Our cars: BMW 3 Series GT - February

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  • 3 Series GT custodian John Bradshaw is a huge BBC 6Music fan. Thankfully, digital radio is standard on every model

    3 Series GT custodian John Bradshaw is a huge BBC 6Music fan. Thankfully, digital radio is standard on every model

  • On/off switch for BMW traffic alerts makes it easy to mute the updates when you don't want them

    On/off switch for BMW traffic alerts makes it easy to mute the updates when you don't want them

  • iDrive infotainment controller helps make BMW's system the best that John has come across

    iDrive infotainment controller helps make BMW's system the best that John has come across

  • Our 3 Series GT's first service cost £240, although the pricey engine oil was £83 alone

    Our 3 Series GT's first service cost £240, although the pricey engine oil was £83 alone

  • A rear wiper isn't fitted as it wouldn't work well, so John sometimes has to clean the rear screen by hand before driving

    A rear wiper isn't fitted as it wouldn't work well, so John sometimes has to clean the rear screen by hand before driving

  • Manual gearbox in our 318d GT is a disappointment: notchy, firm and it transmits too much vibration

    Manual gearbox in our 318d GT is a disappointment: notchy, firm and it transmits too much vibration

  • Adjustable opening height of the automatic tailgate is a boon if your garage has a low roof

    Adjustable opening height of the automatic tailgate is a boon if your garage has a low roof

  • You can fold the door mirrors in even once you've switched off the engine - it's a little touch that makes everyday life easier

    You can fold the door mirrors in even once you've switched off the engine - it's a little touch that makes everyday life easier

  • Clever adaptive headlights come as part of a pricey Visibility Pack. Are they worth the money?

    Clever adaptive headlights come as part of a pricey Visibility Pack. Are they worth the money?

  • 40/20/40 split folding seats means there's still room for two people in the back row

    40/20/40 split folding seats means there's still room for two people in the back row

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BMW 318d GT Modern

Week ending February 21
Mileage 18,000
Driven this week 500 miles


BMW 3 Series GT review

Ed's update below reminded me of one feature on the BMW 3 Series GT that I've yet to talk about: the digital radio.

I'm a big fan of BBC 6Music, and its absence in my previous long term test car - an Audi Q3 - was really frustrating.

However, our 318d GT Modern has a brilliant digital radio, and it's a doddle to use through the excellent iDrive system. What's more, the digital radio isn't part of the huge number of options that make our car's 'as tested' price near £42,000. Every 3 Series GT gets it as standard, which I think is terrific.

By John Bradshaw
John.Bradshaw@whatcar.com

Week ending February 7
Mileage 17,500
Driven this week 400 miles


BMW 3 Series GT review

Most car radios have a traffic alert (TA) function that picks up broadcast updates, which can temporarily take over from the station you’re listening to. This is far from a novel feature, then, but the way that BMW integrates the technology is beautifully simple.

My commute involves a 24-mile stretch of motorway, during which I rather like the odd interruption telling me just how horrendous the traffic ahead is. After I’m off the M25, though, I don’t want to be interrupted any more, so would prefer to switch the TA off.

In far too many new cars, it is simply too infuriating to do this on the move - at least five or six menu selections within the infotainment system seems to be the norm. However, in our 3 Series GT, I simply press the traffic programming button that’s sited conveniently on the dashboard and the alerts go away.

Features like this make everyday life that bit less annoying. Good work, BMW.

By Ed Callow
Ed.Callow@whatcar.com

Our cars: BMW 3 Series GT - January

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