2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Multiple Personalities
April 18, 2014
Depending on what drive setting you select, sport, normal or "Eco Pro," the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo has very different personalities. In sport, I'm an impatient lane changer. In normal, I'm relaxed until I see some open road, then I explore the German heritage of this sport sedan. But when the freeways are clogged I'm a mellow Eco Pro guy.
This morning's 32-mile commute restricted me to a blazing top speed of 35 mph. So I switched into Eco Pro and watched my bonus miles begin to build. By the time I reached the office I had amassed a whopping 1.3 bonus miles. What, may you ask, are bonus miles?
Finding the answer to this question was only a few clicks away. I discovered that not only is the owner's manual online, but it's easier to read than its bulky paper counterpart. I quickly got my answer. It appears that by driving in the torpid "Eco Pro" I had extended my range on this tank of gas by 1.3 miles. Frankly, I'm not sure it was worth it. But day in day out, it might add up to a real savings.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor