A Hatchback With Prestige - 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test
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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: A Hatchback With Prestige

March 31, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

There's no question that our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo is great to drive. For me, it genuinely splits the difference between the 3 Series sedan and the X3 in areas like ride comfort, handling and interior room. But its exterior styling is an acquired taste. Or so I thought until I left it in a Trader Joe's parking lot for 15 minutes one evening. (Note: Parking lot not pictured.)

I emerged from the store with an armful of groceries and noticed that the cars parked on either side of me hadn't moved since I entered the store. But in a row of eight or 10 cars, only the 3 Series GT had a piece of paper secured to its windshield. It was the only BMW in the vicinity. But I hadn't parked badly, so there was no obvious provocation for anyone to leave a hate-gram.

I flipped over the paper and found this house ad from a local real estate agent.

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

If you know much about the West Side of Los Angeles, you know that $1.5 million will not buy you an extravagant house. Else, why would the ad mention that a (public) charter school is within walking distance?

Still, you need a certain level of economic comfort to get a loan for such a dwelling. And upon spotting our gray 328i Gran Turismo, said realtor knew that a BMW driver would almost certainly have it, whereas the owner of the Camry next to me probably would not. That's profiling at its shallowest, but in a small way, it bodes well for the success of the 3 Series hatchback.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor

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