2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT: Drives Like a 3 Series
March 27, 2014
I wasn't sure what to make of a 3 Series version of BMW's rear-heavy-looking Gran Turismo experiment.
Then I took it through some twisty bits on California's famous Mulholland Drive.
So how did it perform?
Even with a wheelbase extended by 4.4 inches versus a regular 3 Series sedan, and fitted with standard all-wheel drive (or xDrive, in BMW-speak), the 328i GT handled pretty much like a normal 3 Series.
Meaning it was responsive, sure-footed and, yes, fun. In spite of the fact the all-season tires (Pirelli Cinturato P7s) on our long-term 328i GT seem particularly grip-less, squealing earlier than you'd expect.
That just means the action happens sooner and at lower speeds, and on a public road that's okay. With sharp steering fed to your hands through a thick leather-wrapped wheel, you can really toss this 3 Series GT around. Its initial desire to understeer can be controlled with throttle adjustments, and even though I didn't fully defeat the stability system (had it in the Sport Plus dynamic mode), it still allowed a degree of tail-out action exiting slow turns.
Like I said, unexpected fun.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 6,509 miles