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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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