F34 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo priced at A$70k; a lot of ugly for the money

BMW Australia has announced the pricing of its 3-Series GT hatchback with just under 70 grand (before on-road costs) required to get your spoonful of versatile ugliness.


Commentary: Okay, it’s not as bad ungaily and awkward as the larger 5-Series GT, but what the 3-Series GT has increased dimensions over the sedan and wagon, it loses out in desirability and street cred.

The facts: Standard features throughout the range include six airbags, reversing camera, run-flat tyres, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control, leather seating, electric front seats with memory settings, 40/20/40 split-fold rear seats, hidden storage compartments, and a motorised tailgate.

The range kicks off with A$69,500 BMW 320i Gran Turismo which has a turbocharged 2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with 135kW of power and 270 of torque on hand. In official testing it drinks 6.2L/100km and emits 145 grams of CO2 per kilometre; it can also propel the GT from 0 to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds.

Next up is the A$71,800 BMW 320d Gran Turismo which has a 2-litre turbo-diesel engine with 135kW of power and 380Nm of torque. It supposedly can do the 0 to 100km/h spring in 7.9 seconds as well, but in testing drinks just 4.9L/100km and emits 129g of CO2 per kilometre.

At the top of the pile is the A$76,500 BMW 328i Gran Turismo which has the same 2-litre turbo engine as the 320i, but is tweaked to produce 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque. This cuts the 0 to 100km/h sprint down to 6.1 seconds; fuel efficiency is rated at 6.5L/100km and emissions at 151 grams of CO2 per kilometre. The 328i gains electric lumbar support up front.

Additional to the commanding seating position, which improves visibility and awareness for the occupants, the 3 Series Gran Turismo is loaded up with active and passive safety features such as DSC, active protection accident preparation system, six airbags, dynamic braking lights, anti-dazzle interior mirror, rear view camera, run-flat safety tyres and rain sensor with automatic headlight control.

Options on all GT models include head-up display, surround view, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, automatic high beams, and Harman/Kardon sound system.

Dimensions

Length: 4,824mm (+200mm over 3-Series wagon)
Width: 1,828mm (+17mm over 3-Series wagon)
Height: 1,508mm (+79mm over 3-Series wagon)
Wheelbase: 2,920mm (+110mm over 3-Series wagon)

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]