2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test - Cargo Space
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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Adjustable Hatch Height

February 18, 2015

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

A few weeks ago I shot a video of our BMW's power liftgate in action. It did not break YouTube, but I thought it well illustrated the unique hatchbackness of our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo.

However, what I didn't show you was the adjustability of the hatch's opening height which is accomplished with just a few twists and turns of BMW's iDrive dial.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Storage Convenience

February 3, 2015

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Every time I think our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo is just like any other 3 Series I get another reminder of how it's different.

It's easy to forget about the back half of the car from the driver seat as it drives just like the sedan. Then I go shopping for some bedroom décor for my daughter and all that extra space suddenly becomes the perfect storage area for all the random stuff we bought.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Power Liftgate Video

January 28, 2015

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Does the Tree Fit?

December 10, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

My six-foot Christmas tree fit perfectly inside our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo and was able to close fully, even with the stand already attached. This is why I love hatchbacks.

The GT's cargo capacity with all seats in place is 25.0 cu.ft. Drop the two back seats and this hatchback is simply cavernous.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: LED Lighting

October 24, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

The steady influx of LED lighting into the automotive industry is a good thing. The crisp light it provides with substantially less electricity, its lower operating temperature and the compact/multi-contour dimensions are all an engineer/designer's dream come true. We had fun with our 2011 Ford Mustang GT's LED ambient and instrument panel "MyColor," lighting, purposely setting the most unattractive combinations of gauge/surround color for the next driver to find.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Cargo Features

October 23, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

I picked up my daughter from school the other day, and as is always the case, we loaded her roller-bag, lunch box, and water bottle into the trunk. Often, we struggle with a place to put her water bottle so that it doesn't roll to the deep, dark recesses of the trunk, but lo and behold, our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo made our search a short one.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Dirty Work

September 17, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

You can never have a truck often enough when moving homes. It's an invaluable tool before, during and for weeks after the move. I might make the costs of a pickup part of the escrow package next time I move. I didn't have a truck when I needed to dispose of old paint cans, some decaying chemicals and other junk left behind by the previous owners, but the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo was available.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: The Bike Fits Easily

September 1, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

I knew it would be no big deal to put my road bike into the back of the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo.

But I wasn't expecting it would have a large enough seats-down cargo area that I could just throw it in there, all-wheels-on.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Good for Odd Cargo

August 18, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

The dog days have arrived, and so it was time to buy a fan, and get it home. As others have noted, the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo can easily haul a lot of cargo. For me, the important thing was that it could take in the fan's long box. And now I'm cool.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Room for People, Dogs and a Piñata

July 08, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

The trip requirements were as follows: Room for three people, a small weekend bag each and a whole heap of surprise party stuff. The latter included decorations, food and two boxes of booze — for the 15-plus attendees, not just the three in the car. Any number of our Edmunds long-term cars could get the job done, but as the journey would take us up into the mountains around Lake Arrowhead, California, a car of some athleticism was preferred.

If that doesn't call for our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo I'm not sure what does. It's certainly more spacious and practical than our new Porsche Macan.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Grocery Getter Hatch

June 18, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

I may be punished for calling the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo a grocery-getter. But in this case, that's not a bad thing.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Has a Premium Audio System

June 12, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo has a premium audio system, when it's hauling two re-coned Jennings Research speaker stacks encased in walnut cabinets, that is. A defunct speaker maker started by a former JBL engineer, Jennings made really nice product, but apparently lacked the business sense to succeed. The speakers sing sweetly again, given new life by the pros at Orange County Speaker.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo vs. 328d xDrive Sport Wagon

June 11, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Two cars: one our long-term 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and the other a 2014 BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon. They're both 3 Series, they both have extra cargo space compared to the regular sedan, both come standard with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and they even have the same base price at $42,375.

And yet, they are quite different.

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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.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT: Hard To Argue Against a Hatchback

March 20, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT

You may not like the way the 2014 BMW 3 Series GT looks, but it's hard to argue with the utility of its hatchback configuration. Compared to the 3 Series sedan, the GT offers nearly six additional cubic feet of cargo space. Not only that, it's far more accessible cargo space which makes it even more useful as Dan mention on his road trip.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Love the Hatchback

March 14, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

It's a hatchback. That's the whole point of the 2014 BMW 328i Gran Turismo. But to me the term GT has evolved to represent performance. The term appears everywhere in motorsports. I think it's more accurate in this case to say that GT stands for Gigantic Trunk. After all, there are 24.6 cubic feet of storage under that hatch. A 3 Series sedan's trunk can offer but 13.0 cubic feet.

And that's with the seats up and occupied. Fold the rear seatbacks down flat and our 328i GT has 56.5 cubic feet of easily accessed cargo space. That's getting close to crossover territory in a car that drives like a 3 Series. Factor in the fact the xDrive all-wheel drive is standard and the 328i GT starts to make a kind of sense for those that would rather drive a car than a crossover.

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