2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Rainy Day Companion
December 9, 2014
It rained in Los Angeles last week. I know this doesn't seem like an extreme weather event to many of you, but in L.A. a few things happen when it rains.
For one thing, everyone goes crazy. But also the roads get a slick oily top coat, and if you're not careful, you could have a problem with sudden stops. Potholes form out of nowhere as if the rain disintegrates the asphalt. And last but not least, three traffic lights were out (and blinking red) on my way home from the office.
I learned to drive on the east coast, so rain and snow don't bother me. But the road conditions are out of my control. Our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo has all-wheel drive standard so that helps the situation.
The interior of the BMW is what I found most comforting though. Our long-termer has the Cold Weather package which comes with a heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats. After being caught out in the rain and getting into the driver seat with somewhat damp clothing, the heat all the way up my back provided some relief. And a heated steering wheel is like holding your mother's hand. So sweet.
Although rain-sensing wipers are not a new feature, they work very well in the BMW. You can turn them off too, which is a nice bonus. So you can use the windshield wipers in a standard way by putting them on normal, fast, intermittent, or switch them to automatic and let them choose as needed.
As James mentioned in an earlier post, the hatchback does not have a rear wiper. But I found that by putting on the rear window defogger, the glass not only cleared up but it helped to either move the raindrops along or dry the window. I didn't feel I needed a wiper. Visibility was fine.
All in all, the BMW is not a bad car to drive in the rain.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor