Car and Driver: 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Test Drive

3-Series | March 20th, 2013 by 7
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Not the most comprehensive review every published by Car and Driver, but U.S. magazine shares with us their thoughts on BMW’s newest gimmick: the 3 …

Not the most comprehensive review every published by Car and Driver, but U.S. magazine shares with us their thoughts on BMW’s newest gimmick: the 3 Series Gran Turismo. So far the journalists’ opinions seem to be split, some gave the GT thumbs up while others were less impressed.

Here is an excerpt:

“The 3-series GT, we submit, is a far-better-looking car than the 5-series GT, and it does make good use of its larger dimensions. Thanks to its enlarged body, the trunk holds between 18 and 57 cubic feet of luggage, more than the 3-series Sports Wagon it joins in BMW’s U.S. lineup. There is very generous legroom in the back, and the split rear seat can be adjusted through 15 stages. The driver enjoys that higher seating position so dear to SUV and crossover lovers, and the interior fittings are done to the elevated standards of the current 3-series.

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All of that extra space, of course, comes at a penalty. The higher center of gravity, longer wheelbase, and extra 300 pounds (versus the sedan) rob it of some agility. Fitted with the rear suspension of the Sports Wagon, the GT becomes a more comfortable and softer vehicle. Still, it doesn’t object to playing. We experienced a little more understeer than is usual for a 3-series sedan, but inducing power oversteer is easy and fun.

We are still not fully satisfied with the electrically assisted power steering, which could be lighter and more natural feeling. But there’s little to be gained by bemoaning the loss of hydraulic power steering. At least the efficiency gain is significant.”

Full review at Car and Driver

  • Giom

    Why do they keep pointing out the higher cg? Isn’t that obvious? It’s an obvious result of form follows function. If a low cog is at the top of your list (and not practicality), wouldn’t you go for the coupé?

  • Nizer

    Ugh. Didn’t they learn anything with the 5GT? Just stick to sport wagons please.

  • Anony

    Complaining about the steering not being light enough??? Seriously? If they want “easy” steering they should go to a Mercedes- except they complain about the Mercedes steering being too light.

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