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BMW 320d Gran Turismo (2014)

by John Ewing,reviewed February 2014

On a long road trip, a good travelling companion and plenty of good music are ‘musts’.

Just as important, though, is the car you do it in, and our 320d GT test car acquitted itself admirably, dispatching 2600km of touring through coastal and country New South Wales with ease and aplomb.

It’s longer (body and wheelbase), taller, and there’s more rear legroom (+ 70mm) than either sedan or Touring wagon variants. The 520-litre boot, also larger than the wagon, swallows plenty of luggage. The relocatable cargo tie-eyes, a large storage box below the boot floor, and a power tailgate are all handy features. The sports seats, part of the ‘no charge’ Sport Line option, offer excellent support and comfort that endures as the kilometres roll by. Their wind-in bolsters make for that ‘perfect fit’ around the torso.

The diesel with variable-geometry turbo combines with the eight-speed auto perfectly for responsive robust performance, and prompt effortless highway passing. And with impressive fuel economy to boot, it confirms large displacement petrol engines with their thirst for fuel are well outmoded for long distance travel.

Poised on its optional adaptive M suspension system ($2200) and 18”, 50 series run-flats, our test car proved satisfyingly dynamic, as expected of a 3-series, through the twistier sections. It grips and steers well, turns in purposefully and takes quick changes of direction in its stride.

BMW 320d Gran Turismo 2014

For

Performance with fuel economy, road manners, refinement, space

Against

Options prices, dearer than sedan or wagon variants

Key features

Eight-speed auto, dual-zone climate-control, 18” alloys, run-flat tyres, paddle shifters, cruise control with braking function, bluetooth, BMW Business audio system, navigation and 6.5” display, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dim mirror, leather trim, park distance control, reverse camera, power front seats

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, electronic stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, cornering brake control

Car Details

Vehicle make BMW
Vehicle model 320d Gran Turismo
Vehicle type Medium Over $50,000
Year 2014
Price when new $71,800 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.0-litre, TwinPower turbo-diesel, 4-cyl
Max power 135kW @ 4000rpm
Max torque 380Nm @ 1750-2750rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 7.9 seconds (claimed)
Economy ADR 5.0 litres/100km
Emissions rating
4 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.