BMW 3 Series GT hatchback
Price £30,060 - £44,520
- More practical than the saloon
- Comfortable but fun
- Economical engines
- More expensive than estate
- Styling not to all tastes
- Not as good to drive as the saloon
At a glance
“The BMW 3 Series GT is a car designed without compromise – sporty, comfortable and practical.“
The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo (GT) is essentially a hatchback version of the BMW 3 Series saloon. Its boot has a more practical shape than the saloon's, holds 40 litres more luggage and comes with underfloor storage. All models also get rear seats that split 40:20:40. But that's not all: there's also 8cm more rear legroom than in the standard car, which makes the GT feel more luxurious. The GT's seats also sit higher, for easier access, but the dashboard is unchanged from the standard car's.
Although the GT's most obvious rival is the Audi A5 Sportback (itself a hatchback version of the Audi A4 saloon), buyers may also consider conventional executive saloons such as the Mercedes C-Class or Lexus IS.
The GT doesn’t offer as wide a range of engines as the saloon, and also looks a little ungainly, but those are the only negatives that can really be levelled at this car. The balanced handling of the regular 3 Series remains, although the higher body means there's a little more body lean in corners. Its rear-wheel-drive setup allows the GT to corner quicker than its Audi A5 Sportback rival and it's also more fun to drive, with better ride quality than an S line-spec Audi.
Buyers have a good range of engines to choose from, including the popular 2.0-litre diesel fitted to the 320d GT that combines decent performance with superb fuel economy. The 330d and 335d diesels give even more pace and the six-cylinder 335i petrol offers the sportiest drive in the range. The GT can also be specified with BMW's xDrive four-wheel-drive system.
There are four trim levels to choose from – SE, Sport, Luxury and M Sport. The entry-level SE model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, an electrically operated tailgate, active cruise control, rear parking sensors and a DAB digital radio, plus automatic lights and windscreen wipers.
The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has the same superb engines as the saloon
No model is slow, but the top-of-the-range BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo model offers storming performance
The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is even more comfortable than the saloon
The BMW 3 Series GT has a bigger boot than the 3 Series Touring estate
The 3 Series was voted Best Compact Executive in 2014 and the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo should be just as well liked