2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Impressive Four-Cylinder Power
June 3, 2014
It doesn't look like much, especially with a healthy coat of dust on it, but the turbocharged 2.0-liter in our 2014 BMW 328i GT is a real piece of work.
It produces a strong punch off the line despite its small size and sounds good doing it. All those gears in the eight-speed transmission certainly help the cause. At higher engine speeds, it remains smooth and relatively quiet. Sure, one of BMW's legendary straight sixes is smoother and quieter, but this engine is as close as a four-cylinder is likely to get.
Best of all, there's plenty of power left up top for quick passes at highway speeds. So much so that I'm often left thinking that it's all the engine this car needs. If I were buying one I would have a hard time spending the extra cash for the 3.0-liter six.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 10,967 miles