Our cars: BMW 3 Series GT - October

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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 October 25
Mileage 12200
Driven this week 200


BMW 3 Series GT review

We recently posted a round-up of efficient estate cars, using What Car?'s True MPG figures to compare models. We found seven cars that all managed 55mpg or more, and among them was the BMW 320d Touring.

We wrote in that piece that a worthy alternative to the Touring was the 3 Series GT - but in light of the subject of the True MPG feature, how does the GT stack up on fuel economy?

The only GT tested so far is the 320d version, which has official fuel economy of 58.9mpg, but which achieved 47.1mpg in our test. However, our long term 318d GT is a closer match for the 320d saloon or Touring variants, since all three have a Government efficiency rating of 62.8mpg.

When we tested our previous long term 3 Series saloon (a 320d Sport), it managed 51.7mpg in the hands of our technicians. I'd hope to see a similar result once we've tested the 318d GT - so watch this space.

By Ed Callow



Week ending October 18
Mileage 12000
Driven this week 220


BMW 3 Series GT review

I've been driving my long termer again this week, and I think the vibration mentioned in the last update has now disappeared. We'll keep an ear out for any reoccurence, but for the moment all seems well enough.

I've spoken about the 3 Series GT's clever split parcel shelf before, but another helpful feature is the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats. Most cars have a 60/40 split, and a 40/20/40 version is sometimes an option - but on the GT it's standard fit.

With the 60/40 option, if you want to get something long but narrow into the car, you end up losing one big seat, and realistically are only left with space for one adult in the back. With the GT's format, you can fold down the narrow (and less useful) middle seat, but keep those on either side. The result is that four people can still travel in comfort, which is far more convenient for families.

By John Bradshaw


Week ending October 11
Mileage 11780
Driven this week 120


BMW 3 Series GT review

BMW’s 2.0-litre diesel engine is starting to feel its age, because it’s neither as smooth nor as quiet as newer rivals. However, is should still be more refined than it currently is in our 318d GT.

There’s so much vibration coming through the clutch pedal that my feet were tingling after a drive into London in stop-start traffic. Plus the gearlever is shaking from side to side in a way that would be more fitting in a truck.

The 318d GT wasn’t behaving like this the last time I drove it, so it seems a visit to the dealer is needed.

By Steve Huntingford - Steve.Huntingford@whatcar.com

Week ending October 4
Mileage 11660
Driven this week 1360


BMW 3 Series GT review

The 3 Series GT has been on people- and load-lugging duty again, which I think is the car’s key strength compared to rivals.

A family holiday to Suffolk, four-up with a boot full of luggage? No problem - and plenty of room to spare. I’ve talked about the quality of the motorway ride before, but the space afforded to both passengers and suitcases never fails to impress me.

By John Bradshaw

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