2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: No Rear Wiper
December 5, 2014
It's raining here in Southern California this week for the first time since 2009 (I'm guessing), and as such, ready yourself for the requisite comments about the performance of our myriad long-termers' windshield wipers. In the case of our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo, they were streaky and indicative of wipers that have been sporadically used. However, I'm here to talk about the wiper it does not have.
Although the Gran Turismo's hatchback/sedan body style may seem novel to some, it's really not. Although the GT's tall roof and extra wheelbase are unique, that hatch design is essentially what you could get on the first-generation Mazda 6 as well as any number of older European midsize sedans like the Ford Mondeo, Opel Vectra and Renault Laguna just to name a few. They all had long hatches with a similar angle as the Gran Turismo's and they also all had rear windshield wipers. The GT doesn't even offer one as an option. It should.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 18,758 miles