The Great Engine Debate - 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

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2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: The Great Engine Debate

December 18, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

After not having been in our 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo for a while, driving it had the exact opposite effect on me as it did on our incredibly esteemed Features Editor, Mike Magrath. Click here for his take.

Magrath wants more motor, says the 2.0-liter turbo-four with 240 horsepower "just isn't enough for me." Which is funny, because while I was driving it I was thinking, "man, there's always plenty of oomph, enough that it's easy to forget this thing is just a four-cylinder. It wouldn't be hard to mistake it for a six."

And hey, I've gone on record as saying this is one of the best four-cylinder engines out there. And by that I mean I just said it right now.

But I'm not going to channel my inner Scott Oldham and call Magrath crazy (he is, of course, but I would never put that in writing. That would be mean.), because he is entitled to his own opinion. And there's nothing wrong with wanting more power.

Except I think for what this vehicle is (some sort of wagon/crossover type thing), who it's aimed at and that it's not intended to be as outright sporty of a machine as the smaller 3 Series sedan, this four-cylinder turbo is plenty fine.

Would I mind more power? No. Do I need it? Heck no.

Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 19,148 miles


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