Impressive Four-Cylinder Power - 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

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edited June 2014 in BMW
imageImpressive Four-Cylinder Power - 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

If you think a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine sounds too small for a sizable sport wagon, the BMW 328i GT will surprise you with its level of performance.

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  • darthbimmerdarthbimmer Member Posts: 606

    @Ed-- When I test drove a 328 I came away with the impression that the car's powertrain preferred sedate driving and that to access real performance you had to almost floor the pedal. I figure that's just throttle tuning, but it turned me off. Do you find the same thing?

  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,457
    edited June 2014

    From BMW:

    "Whether driving in city traffic or coming out of a curve at speed: Adaptive Transmission Management (ATM) recognizes your individual driving style and automatically selects the right gear at the right moment, eliminating unnecessary shifts."

    Maybe your test drive wasn't long enough for the ATM to adapt to your style?

  • s197gts197gt Member Posts: 486

    we get a (non-sport) f30 loaner when we take our e90 to the dealer to get an oil change. my wife and i also came away with the impression that the car is lackadaisical in normal driving (and cheaper feeling inside). however, i finally figured out that there is a sport button that definitely livens things up. (i don't think a bmw should need a sport button.) the acceleration is there though, if you stomp on it. instant torque vs. the linear power delivery of the NA inline 6.

    @darthbimmer said:
    Ed-- When I test drove a 328 I came away with the impression that the car's powertrain preferred sedate driving and that to access real performance you had to almost floor the pedal. I figure that's just throttle tuning, but it turned me off. Do you find the same thing?

  • vvkvvk Member Posts: 196

    There is no way this engine makes only 240 hp. More like 300. It is way more powerful than the N52.

  • vvkvvk Member Posts: 196

    @darthbimmer said:
    Ed-- When I test drove a 328 I came away with the impression that the car's powertrain preferred sedate driving and that to access real performance you had to almost floor the pedal. I figure that's just throttle tuning, but it turned me off. Do you find the same thing?

    Hit the Sport button and you will be driving sideways in no time.

    In Sport mode the car is amazing.

  • miata52miata52 Member Posts: 114

    My parents X3 has this engine. You're right...smooth and plenty of power. Only thing I don't care for is the injector noise at idle: it really sounds like a diesel.

  • north52north52 CanadaMember Posts: 11

    Today we see so many engines with turbochargers. I have a concern about durability of today's turbos - a decade or more in the past many of the carmakers admitted that the turbo was"an expendible item bolted to the engine", and it would probably need occasional replacement. Turbochargers are a relatively expensive item. My question is: Does this statement still apply today? Are turbos any more reliable today? So, it might be more prudent to opt for the 3.0 liter six in this BMW!

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