2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Extremely Comfortable
January 29, 2015
I think some consumers get the wrong impression of BMW. One of my neighbors, a Lexus owner, told me recently how BMWs are drivers' cars and he wants something comfortable.
This may have been true in 1972. But today it's a misinterpretation of the BMW's long running Ultimate Driving Machine tagline.
Unless you're talking about an M3 GTS, which lacked air conditioning to save weight and came with a factory roll bar and fire extinguisher, modern BMWs put a high priority on luxury and comfort. Some more than others.
Our long-term 2014 BMW 328i GT, for instance, is extremely comfortable. Extremely.
From its driver seat to its seating position to its ride quality, our 328i is a luxury car first and foremost. Sure it's more fun and interesting to drive than my neighbor's five-year-old ES350, but it by no means demands even the smallest sacrifice in comfort from its occupants.
I personally love the shape and support of the BMW's driver seat. I'm 5' 11" 185 lbs., and it fits me perfectly. It's also radically adjustable, including power adjustment for lumbar support and the amount of "hug" you want from its side bolsters. I like to sit low when I drive, so I also appreciate that its height is adjustable (also power).
When you combine all of that with the 328i's tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and its well-placed pedals and other controls I find it to be one of the most comfortable cars in our fleet.
Next chance I get I'll let my neighbor take the BMW 328i GT for a ride and see how he feels about it. I think he'll realize that his impression of BMWs, which was shaped back in college by his roommate's 2002, is more than outdated, it's just flat wrong.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 20,998 miles