2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

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2017 MODEL

$44,700 - $50,550

7.7

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Detailed Review

The 2017 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo Hatchback introduces a number of changes compared to its 2016 counterpart. It carries the marquee's excellent design and performance offered in most of its offerings.

The new offering comes in two trims with new nomenclature, namely 330i xDrive and 340i xDrive replacing 328i and 335i respectively. The 330i and 340i cost $44,700 and $50,550 respectively and are offered in different powertrain but similar features, with the 340i introduced with additional standard features.

Comparing to its competition, the Mercedes Benz C300, the Volvo S60 and the Audi A4, the BMW sure looks like it's got a tough game to win. So does it? Let's find out.


7.8/10
Features

 

7.8/10
Engine

 

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

The BMW 3-Series checks on almost all boxes - its powertrain has adequate performance, generous cargo volume, great handling, decent interior space and comfortable seating, stylish design, and a great fuel economy. But even then, the price for which it is offered can be considered expensive, especially when compared to its 3-Series Sedan counterpart.

 

2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Features

7.8/10

The Gran Turismo comes in two trims - 330i xDrive and 340i xDrive, starting at $44,700 and $50,550 respectively. The major difference between both the cars are engines - while the 330i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder producing 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, the 340i comes with a bigger turbocharged 3.0L in-line 6 cylinders producing 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. Both the trims come standard with an AWD drivetrain and 8-speed automatic transmission. Also, the 340i comes with additional standard features like a premium-leather-wrapped steering wheel and more.

Trim

330i xDrive Gran Turismo

340i xDrive Gran Turismo

MSRP

$44,700

$50,550

Key

Features

2-Liter Turbocharged Inline-4 Engine 3-Liter Turbocharged Inline-6 Engine

Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets

Same features as 330i with following additions

LED Brakelights

Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

Front Fog Lamps Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, and Panic Button
Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System In-Dash CD player
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
Sports Leather Steering Wheel  

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The 330i variant has sufficient punch to explore around the town. If you fancy the highway though, the more powerful 340i would suit you better.

2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Engine

7.8/10

The turbo four-cylinder scoots the 328i to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. But it's the instant-on low-end torque that makes this engine terrific. Acceleration around town or at highway cruising speeds is effortless. The eight-speed automatic is smooth and smart, holding gears nicely when it needs to. - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Gran Turismo 330i xDrive comes with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, which churns out 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain is quite decent and provides adequate performance while being a fun car to drive. The transmission feels relaxed, smooth and quick. Cruising on the highway or maneuvering in traffic is done without a hassle.

Models

BMW 330i xDrive Gran Turismo

Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic

Mercedes Benz C300

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

MSRP

$44,700

$33,950

$39,500

$37,300

Engine

2.0L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder Turbocharged

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

2.0L TFSI I4 DOHC

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

240 hp @ 5600 rpm

241 hp @ 5550 rpm

252 hp @ 5,000 rpm

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Its rivals, the S60, Merc, and Audi operate on similar powertrains. The A4 has the most powerful powertrain at 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

Acceleration

With a 248 hp on tap, the Gran Turismo accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.5s and completes the quarter mile in 14.4s. For a powertrain of this type and size vehicle, the performance is quite impressive.

Models

BMW 330i xDrive Gran Turismo

Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic

Mercedes Benz C300

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

0-60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.5 sec

6.5 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter mile

14.4 sec

15.1 sec

14.9 sec

13.8 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.7

6.1

6.3

6.3

The A4 is the quickest amongst the field, clinching the title at 5.7s and 13.8s for 0-60 mph and quarter mile respectively. The Beemer manages to keep up with it coming home second while the Volvo and Merc are closely similar to each other.

Ride and Handling

The Gran Turismo handles and steers like a charm. The steering is very responsive, obeying every little touch put in by the driver with accuracy and precision. Handling is nimble and the car feels ready to be driven a bit more racy if the need arises.

Braking

The brakes are handled by 12.3in in the front and 11.8in in the back. In a panic stop test from 60-0, the BMW comes to a standstill in 123 ft - a good feat for a size of this car but nothing too fancy. However, the brakes are decent in performance with pedal pressure just right and not too heavy.

Model

BMW 330i xDrive Gran Turismo

Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic

Mercedes Benz C300

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

Brake Front (in.)

12.3

11.8

13.0

13.0

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

11.9

11.8

13.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3915

3619

3417

3,483

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

120

118

126

While being fast and quick, the Audi takes the longest to come to a standstill in 126ft. The Mercedes takes the shortest distance at 118ft while the Volvo sits in the middle, at 120ft.

2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Fuel Economy

7.8/10

The Gran Turismo provides a decent fuel economy, with 23 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and a combined 26 mpg. As such, the BMW has a laudable fuel economy.

Model

BMW 330i xDrive Gran Turismo

Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic

Mercedes Benz C300

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

MPG (city)

23

25

24

25

MPG (highway)

33

39

34

33

MPG (combined)

26

29

28

28

While the 3-series GT's numbers are welcoming, the S60 beats the field with the A4 and the C300 not too far behind. The Gran Turismo falls behind the rest of the field by a mere gallon, but that's about it.

2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Interior

7.0/10

The 2017 BMW 3 Series seats five, and for a luxury small car, it has a good amount of space in both rows. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the cabin has high-quality materials throughout. Leatherette upholstery is standard, and power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, sport seats, and heated front and rear seats are available. - Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

Entering the Gran Turismo, one can notice its spacious design and premium cabin. The seats are comfortable and feel quite plush. With 5 passenger accommodation comes generous legroom and headspace, while the rear seats suffer on the headspace because of the sloped-roof design. Overall, the interior has an excellent and precise built, with practicality and aesthetics do well.

Model

BMW 330i xDrive Gran Turismo

Volvo S60

T5 Dynamic

Mercedes Benz

C300

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.3/55.2/42.0

38.6/57/41.9

37.1/54.7/41.7

38.9/55.9/41.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/54.1/39.2

37.6/55.2/33.5

36.9/55/33.4

37.4/54.5/35.7

The BMW is the only car in this field to offer space in terms of legroom and headspace. While the other cars do offer 5 passenger accommodation, they take a hit on either legroom and headspace, or both.

Interior features

  • 6.5-inch iDrive infotainment system
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity

Cargo Volume

The Gran Turismo offers a very generous boot space of 18.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up, but fold them and you get a great 56.5 cubic feet. The GT series is the only car in this field to offer rear folded seats.

Model

BMW 330i xDrive Gran Turismo

Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic

Mercedes Benz C300

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3)

18.4

12.0

12.6

13.0

Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3)

56.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Volvo S60 has in comparison a meager 12 cubic feet while the C300 offers 12.6 cubic feet and finally, the Audi A4 has 13 cubic feet.

2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Exterior

7.0/10

The 2017 Gran Turismo will look a bit different, too, although you may have to be a BMW fiend to notice the changes. Both models now come with standard matte-chrome exterior trim and LED headlights; a new 19-inch wheel design is available. - CarandDriver

Dimensions and Weight

The Gran Turismo has a long wheelbase, at 115 inches, and a tall ground clearance of 6.4 inch. The car is the tallest, wide, longest and weighs the heaviest in the field. For a car of this size, it can still maneuver in the city with ease but the extra weight can prove to be a disadvantage. Yet, the Gran Turismo makes you forget all this once you drive the car. The rest of the field are mix-and-match in certain dimensions while mostly remaining behind.

Model

BMW 330i xDrive Gran Turismo

Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic

Mercedes Benz C300

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Premium

Curb weight (lbs.)

3915

3619

3417

3,483

Length(in)

190.0

182.5

184.5

186.1

Width(in)

72.0

73.4

71.3

72.5

Height(in)

59.4

58.4

56.8

56.2

Ground clearance (in)

6.4

5.4

4.8

5.7

Wheelbase (in)

115.0

109.3

111.8

111.0

Track width (in) F/R

60.7/62.4

62.1/62.0

61.5/60.9

61.9/61.2

The Volvo is the smallest of this bunch, with 109 inches of metal between the two axles, front and rear. The Merc has the lowest ground clearance, low enough to scrape the underbelly on larger speedbumps.

Exterior features

  • 18 inch allow wheels
  • Automatic wipers
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • LED Foglights
  • Matte chrome exterior
  • Panoramic sunroof

 

2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Safety

7.0/10

Safety Features

  • BMW Assist eCall Emergency Sos
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners

NHTSA Rating

The Gran Turismo has been rated quite well by the NHTSA, scoring 4 and above on almost all tests.

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

4 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

4 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

5 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

5 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Competition

Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic vs BMW 3 Series

The S60 starts at $33,950, saving you good ten thousand dollars from the 3-series Gran Turismo. It offers similar powertrain, and although isn’t as quick in acceleration, it still offers an adequate performance. While offering less cargo volume, and less interior room but an excellent fuel economy, the S60 is by no means a shabby offering considering the price. If money does seem to be a concern, the Volvo is an excellent alternative to the more expensive BMW.

Mercedes Benz C300 vs BMW 3 Series

At a starting price of $39,500, the C300 offers a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission which boasts similar numbers to the BMW but with better torque, although that does not translate to better acceleration. The Mercedes offers a decent fuel economy, great features, comfort, but the biggest drawback is the cargo volume. At almost the same price as the BMW, the Mercedes may not stand a chance and the buyer should rather pick the BMW.

Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series

The A4 costs $37,300, and come with a more powerful powertrain. In pure performance, the Audi leaves the Beemer in the dust, and at the same time, offers better fuel economy. While the BMW’s cargo volume isn’t nearly found here, it’s completely up to the buyer if they rather prefer a more powerful car with an adequate cargo volume, or a more overall package and spend the extra $7,000 for the BMW.
 

2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Final Verdict

The BMW 3-Series checks on almost all boxes - its powertrain has adequate performance, generous cargo volume, great handling, decent interior space and comfortable seating, stylish design, and a great fuel economy. But even then, the price for which it is offered can be considered expensive, especially when compared to its 3-Series Sedan counterpart.

Rest assured, the Gran Turismo Hatchback is still a great car, and is an absolute joy to drive. Is it the right car for you? Maybe. Is it worth it? Well, admittedly the price could’ve been a less than what it costs. 

Pros

Adequate engine performance

Great cargo volume

Decent fuel economy

Cons

Expensive compared to its 3-Series Sedan

What's New?

328i and 335i are replaced by newly coined 330i and 340i whilst also receiving bigger engines.

Redesigned rear bumpers and taillights

Matte Chrome exterior as standard

New optional features including adaptive LED headlights with automatic beam, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wireless smartphone charging.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44700

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

149 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.3 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

115 in.

length

190 in.

width

72 in.

height

59.4 in.

curb weight

3915 lbs.

ground clearance

6.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

24.6 cu ft.

payload capacity

935 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/33 mpg

highway range

521.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

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Mineral White Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine

7.8

Fuel Economy

7.8

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Driving

9.6

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 330i xDrive SULEV

330i xDrive SULEV

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
26 combined

$44,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
330i xDrive SULEV 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $44,700 MSRP (23/26/33) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 340i xDrive

340i xDrive

power
320 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 combined

$50,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
340i xDrive 4dr Hatchback AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $50,550 MSRP (20/24/30) 320 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA