As all our readers know, here at Up and Coming Cars, love BMW. And Mercedes. And Porsche. Actually, every car made in Germany looks like the right car. Why? Why not? They are fast, elegant, and exciting, all at the same time. But, from time to time, we can found the exceptions.
The 2016 3 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback and the two models that are born under its badge are quite boring. They aren’t bad, or even mediocre. They are well-built, are agile, and delivers a premium, luxurious experience to both driver and passengers. But what’s wrong? From our point of view, the 328i xDrive SULEV and the 335i xDrive are not truly exciting as their close sibling.
Nevertheless, we are committed to share the specs and features, which are, in essence, what allows the reader to have a realistic impression of the car. But, we must say that this novel hatchback presentation is quite a surprise coming from BMW. While these two models aren’t fully engaged with the hatchback philosophy.
Let’s see all the features offered by the 2016 3 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback.
Powertrain and Specs
While the “Gran Turismo” badge could make us think in high-performance vehicles, these ones aren’t exactly that. Now, as we mentioned before, the 2016 3 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback offers two trims: the 328i xDrive SULEV and the 335i xDrive. The first one packs a turbocharged DOHC 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine while the most expensive 335i features a turbocharged DOHC 3.0 L 6-cylinder powerplant. Both are inline layouts.
In numbers, we get 240 hp at 5000 RPM and 255 lb-ft of maximum torque at 1250 RPM for the smaller inline-4. The bigger powerplant produces up to 300 hp at 5800 RPM and 300 lb-ft at 1300 RPM. The fuel efficiency is rated at 22/34 mpg for the smaller engine and 20/30 mpg for the more powerful one. These quite powerful engines get an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting. Also, all-wheel-drive capabilities come as standard.
Design and Comfort to Excel
While the mechanical specs are good but quite boring, is at design and comfort terms where the 2016 3 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback and its two models make the difference. The sporty hatchback form was smartly designed for high practicability, adding plenty of space inside. But, in the rear, the hatchback line cut some valuable head and cargo space. Besides that, it looks and feel awesome.
The Sport Line package, which was an option during previous years, is now included as standard. This pack adds to the two trims available several visual enhancements, like sports seats on the front and gloss black exterior trim. Also, the 3 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback enjoy of 18-inch wheels as standard for its 2016 edition. These alloy wheels are wrapped by 225/45 tires.
Now, distinctions have to be made. The 328i xDrive feature 8-way power driver’s and passengers’ seats, leatherette upholstery, sports front seats, remote keyless entry, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheels, 9-speaker 205-watt-powered audio system with subwoofer.
On the other hand, the more expensive 335i xDrive offers a lot more on both exterior and interior features. The Harman/Kardon premium audio system with a 16-speaker setup is found inside the cockpit, for example. But in general, both trims are well provided for convenience items. Also, both trims feature plenty of cutting-edge elements in terms of safety.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 3 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback do offer two powerful models with plenty of elegance and comfort, but at the same time, it lacks the athletic and exciting spirit of BMW. The design is quite a novelty but isn’t the style of the maker.
The prices start at US$49.395.