2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Features To Get
November 13, 2014
If you've decided to buy a 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo you'll likely be looking at certain models on Edmunds' inventory listings (or dealer lots). Or you might be thinking you'd like to have one custom ordered. Either way, you'll have to decide which options or packages you want. I've spent a lot of time with our 3 GT, and that's given me the opportunity to think about the feature packages I really like or ones I wish we had.
Our car has the Premium package ($2,200 MSRP) which includes keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, front seat adjustable lumbar support and satellite radio. I like the leather upholstery, and the keyless ignition/entry is very handy for a family-oriented vehicle such as this. I'd get this package.
We also have the Technology package ($3,150) that gets you Bluetooth audio connectivity, a navigation system, a higher-resolution 8.8-inch display, BMW Connect (smartphone app integration), BMW Remote Services and a head-up display. I suppose the value of this depends on how tech-oriented you are. I don't often use Bluetooth audio streaming or the connectivity app functions. The head-up display is useful, though, and the bigger screen almost seems mandatory for a luxury sedan. I'm on the fence for this.
For safer driving, the Driver Assistance package ($950 MSRP) provides a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. We've already noted how we're bummed about the lack of a rearview camera on our car. The 3 Gran Turismo doesn't have a rear wiper, either. So it's a must-have.
If I were trying to keep costs in check, I'd skip the extra safety features in the Driver Assistance Plus package ($1,900) that include blind-spot monitoring; a top-down parking camera system; lane-departure and frontal-collision warnings; and a speed limit info display. Our car doesn't have this package and I haven't felt the need for these features.
Cold weather package ($950)? Makes sense if you live somewhere cold. Lighting package ($900)? I do wish our car had xenon headlights.
Then there's the Dynamic Handling package ($1,000) that bundles variable-ratio steering with adaptive suspension dampers. I don't find our car overly fun to drive even with this package, so I'd skip it and just stick with the standard setup.
There are a few other stand-alone features, and some things in the above packages are available individually, but these are my overarching thoughts. If you've got a 3 Series Gran Turismo, or you think you could own one, would you do anything differently?
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 17,779 miles