BMW 3 Series GT: what's it like to live with?

What is a BMW 3 Series GT like
27 Mar, 2014 10:08am Mat Watson

Our man’s a big fan of the BMW 3 Series GT, and is sorry to see star player leave

Forget match of the day – I’m more interested in hatch of the day. Because when it comes to premier league five-door motoring, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is one tough opponent.

Unfortunately, the 328i GT is leaving our fleet, which is a real shame, because I’ve realised it’s a far more relevant car than I initially gave it credit for.

If you’d asked me eight months ago to rank the 3 Series GT, saloon and Touring in order of preference, the hatch would’ve come third. But that’s the point of these reports – they give you time to uncover a car’s strengths and weaknesses.

Admittedly, the 3 GT has a bit of an image problem – as a result, BMW has only sold 2,183 since last April’s launch, and shifted 163 last month, compared to 1,320 saloons and 673 Touring estates. But I think if dealers pushed a bit harder, they could convince more buyers to spend the extra £1,000 over the Touring.

Buyers like my sister, who considered a new 3 Series Touring a few years ago, but found it wasn’t quite big enough in the back for her kids. She went for a far more expensive 5 Series Touring – yet the 3 GT would’ve fitted perfectly.

I never fully appreciated the spacious rear seats, but the big boot was great while I was renovating my flat. Features like the flat floor, with a slot beneath for the parcel shelf, and the boot-mounted seat releases show the thought that’s gone into this car.

The 328i isn’t the best model, as we averaged only 29.8mpg. Still, the 242bhp 2.0-litre twin-turbo is smooth, powerful and fun to rev – that’s probably why we couldn’t match BMW’s official 44.1mpg.

Our model had £11,840 of options, too, but you could halve this and still get a great car. Just be sure to add the £1,990 Professional Navigation Pack: its big map display looks awesome and makes cutting through rat runs easy.

But the thing I’ll miss most about the 3 GT is its all-round brilliance. In town it’s super comfy and easy to drive, on the motorway it’s swift and quiet, and it’s as much fun as a sports car on a B-road. As I said, it really is the hatch of the day.

BMW 328i Gran Turismo Luxury auto

On fleet since: May-13
Price new: £35,915
Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, 242bhp
CO2/tax: 149g/km/£140
Options: 19-inch alloys (£800), adaptive suspension (£750), memory seats (£945), head-up display (£825), metallic paint (£645), Nav Pack (£1,990), sunroof (£1,180), reversing camera (£330)
Insurance*: Group: 36 Quote: £490
Mileage/mpg: 9,775/29.8mpg
*Insurance quote provided by AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old living in Banbury, Oxon, with three points.

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A Good and useful review from a real world perspective.... without the usual "handling like a sports car" hanging overhead.

I'm a fan of BMW's but... Just look at it though! yuk!

All those people who live on little side streets, and are blighted daily by drivers racing through their area to save the odd minute of their travelling time will be very impressed by you, Mr Watson..

NO buyers is Very Simple ; it's butt ugly and even Aunt Grizelda would frown if it showed up in her driveway.

All car mpg are about 20%optomistic,so mixed road driving should achieve about 36mpg,less than that is down to Weather and driving style.

Another pointless BMW.
Chris Bungle would be proud!

"Buyers like my sister, who considered a new 3 Series Touring a few years ago, but found it wasn’t quite big enough in the back for her kids. She went for a far more expensive 5 Series Touring – yet the 3 GT would’ve fitted perfectly".....well I am surprised, perhaps they should have called this the touring plus to signify to potential buyers that the GT is bigger that the estate...a totally ridiculous vehicle.

The problem is its £48k, or £20k more than a top of the range Mondeo Titanium X 2.0 ecoboost 240 with powershift, and I am afraid a badge is not worth that much..

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