2019 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Review
Pros & Cons
- Offers massive utility compared to a similarly sized luxury sedan
- More rear legroom than the regular 3 Series
- Strong and fuel-efficient engines
- All-wheel drive is standard
- Doesn't possess the 2019 3 Series sedans' many updates
- Fewer packages and options than past model years
- Less cargo volume than a wagon or a small SUV
- Outward visibility could be better
List Price Estimate
$32,422 - $37,128
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Which 3 Series Gran Turismo does Edmunds recommend?
If you're fine with the higher price and fuel bill, we definitely won't dissuade you from the 340i since its turbocharged six-cylinder is quite simply awesome. That said, you definitely don't need it. The turbocharged four-cylinder 330i offers robust power while delivering surprisingly good fuel economy. It's, therefore, the model we'd recommend to most shoppers. None of the Tier equipment packages are must-haves.
Edmunds' Expert Review
Don't let the Gran Turismo's longer wheelbase (compared to the 3 Series sedan's), elevated seating position or hatchback body style fool you. It is still a true performance machine. It's a joy to drive with a seat-of-the-pants feel that boosts the driver's confidence.
Especially with the optional adaptive dampers, as our test car had, the Gran Turismo deftly balances comfort and driving performance. It's remarkably quiet, too.
High-quality materials combine with a 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 it with laudable cargo capacity.
Utility is another strong suit for the Gran Turismo. There's a shortage of handy nooks for stashing smaller items — a typical BMW shortcoming — but the 3 Series GT compensates with its capacious and user-friendly cargo hold.
This is not the latest BMW iDrive system that you'll find in the redesigned 3 Series sedan and several other models. The center display, in particular, is smaller and isn't a touchscreen. Still, this is a fairly easy system to figure out. Standard driver aids are a welcome addition.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the 3 Series Gran Turismo models:
- Active Cruise Control
- Also known as adaptive cruise control, this feature maintains a set speed and distance to the car ahead and will bring the car to a stop if needed.
- Active Driving Assistant
- Warns you about impediments ahead and departures from your lane. It can also automatically brake if necessary.
- BMW Assist eCall
- Automatically alerts 911 of a collision and provides an emergency SOS button for other instances.