Pros: Larger, taller body design makes for a roomier cabin than other 3-Series models; unique hatchback configuration delivers more passenger and cargo flexibility than a traditional sedan or coupe
Cons: Not as outright agile as other 3-series cars; fastback body shape compromises cargo-carrying capability somewhat, some enthusiasts find styling compromised compared to other 3-Series models
CG Says: A new-for-2014 addition to BMW’s 3-Series line, the Gran Turismo is an unusual 4-door hatchback body style that takes its inspiration from the larger 5-Series Gran Turismo. The unorthodox design is noticeably larger and taller than a “regular” 3-Series, which benefits passenger room and cargo versatility but compromises the legendary 3-Series handling capabilities. Some buyers may appreciate the Gran Turismo’s SUV-esque design, but we prefer the traditional station wagon body style. Note that the 5-Series Gran Turismo was moved to the 6-Series lineup for the 2018 model year.