Always a benchmark in cars, both as a status symbol and as a sports wagon, we’d spent almost a week with the 2014 BMW 328i to check its features and see if it has all it boasts of. We were impressed to find that it still ticked all the mid-level executive boxes it has since debuting.
Launched in 1975, BMW E21 3 series revolutionized the entire sports sedan market. It was a two-door couple and cabriolet with a driver centric dashboard and a center console. In mid 1980s came the iconic n E30 3 (second generation) series as a variable style model to anchor the BMW brand. It was available in 7 shapes: convertible, a two-door coupe, wide-bodied couple, convertible cabriolet, touring wagon, and a rout-door sedan.
In 2012, BMW 3 Series was launched in its 6th and current generation. It was a M and two-door models split into different ranges, leaving just the touring wagon, GT hatch and sedan as “proper” 3 series cars.
The 2014 BMW 328i Sports line (one of the three style choices) is an ultimate driving machine. It comes with a slightly different trim, wheels, as well as color and front dam designs.
The 2014 BMW 328i sedan uses automatic climate control, eight-way manually adjustable front sets, vinyl (leatherette) upholstery, cruise control, tilt and telescoping front wheel, a trip computer, iDrive interface, Bluetooth, a premium radio system, USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, rain sensing automatic wipers, and 19-inch alloy wheels
All “Lines” of 328i start at $69,000 plus on the roads, but Sport Line is an ultimate driving machine. It features eBay-style sport badges on its front guards.
Inside, the things are where you would expect them to be and driving position in the sedan is quite comfortable. It’s surely a place you feel perfectly at home very quickly.
It features more goodies, a bigger 8.7-inch iDrive screen is awesome. Besides professional navigation (a standard in BMW 328i), it is also fitted with a Connected Drive Freedom (optional) that offers one-the-move communications and live telematics data.
BMW 328i features a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-4 making 240 horsepower and 250 pound feet of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 within 5.2 seconds with 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic. It achieves an EPA-estimated 20/34 mpg Highway/City with the 6-speed manual, and 21/32 mpg City/Highway with automatic on both AWD and RWD models.
While SOS and concierge functions of its Connected Drive are superb, the standout function of the sedan is the navigation re-routing and live-traffic map.
This system can display roads in yellow, green and red to quickly identify the exact traffic volume and can re-route you to skip heavier snarls wherever possible. Once you get used to the system, it’s very useful.
Driving around the city in “comfort” setting feels pleasant, and comfortable. Drop into “sports” and the response improves to return much more rewarding and entertaining experience.
The BMW’s features an Active Sound Design that can pump the synthetic note through stereo speakers. It’s too perfect and comes out after some enhancement. You’ll definitely enjoy it!
Even with its beautiful shiny pain and sharp-looking alloys, the BMW 328i sports does look similar to any other 3 Series out there. It’s climate control isn’t that accurate. So you can’t sync the temperature between front passenger and driver. Ideally, aircon should punch out same 19.4 degrees through both sides, not 18, 19 or 20.5.
The 2014 BMW 328i sedan remains the top-seller among all compact luxury sport cars such as the Lexus IS, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Though all of them offer similar features and dimensions, none can quite match the performance-oriented dynamics and weight balance of the BMW.