2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: A Hatchback With Prestige
March 31, 2014
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.
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