2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: All-Wheel Drive Whether You Want It or Not
November 11, 2014
All-wheel drive can be a nice feature to have on a vehicle if you frequently drive in wet or snowy conditions. But what if you live in, say, Southern California, and don't think you want all-wheel drive on your next new vehicle? You'll be out of luck with the 2014 or 2015 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.
At least for now, BMW only offers its 3 Series Gran Turismo 328i and 335i with all-wheel drive ("xDrive"). This is actually somewhat unusual for BMW, as it does typically offer one rear-wheel-drive ("sDrive") version of its other utility-oriented vehicles, such as the 3 Series wagon, the 5 Series Gran Turismo and the X3 and X5.
Based on the pricing of these vehicles, BMW seems to charge around $2,000 extra for all-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates are a little lower, too, when you get AWD.
If you're singularly focused on a 3 Series Gran Turismo purchase then all of this probably won't be an issue. But if you're cross-shopping other vehicles as well and don't think you want AWD on your next car, it's something you'll want to factor in.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 17,422 miles