2014 BMW 3 Series Wagon - Rating Details


A
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon Driven On 6/17/2014 Ratings Summary The 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon provides responsive handling, a comfortable and composed ride, incredible fuel efficiency, energetic acceleration, a well-crafted cabin, a versatile and spacious cargo area, all-weather traction and attractive styling. What more could you possibly want from a car? Perhaps more features for your money.
B
Performance The diesel-powered, torque-rich 328d never feels slow even though a gas-powered 328i is quicker. All other dynamic attributes are on par with other 3 Series models. Eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard; manual or rear drive are unavailable.
Acceleration
B
The 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline-4's ample 280 lb-ft of torque really pushes you into your seat and makes the 328d feel quicker than its 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds would suggest. A 328i is about 2 seconds quicker.
Braking
B
Emergency stop from 60 mph was 126 feet -- a few feet longer than average for all-season tires and disappointing for a BMW. Firm pedal with ample feel is excellent, though.
Steering
A
Perhaps it's not as communicative as BMWs past, but still highly informative and precise. The effort in both Comfort and Sport feels natural and appropriate.
Handling
A
Overall handling hampered by mediocre grip from as-tested all-season tires, but its responsive steering, brilliant chassis and predictable limits when driven hard nevertheless shine through.
Driveability
B
Brakes, steering, transmission are well calibrated for easy, smooth driving. Auto stop/start system is far more jarring with diesel engine, but when turned off, it now stays off when you leave and return to the car.
A
Comfort One might associate BMW with sport-tuned automobiles that prioritize sportiness over comfort. Yet, the 3 Series is proof that you can have your cake and eat it, too. This is a very comfortable and quiet car despite its dynamic talents.
Seating Comfort
A
Hard-to-beat front seats. Enormous range of power adjustability; firm and supportive; perfect for long distances and cornering. Sport seats add thigh extension and power bolsters. Back seat a little flat.
Ride Comfort
A
Even with the M Sport package, BMW's wizards manage to achieve a comfortable, well-composed ride. It's the best in the segment.
Quietness
B
At highway speeds, you'd never know this is a diesel, but you do when accelerating and at idle. Not necessarily objectionable, but still a bit truck-ish. Road and wind noise very quiet.
A
Interior Clever cargo area features and generous space make a solid case for buying the Sport Wagon version of BMW's 3 Series. The rest of the cabin is exactly the same as its functional, no-nonsense sedan counterpart.
Ergonomics
B
Basic controls for lights, wipers, etc., are well-placed and easy to use. Cruise controls on wheel are excellent. iDrive controls a bit complicated at first, but you quickly acclimate, especially with fewer features.
Ingress/Egress
B
Short doors allow access in confined parking spots. Seat height doesn't require squatting or climbing. Rear seat access is similarly easy. Dog owners will appreciate the shorter jump-in height.
Space/Room
B
Rear seats fit two adults comfortably, although a tall driver up front will eat into legroom. Headroom may be a bit tight in back because of standard panoramic sunroof.
Visibility
A
Rearview camera is an option; it shouldn't be. Visibility is otherwise excellent in all directions, especially when compared to the often compromised rear three-quarter views of crossovers.
Cargo/Storage
A
Pop-in metal "fence" keeps groceries in place, retracting dog net keeps Fido in place. Deep under-floor bins. Tailgate glass opens separately for long items like surfboards. Seat-up cargo capacity is 17 cu-ft, max is a class-leading 53.
B
Value You'll have to place a premium value on superior engineering and interior craftsmanship because you won't be getting a lot of equipment for your money. Diesel engine costs you $1,500 more than gas 328i, but could save you an average $600 per year (based on EPA estimates).
Build Quality (vs. $)
A
Solidly built from the ground up with excellent materials and precise engineering. No gimmicks. This is clearly worth a price premium, but $2,000-$3,000 more than its competitors?
Features(vs. $)
C
Despite a price tag topping $48,000, there was no rearview camera, navigation, satellite radio, leather, heated seats or xenon lights. Competitors have that equipment for less money.
Cost
B
Diesel model costs a reasonable $1,500 more than gasoline model, while it'll save you at least $600 in gasoline per year (depending on miles driven and cost of diesel). It will likely save you money versus other 3 Series.
MPG
A
EPA estimates 35 mpg Combined (31 City/45 Highway), while we achieved 34.3 mpg on our evaluation loop. Very efficient, but we were expecting better given that most cars (especially diesel ones) do better than EPA combined.
Warranty
B
BMW's warranty is 4 years/50,000 miles on the 2014 328d.
Ownership
A
Free scheduled maintenance is included for 4 years/50,000 miles and includes oil services, wiper blades, brakes, belts and more.
A
Fun To Drive Just as engaging to drive as a BMW 3 Series sedan, but with better fuel efficiency and more cargo capacity. At the same time, if you compare it to a small crossover, it's far more fun and interesting when behind the wheel.
Driving Experience
A
It may be a wagon, but that doesn't mean this 3 Series lacks the high levels of driver engagement this popular (and increasingly iconic) model is known for. A true driver's car.
Personality
A
With its diesel engine, wagon body style and M Sport package (complete with flashy red paint), the 328d is a unique car. It may have niche appeal, but those in that niche will have a strong emotional connection to it.
ADVERTISEMENT

Research Models

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 BMW 3 Series Wagon in VA is:

$166 per month*
* Explanation
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT