2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Another Stop/Start Convert
January 5, 2015
Like many on our staff, I'm a little adverse to stop/start systems like the one in our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo. It's usually one of the first things I turn off when I get in a car. But that didn't happen this weekend and I was a little surprised that I didn't think much about it.
Much of it has to do with the fact that the system in our 3 Series is fairly seamless. It shuts off and on without much shuddering or noise. The fact that it's a relatively small four-cylinder engine helps. Tougher to do that with a supercharged V8 like in our Jaguar F-Type.
With the radio on at a decent volume I didn't even notice the system working half the time. Fellow editor Carroll Lachnit says she actually appreciates the added silence at stops, while Dan Edmunds found that keeping the system on delivers nearly two and a half extra miles per gallon. Not bad for something that works entirely on its own.
If more systems become as unobtrusive as the one in our 3 Series I think I could get used to them.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 19,485 miles