2014 BMW 3-Series 328i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4 Overview
2014 BMW 3-Series Overview
The 3-Series is the entry-level sedan for BMW that has been manufactured for about 30 years, and has consistently set the bar for its class across the decades. From the launch of the first generation, the BMW 3-Series has been one of the most popular, if not the most popular, cars in its class. This is owed in no small part to the fact that the 3-Series comes in several configurations to please a variety of drivers.
New for 2014
- The sixth generation of the BMW 3-Series was launched for the 2012 model year, and as such, the 2014 BMW 3-Series remains relatively unchanged.
- A four-door, hatchback-style, the Gran Turismo, will join the BMW 3-Series lineup
When the BMW 3-Series was first introduced in 1977, it had a new and unique style for the time. Since then, the exterior design of the 3-Series cars has remained consistent. Over six generations of the BMW 3-Series, it is easy to see how the design has evolved to what is seen with the 2014 BMW 3-Series. The designers at BMW have created a car that is consistently conservative, and yet is contemporary to its time. The 2014 BMW 3-Series is taller and longer than previous versions, and has sharper, more angular lines. However, it is still easy to see that the car behind the signature twin-kidney grille is a BMW 3-Series.
Interior & Cargo
The uncomplicated and conservative look of the exterior of the 2014 BMW 3-Series continues into the cabin. The interior has a definite driver focus with a clean dashboard, free from loads of buttons and controls, and covered in upscale materials. While this is an entry-level luxury car, both the front and the rear of the 2014 BMW 3-Series provide ample head and legroom to seat up to four adults comfortably. Cargo capacity is good in the sedans, while the 2014 BMW 328i sport wagon has a definite advantage for those looking to carry plenty of cargo.
There are three trim lines for the 2014 BMW 3-Series based on engine size and body shape. The base BMW 320i is fully equipped with a dual-zone climate control system, rain-sensing wipers, and a nine-speaker audio system. Upgrading to higher trim lines will mean the addition of leather seats, power front seats, and a navigation system.
The 2014 BMW 3-Series comes equipped with anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, eight airbags, front seat active head restraints, and impact sensors as standard safety equipment. In the event of a collision, the impact sensors cause the doors to unlock, activation of the hazard lights, and the disconnection of electrical systems that could be hazardous. Optional safety equipment includes top and side view cameras and adaptive cruise control.
The 2014 BMW 3-Series models are powered by two different engines, and all come in rear or all-wheel drive. The 2014 BMW 320i and BMW 328i both contain 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Within the 2014 BMW 320i, the engine provides 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The four-cylinder engine found within the 2014 BMW 328i has been tuned so that it produces 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. Both cars come with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The BMW 335i is powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, six-cylinder engine that provides 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Within the 2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3, this engine is paired with a 55 horsepower electric motor, so that it has a power output of 355 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. Gas mileage of the ActiveHybrid 3 is 25/33 mpg city/highway, compared to 20/30 (six-speed manual), 23/33 (eight-speed automatic), and 23/38 (all-wheel drive) mpg city/highway for the gasoline-powered 2014 BMW 335i.
Where all models of the 2014 BMW 3-Series excel is in their performance and handling. Both on slow, twisty, country roads and over fast highways, the 3-Series models maintain an exceptional balance between cornering and providing a comfortable ride. In addition, all engines provide more than enough power to make these cars quick. As a bonus, the tuned four-cylinder is within half a second of the time it takes for the turbocharged six-cylinder to reach 60 mph, and with the help of the auto stop/start feature is that much more fuel efficient.
Key Competitors of the 2014 BMW 3-Series
- Audi A4
- Cadillac CTS
- Infiniti G37
- Lexus IS350
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The 2014 BMW 3-Series has 14 models that range from $41,450 - $41,450. The 2014 3-Series is a hatchback with all wheel drive that gets between 22 mpg (city) - 33 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 2.0L I4 engine. The 2014 BMW 3-Series has a seating capacity of 5/5, wheelbase is 115.0 inches, cargo capacity of 56.50 cu.ft., and ground clearance of N/R inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2014 328i xDrive Gran Turismo AWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.