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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Great Big Sunroof

July 25, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

This is not an inexpensive car. Base price is $42,375 and our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo, which has more than its fair share of options, carries an MSRP of $55,500.

At those numbers it should be equipped with plenty of cool stuff, which it is. Check out its big sunroof.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Worthless Sport Displays

July 24, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Playing aimlessly with the iDrive system of our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo can have its rewards, but it can also be a bit like surfing eBay Motors after a few hard lemonades. You wake up the next day with a bad headache and keen sense of regret.

So I found out.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Simple Button Operation

July 16, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Sometimes simple is best. Our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo still has a simple one-touch button to reset its trip meter.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Plenty of Legroom, but Headroom Can Be Tight

July 04, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Part of the appeal of the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo is its longer wheelbase and body than the regular 3 Series sedan and wagon. BMW has put that extra length to use for expanding the amount of rear legroom and cargo space.

If you're an adult seated in back, you'll probably be impressed by the amount of space you have to stretch out your legs. It's excellent for any entry-level luxury car. At the same time, however, you could be disappointed in the amount of headroom the 3 GT has.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Like the Interior Design

June 30, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

If you bought a 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo like our car, I suspect there's a good chance you'd be pretty pleased every time you took a seat and looked around at the GT's high quality interior.

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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: Windshield Glare

May 15, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

I get this a lot when I drive our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo. It's a big bright glare on the window. I stays right in front of my face for long portions of my drive. And it's always that same shape.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Cruise Control Counterpoint

April 23, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

I feel compelled to add a "yeah, but" regarding the cruise control system in our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo. Dan Edmunds reckons that its cruise control is pretty dandy; nay, the best ever.

I agree with Dan regarding the aspects of its effectiveness he identified. These are calibration-related performance factors, and in this regard the system is very good. However, the system's ergonomics fall short of many other automakers' systems...and even BMW's own previous efforts.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Best. Cruise. Control. Ever.

April 17, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

That's right. I'm not afraid to say it. The cruise control on our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo is the best I've ever sampled.

I should note, for the record, that I am talking about standard cruise control here. Our 3 Series GT is not equipped with the optional adaptive cruise control system that's built to maintain a following distance if other cars are present.

It starts with the controls on the steering wheel. Buttons for power, set and resume are set in an array around a thumb wheel for making speed adjustments. Roll it up or down against the detent to trim the set speed in 1 mph increments. Push past this initial resistance and you'll get a 5 mph bump.

On the instrument panel, a ring around the outer rim of the speedo contains lights that pinpoint your current set speed. Orange indicates an inactive speed that you'll get back to when you hit resume, green indicates an active speed you're at or, if you just made an adjustment, heading towards. The chosen set speed also shows up digitally and lingers for a few seconds on the head-up display whenever you make a change.

All of that is great, but it's not the best part.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT: Dash Rattle

April 9, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT

I took our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo (that's a mouthful) on our 116-mile evaluation loop last week so I could do an Edmunds Rating on it. If you've ever seen our Ratings on the Web site, then you know we get pretty in-depth.

As such, this is not just a carefree drive through the countryside with the stereo blasting. We're assessing ride comfort, tire noise, wind noise, seat comfort, cubby storage and even how easy it is to get in/out of the car (the latter usually not while we're driving). And lots more.

What's my point?

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: No Backup Camera? Really?

April 8, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo has many things.

It has a base price of $42,375. Our particular example has options such as the $2,200 Premium package and the $3,150 Technology package. This last one includes a hard-drive navigation system with a large color display.

It also has a big butt and rearward visibility that's worse than many SUVs.

Despite the large screen and the enlarged posterior, what our 2014 BMW 328i GT doesn't have is a backup camera.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Head-Up Display

April 1, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

I'm becoming a fan of head-up displays. Our 2014 Mazda3 has one that I like quite a bit. And the HUD on this new 2014 BMW 328i GT is pretty great, too.

They're similar in that both show speed, cruise control set speed and next-turn information if a navigation route is active. Mazda uses a single color for all of these elements while BMW uses at least three.

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT: Non-Syncing Climate Control

March 26, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT

Near as I can tell, you can't sync the dual-zone climate control on the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo.

With many dual-zone systems you can hit a "sync" button so that anytime the driver changes the temp both the driver and passenger sides change to that temp automatically.

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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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