2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: The Ultimate Errand Machine
October 31, 2014
Easy. That's what comes to mind when I think about our 2014 BMW 328i Gran Turismo. Over a late October weekend, for example, I used our 328 GT to grocery shop, take my wife and two kids to a Halloween party, hit up my local hardware store for various items and perform a few other around-town trips of minor consequence. (Yep, welcome to my very exciting domesticated life.) Each time, the BMW stayed in the background, effortlessly doing its transportation job.
The GT's higher driving position of the front seats (relative to the sedan) makes it easier to enter and exit the vehicle, which could certainly be advantageous for car shoppers with limited mobility. If you've got kids like me, the GT's roomier backseat and longer doors makes it easier to get my kids in and out of their child safety seats. And as we've covered extensively in previous updates, the hatchback design is preferable to a sedan's trunk for loading up groceries and cargo items.
It's true that I don't find our 2014 328i Gran Turismo to be an "Ultimate Driving Machine." It doesn't encourage me to drive through turns enthusiastically or hit up some lightly trafficked country road the way a regular 3 Series can. In return, though, it's a much more practical type of car.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 17,382 miles