2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo First Drive: Introduction
Space, as the saying goes, is the final frontier.
This has certainly always been true of BMW’s 3 Series sedans.
With the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo and the 335i xDrive Gran Turismo, BMW intends to address this issue. Fans of the 3 Series BMW will readily admit space is one aspect of the cars anybody with adult friends—or older children—will find lacking. Voyages in a 3 Series BMW sedan by more than two full-size adults will discover the experience somewhat compromised by a dearth of same. Try as they might, there’s only so much legroom BMW’s interior team could coax out of the standard 3 Series sedan for back seat passengers.
While we’re on the subject, the same is true for cargo capacity too for that matter.
To that end, the 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is the company’s effort to alleviate these shortcomings. Of course, many people would say this is why the company has the 3 Series Sports Wagon. Frankly, were it not for one “small” detail, we would be among them. Thing is, the 3 Series Sports Wagon only addresses the cargo aspect of the solution.
The legroom situation is still—well—a situation.
To that end, those responsible for 3 Series product decisions at BMW feel there’s room in the marketplace for a vehicle with the overall look, and many of the dynamic attributes of the 3 Series cars—along with expanded cargo space and the raised seating position favored by fans of SUVs.
Yes, you’re absolutely right, BMW has tried this formula before with the 5 Series Gran Turismo, and by all accounts it didn’t go over so well. Company representatives are convinced they’ve addressed the shortcomings of that previous model this time, and are confident the 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will find a willing set of consumers—hungry for the attributes this new car bring to the fore.
So, does it work?
Let’s find out…