2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test


2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Underfloor Storage, Cargo Space and the Sport Wagon

April 21, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

I needed a place to stash some hand tools in our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo. I really didn't want them loose in the cabin with me, as they'd be pretty nasty projectiles in the event of a crash.

When I ventured into the 328i GT's cargo area, I recalled that it is equipped with run-flat tires, which means there might be a handy place for a few loose tools back there.

I was more right than I expected.

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

The cargo area's floor access door is supported by a gas strut (sure, a little hook and tether would be fine, too). There are several voluminous storage bins beneath, perfect for exactly what I needed in this instance.

Using that as a segue, no discussion of the 3 Series Gran Turismo's cargo space is complete without addressing its stablemate. It's easy to be cynical about the idea of this car when the 3 Series Sport Wagon exists. The 3 Series Gran Turismo delivers less than one cubic foot of additional cargo volume over the wagon (this grows to 3.5 cubic feet with the seats folded), yet is larger and weighs 135 pounds more.

However, the Gran Turismo has a higher seating position, its much-longer wheelbase delivers far more backseat legroom and its base price is the same as that of the wagon. Much as I'm a wagon guy, I recognize that this is one of those horses-for-courses things.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

Comments

  • redxsage redxsage Posts:

    Hmmm... I find it interesting that thus far, I've not come across anyone who lists the actual cargo capacity of any of the BMW 3-Series vehicles. Even the BMW website seems to include every conceivable measurement of the cars -- except interior volume and cargo capacity. Is this top secret or something?

  • clachnit clachnit Posts:

    Edmunds always lists this among "features and specs." For the 2014 BMW 320i, for example, cargo capacity, all seats in place, is 13 cubic feet: http://www.edmunds.com/bmw/3-series/2014/features-specs.html?style=200489817

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