Shoppers who want a luxury vehicle with more cargo capacity and easier loading than a sedan, but who are turned off by SUVs and station wagons, might want to take a look at the 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. Technically a hatchback, it has the standard all-wheel drive, high seating position and generous cargo space of a small crossover. BMW positions the Gran Turismo as an extension of the iconic 3 Series of sport sedans and coupes, and although the GT might not quite reach that level of handling, its distinctive, aggressive styling does fit well into the lineup.
Updated for 2017, the 3 Series GT now features matte-chrome exterior trim, a redesigned rear bumper, improved interior trim quality, two all-new turbocharged engine choices and LED headlights, taillights and foglights. There have also been some changes to the options list, such as enhanced connectivity, updated wireless charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The base 330i xDrive GT is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Moving up to the 340i xDrive GT nets a turbocharged six-cylinder powerplant that develops 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Both engines drive all four wheels through a standard eight-speed automatic sport transmission.
Fuel economy for the 330i GT with its four-cylinder engine is rated by the EPA at 26 mpg combined (23 city/33 highway). The six-cylinder 340i GT achieved a rating of 24 mpg combined (20 city/30 highway).
With a longer wheelbase than a 3 Series sedan, the GT provides increased stability on the road while still offering an engaging driving experience, thanks to lightweight components and advanced suspension geometry. Even more controlled handling can be dialed up with the optional Adaptive M suspension system, which allows the driver to select from a choice of modes and then automatically adapts to changing road conditions. The 330i GT's turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers enough zip to satisfy most buyers, but those looking for a bit of extra excitement might want to test-drive the six-cylinder-powered 340i GT.
The GT's extra length also translates to a larger interior, with plenty of room for front-seat occupants to stretch out. There's a generous amount of legroom in the rear compartment as well. Comfort and convenience features are on par with the rest of the 3 Series, as well as competitive models. The GT's technology items, such as the latest version of the BMW iDrive control system, are well thought out and easy to use. Many buyers will choose the GT for its cargo room, and the BMW hatchback comes through with 24.6 cubic feet of storage space that opens up to 56.5 cubic feet with the backseats folded.
Already well-equipped in standard trim — with such amenities as 10-way power seats, multi-zone climate control, ambient lighting and a premium sound system — both GT models can be upgraded with a number of driver-assist, technology and luxury packages. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo that best meets your needs.
2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Overview
The 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is offered in the following submodels: Hatchback. Available styles include 330i xDrive SULEV 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and 340i xDrive 4dr Hatchback AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). 3 Series Gran Turismo models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 3 Series Gran Turismo comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 3 Series Gran Turismo comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Review This is a model many might not know exists, but it would be the best choice for many people. The somewhat raised four door design makes entry and exist easier, without it being a jacked-up SUV. Hatchbacks are far more useful than sedans, and this one is a fine looking car which can carry all kinds of things. The rear seat has much greater than expected leg room for what is still a compact car. The inline 6 gets excellent fuel economy and so is smooth and powerful that there is no reason to cheat yourself out of enjoying it. The navigation system is easy to use and excellent in every way, putting the one in our 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee to shame. Even the LED headlights are excellent. With so many things done right, the omission of sliding sun visors is difficult to understand. I fixed that by buying Visormates tm.
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2017 bmw 3-series-gran-turismo 330i xDrive SULEV 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 26 combined MPG 23 city MPG/33 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo?
Available BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 2017 Submodel Types: Hatchback
Available BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 2017 Trims: 328i xDrive, 330i xDrive SULEV, 328i xDrive SULEV, 335i xDrive, 340i xDrive
Exterior Colors: Mineral Grey Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Alpine White, Jet Black, Imperial Blue Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Kalahari Beige Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic, Estoril Blue, Arctic Gray Metallic, Sparkling Brown Metallic
Interior Colors: Black Dakota leather, Black SensaTec leatherette, Saddle Brown Dakota w/Exclusive Stitching leather, Black Dakota w/Dark Oyster Highlight leather, Black SensaTec w/Red Highlight leatherette, Coral Red Dakota w/Black Highlight leather, Venetian Beige Dakota leather, Black Dakota w/Red Highlight leather, Saddle Brown Dakota w/Brown Highlight leather, Black Dakota w/Exclusive Stitching leather, Venetian Beige SensaTec leatherette, Black Dakota w/Blue Highlight leather, Dakota Oyster/Black w/Dark Oyster Accent leather, Oyster Dakota leather, Saddle Brown Dakota leather, Venetian Beige Dakota w/Dark Oyster Highlight leather, Venetian Beige Dakota w/Exclusive Stitching leather, Venetian Beige/Black SensaTec leatherette
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Upgraded Headlights, Alarm, Back-up camera, Heated seats, Navigation, Keyless Entry/Start, Adaptive Cruise Control, Parking sensors, Leather Seats, Heads up display, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Upgraded Stereo, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Mobile Internet, Pre-collision safety system
Engine/Mechanics: 4, 6 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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