2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Review
Pros & Cons
- 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
List Price Range
$21,000 - $32,999
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Which 3 Series Gran Turismo does Edmunds recommend?
The four-cylinder engine’s power will be sufficient for most and returns better fuel economy, so we’d stick with the 330i, although the 340i's engine is a true gem. One of the downsides of the Gran Turismo is its lack of a few key standard features. Sensible options include the Premium package (adding keyless entry and power lumbar support) and the Driver Assistance Plus package (adding parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring to alleviate visibility issues). We’d also opt for the Dynamic Handling package, which brings better ride comfort thanks to its adaptive suspension.
Edmunds' Expert Review
Don't let the Gran Turismo's 4.4-inch-longer wheelbase (versus the 3 Series sedan), elevated seating position or hatchback bodystyle fool you. This is still a true performance machine. It's a joy to drive with plenty of seat-of-the-pants feel that boosts the driver's confidence.
Especially with our test car's optional adaptive shock absorbers, the Gran Turismo deftly balances comfort and driving performance. It's remarkably quiet, too.
Admirable materials combine with thoughtful (if plain) design to earn this car top scores. The small interior cubbies and bins could be of some concern, but the Gran Turismo makes up for this with laudable cargo capacity.
Another strong suit for the Gran Turismo. Although there's a shortage of handy nooks for stashing smaller items (a typical BMW shortcoming), the 3 Series GT compensates with its capacious and user-friendly cargo hold.
|Overall||4.5 / 5|
Most helpful consumer reviews
F. Stephen Masek,02/08/2018
340i xDrive 4dr Hatchback AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
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. Ventilated seats and radar cruise control are also missing features which should be standard.
Features & Specs
See all Used 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo features & specs
330i xDrive SULEV 4dr Hatchback AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
23 city / 33 hwy
8-speed shiftable automatic
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
340i xDrive 4dr Hatchback AWD
3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A
20 city / 30 hwy
8-speed shiftable automatic
320 hp @ 5500 rpm
Our experts like the 3 Series Gran Turismo models:
- 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.