BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo
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BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo
Bigger than the average 3 Series, as you would expect for a car that costs £1600 more than the estate

BMW 3 Series 320d Gran Turismo

What is it?

It’s the second member of BMW’s Gran Turismo family, following on from the slow-selling 5 Series GT. In short it’s a 3 Series, but one which is noticeably longer and taller than the standard car. The result is legroom on a par with the 5 Series and a boot that is bigger than even the 3 Series Touring.

 With prices for the most popular 320d GT model starting at £31,310 it’s £1600 more expensive than the corresponding 3 Series Touring.

BMW 3 SEries GT
The Gran Turismo is a sort of super-hatch format – longer and taller than the saloon or the estate/Touring version

What’s hot?

  • All GTs come with an electronically opening boot, which is handy for accessing the huge 520-litre load area. That’s already 25 litres larger than the Touring and you can fold down the rear seats to free up 1600 litres of space.
  • Take a seat in the rear and you’ll find the GT is a world away from a standard 3 Series. There’s 70mm of extra knee room back there, allowing you to really stretch out.
    BMW 3 Series GT
    Much more legroom than the regular 3 Series in the back – on a par with a 5 Series in fact
  • Our car was fitted with the optional £750 M Sport adaptive dampers, and set to Comfort the system allows the GT to waft over bumpy roads.
  • Flick them in to Sport mode and everything sharpens up, including the throttle and steering. It’s in this mode that the GT feels around 90 per cent as sharp a standard 3 Series, which is a very good thing indeed.
  • That imbues the GT with a split personality: refined long-distance motorway cruiser one minute and fantastic back-road thriller the next.
  • The 2.0-litre diesel in our 320d GT, provides impressive acceleration. The official 0-62mph time stands at 7.9 seconds with the eight-speed auto, and you’ll rarely feel like you need more performance.
  • It’s a frugal engine, too, managing 57.6mpg.

 

What’s not?

  • The higher starting price than the Touring or saloon models means a higher P11D value as well. However, with as much space as a 5 Series on offer it might be better to view the GT as a cheaper 5 Series alternative.
  • The styling certainly isn’t to everyone’s tastes. With the M Sport package, the GT can look quite smart but from some angles there’s no hiding its bulbous rear end.
  • This engine provides fantastic performance but at low speeds it can be a bit noisy – Audi’s 2.0-litre diesel seems smoother.
  • The CO2 emissions are up from 120g/km in the saloon to 129g/km here in the GT, which is still very good but pushes BIK up by 2 per cent.

 

BMW 3 Series GT
Take 3 Series handling,  add space and comfort, and think of saving on a 5 Series rather than spending more on a 3 Series

Business Car Manager Verdict

The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is more than just a spacious 3 Series. It takes the great handling of the 3 Series and applies it to a hugely practical package, while also adding a dash of comfort and a higher ride-height.

As a result, you’ve got a car that feels easier to drive, is almost just as sharp and with space enough to carry adults in the back for long journeys. BMW has sacrificed a certain amount of the standard car’s excellent handling but if comfort and space are your priorities then the GT is an excellent choice, and a worthy alternative to the more expensive 5 Series.

You’ll pay another 2 percent on your company car tax as emissions are slightly higher, but still less than a 5 Series.

 

The Low Down…

Doors and body style 5-door hatchback
Engine/gearbox  2-litre 4-cyl turbodiesel/8-speed auto
CO2 Emissions  129g/km
Economy  57.6mpg
Power/torque  186PS/380Nm
0-62mph/top speed  7.9secs/140mph
Insurance group  N/A

…and what it costs

P11D Value  £32,780
Monthly business rental (ex VAT)  From £380
Road tax (VED)  Band D
Company Car Tax Bands 2013/14 to 2015/16  20%, 21%, 23%
Benefit in kind 2013/14 to 2015/16  £6556, £6884, £7539
Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (20%)  N/A
Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (40%)  N/A
Annual/monthly company car tax (20%) £1311/£109
Annual/monthly company car tax (40%) £2622/£218
Figures correct at time of posting 
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