I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous beauty as well. The most noticeable difference was the amount of space that you have in the rear seats for carry extra passengers. A slim, tablet-like optional widescreen display on the dash stands alone but fits right in, while understated but high-tech-looking appliqués on the face of the dashboard, done in brushed aluminum or wood, make your statement of luxury, whatever that might be. It's now possible to fit adults in back in the sedan, although taller occupants will still be splaying their knees and you won't want to subject adults to vast distances in the back seat. Unfortunately, they were doing so while seated in the comfort of their living room and playing in the virtual world of the extremely popular video game of the same name. Simply keep the keyfob in your pocket, stand in front of the trunk, kick your foot under the rear bumper, and the trunk door will open.
Again I'll harp about this new piano black lacquered plastic phase were suffering through. The 3 Series Gran Touring fits into this menagerie perfectly. We do, however, like how the latest models with navigation also add a capacitive touch pad on top of the controller--a very useful feature. The difference was night and day and on a trip with the back seat full, you will probably have back seat passengers with a little less to complain about. Folding those rear seats down can be done manually or through the easily accessible levers on the trunk wall. I would prefer a manual transmission, but the eight speed automatic is very smooth and perceptive for an automatic. I still prefer my wagon though.
Driving Dynamics Control is included for the entire 3-Series lineup. In any of the 328i or 335i sedan models, you can opt for either a six-speed manual gearbox or eight-speed automatic transmission. You can also manually raise it via a button on the driver door. Mine is black so it looks very sleek. We indicated that we had to drive over two hours to get to there dealership. A 2014 3-Series wagon is also available. In manual-transmission form, the 328i sedan can get to 60 mph in just 5.
The 3-Series also includes an Automatic Collision Notification system that relays to emergency responders detailed information on the type of accident and likely level of trauma. Also new this year is the 3-Series Gran Turismo, a five-door hatchback that's nearly eight inches longer, as well as about four inches longer in wheelbase and about three inches taller--amounting to a shape that has completely different sheetmetal, but one that stands as recognizably part of the 3-Series lineup. Yes, there is a segment of buyers that want the utility of a station wagon but cannot fathom the idea of owning one. It looks much better in person than any of the pictures I have seen. The upgrades that came with the new 3-Series last year continue for 2014 unchanged. Two other body styles round out the current 2014 3-Series lineup. And with a long list of options and trims on offer, there are plenty of chances to add equipment and pizazz.
There's really nothing retro or nostalgic about the current 3-Series models, and we appreciate that; the horizontally oriented instrument panel helps maximize space, and overall the interior layout provides a coherence missing from the last-generation 3-Series. Legroom for both front and rear are like limousine feel while the raised drive height helps see around traffic better. The first issue came to light after the car was washed and parked outside for an extended period. A manual will also be offered, and an Active M Differential will help handling and stability. Quick access to automobile-catalog website - type in a browser: a-c. That extra space is very welcome, especially when it comes to making sure you have the stroller and many other accessories needed to make travelling with a newborn bearable.
Brake Energy Regeneration system is also included in some of the model line; it saves the most aggressive operation of the alternator for when you brake, which pays off with better fuel efficiency the rest of the time. Next day, we tried one with the Variable Sport Steering. In many markets, this setup is standard with the six-cylinder engines, so we'd hope this is the case when it comes to the U. It took a while for the windows to thaw out on the 335i Gran Turismo after a winter washing. There is plenty of leg and headroom in the front, and surprisingly even more in the rear. I stand six feet tall, and for me the 335i sedan's rear seats never felt cramped, just cozy tight. Though if I must say, there is quite an overabundance of the letter M everywhere around the car.
It's been almost a year since I bought this car and I pretty much love everything about it. It positively glowed, and reminded me of an old 3. In Comfort mode, the car seemed to float at the back end. Whichever body style you choose, the 3-Series range delivers balanced, well-crafted handling and dynamics, though most notably so in rear-wheel-drive sedan form. Real life miles per gallon is about 36, which is awesome.
Those really paying attention will also notice an airier feel to the cabin, created by frameless doors that give occupants a larger greenhouse to enjoy the passing scenery. Note that to move off again after the vehicle has stopped, the driver has to give the command to accelerate manually by briefly pressing the gas pedal. Overall, the extra size and space, at least to me, outweighs the trade-off in performance. I think this may be the right car for me. Models with the available navigation system get a new iDrive controller with a text-input touchpad. It's like a 335i wearing heels, and comes standard with a closet full of M badges, front and rear M-sport bumpers, M-sport three-spoke steering wheel and M badged aluminum door sills. If you see an Estoril Blue one around that is probably me.
My wife is still unhappy. The look is definitely more dynamic than that of its predecessor, with a rising beltline that cuts through the sheetmetal alongside the doors and helps visually lower the hoodline. Our only other issue with the ride is the way it occasionally slaps as it traverses sharp ridges. I needed a very reliable, safe car that could handle occasional hauling of large materials flooring, fencing, furniture, etc. The only other car I've seen around these parts was a white one. I think it's a good compromise between X3 and regular wheelbase 3 Series models, possibly enough to persuade X3 buyers into its sportier, better handling and more fuel-efficient package while allowing those solidly entrenched in the more traditional 3 Series camp an opportunity to size up in order to fit in their growing families without losing out too much on performance.
The only other car I've seen around these parts was a white one. This car is really interesting. Hangman4358 commented: December 14, 2014, 9:26 pm Yeah it is a good car. As with some other premium models, you can move your foot under the rear bumper to pop the trunk when your hands are full, if you have the keyfob. Check -- so it's good for cold-climate states, if not for true off-highway use. It was a convenient feature when we got your hands tied with grocery bags and heavy items.