2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo
- Hatchback utility with sport sedan performance
- Extended wheelbase increases rear legroom
- Strong and fuel-efficient engines
- All-wheel drive is standard
- Sloping roofline cuts into rear headroom
- Less cargo volume than a comparable crossover SUV
- Not as sharp to drive as a 3 Series sedan
Which 3 Series Gran Turismo does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
The 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is one of the quirkier options among compact luxury cars. It's not a crossover, but it has elevated seats and standard all-wheel drive. It's not a wagon, but its cargo capacity compares favorably to that of the actual 3 Series wagon. It's not a sedan, but it mostly handles like one.
Though we don't consider the 3 Series GT a best-of-all-worlds vehicle, it certainly occupies an intriguing middle ground between luxury, sport and versatility. With strong turbocharged acceleration from either the base 330i's four-cylinder engine or the 340i's inline-six, all-season traction and room for a family of five and their luggage, the 3 Series GT covers more bases than most luxury cars in this price range.
For those who want a true crossover SUV, there's the 3 Series-based X3, while the crisp-handling 328i and 328d wagons will get you even sharper driving dynamics. But the X3 is a taller and less nimble vehicle, and the Gran Turismo has roomier rear quarters than the wagon thanks to its stretched wheelbase. Another point to consider is that you can't get the 340i's inline-six in the wagon, so if you want sports-car acceleration without going the full crossover route, the 3 Series GT is right in your wheelhouse.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is available in two trim levels: 330i xDrive and 340i xDrive. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission come standard on both. The main difference is under the hood, the 330i packing a potent turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (248 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) and the 340i upgrading to a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six (320 hp, 330 lb-ft). The 340i also gets a few additional standard features, including a premium-leather steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with satellite radio.
The 330i xDrive Gran Turismo isn't exactly brimming with standard luxuries, but it does include niceties such as 18-inch alloy wheels (with all-season run-flat tires), automatic LED headlights, LED foglights, automatic wipers, power-folding and auto-dimming heated side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof and a power liftgate. Interior highlights include dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power sport front seats (with power-adjustable side bolsters), driver-seat memory settings, imitation-leather (premium vinyl) upholstery, 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. On the technology front, the 330i comes standard with Bluetooth and the iDrive infotainment interface, but it must make do with a rudimentary 6.5-inch display screen that pales by comparison to the Technology package's 8.8-inch screen (see below). Sound is delivered via a nine-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.
The 340i xDrive Gran Turismo is similarly equipped but adds the standard items mentioned above. We should add that the keyless access system also includes a foot sensor for hands-free trunk opening.
You can add most of the 340i's extras to the 330i as options, although the premium-leather steering wheel is a 340i exclusive. A number of packages are offered on both trim levels, including the Luxury package, which adds exterior chrome design elements, leather upholstery, and a choice of various wood or metallic interior trim panels, plus the option of non-sport front seats with less aggressive bolstering. The M Sport package offers a variety of sport-themed interior trim treatments, and it adds an aerodynamic body kit, BMW's "shadowline" exterior trim, an M steering wheel and a option to add the Adaptive M suspension at a small discount. You can also get the Adaptive M suspension as a bundle with variable-ratio sport steering if you select the Dynamic Handling package.
The Technology package is another notable bundle. It includes a head-up display, a navigation system, voice controls, a higher-resolution 8.8-inch display and an upgraded iDrive interface with a touchpad controller and additional online services. Outward visibility within the GT isn’t stellar, so we recommend at least the Driver Assistance package, which includes front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. The Driver Assistance Plus package adds blind-spot monitoring, a multiview parking camera system, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a drowsy driver warning system and a speed-limit display.
The Lighting package includes adaptive LED headlights that swivel and point toward your direction of travel, along with automatic high beams that aid visibility on dark roads. The Cold Weather package features front and rear heated seats plus a heated steering wheel.
Finally, standalone options include 19-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, an automated parking system, Apple CarPlay and wireless charging with a Wi-Fi hot spot.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects.The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current 3 Series Gran Turismo has been revised, including all-new engines for 2017. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's 3 Series Gran Turismo, however, and keep in mind that the four-cylinder engine in the 328i rated here generates virtually the same horsepower and torque as its counterpart in the 2017 330i.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out4.5
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite 3 Series Gran Turismo safety features:
- Active Cruise Control
- Allows you to set a speed and maintain a desired distance from the car ahead. Will bring the car to a stop if needed.
- Active Blind-Spot Detection
- A radar-based system warns of approaching vehicles in adjacent lanes with a triangular warning symbol on the exterior mirrors.
- Frontal Collision Warning and Mitigation
- A camera-based system that guards against collisions with driver alerts and (if necessary) automatic emergency braking.
2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo for Sale
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: 3 Series Gran Turismo 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).
What do people think of the 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 3 Series Gran Turismo 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 3 Series Gran Turismo.
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