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BMW 3 Series GT 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Mar 31 2020 Share this blog

Even with the car sales figures following a down graph, many manufacturers are not getting bogged down when it comes to launching new models. One such manufacturer is BMW which has launched the facelift of the GT model of the 3 series. The GTs or Grand Tourers are popular as they are designed for covering long distances at high speeds along with providing performance and luxury attributes. Hence, even in the Indian market, the 3 Series GT has been quite a popular car among luxury car buyers.

2020 bmw 3 series gt side profile

This time BMW has launched a new variant of the 330i Gran Sport in India, the M Sport. There are certain subtle differences between the regular and the M sports variant. The car has always been dynamic as it has offered good performance as well as better practicality than the regular 3-Series. It offers more space and ground clearance too. The prices of the 3 series GT start from Rs. 50.70 lakhs (Ex-showroom) and it goes up against its rivals such as the Mercedez C-Class and Jaguar XE Pure. Now with its rivals in the game its time to see how practical the 3 series GT still is.


What will Impress You?

  • Punchy engine
  • Comprehensive features list
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Spacious cabin


What Won’t?

  • Not many variant options
  • Not the best in terms of looks


What’s New in 2020 BMW 3 Series GT?

  • BS6 compliant engine
  • New features
  • Updated styling

2020 BMW 3 Series GT Variants and Features

BMW has launched the 3-Series GT in only two variants which are divided based on the engine and features list. The new addition is the 330i GT M Sport which is priced at Rs 50.70 lakh (Ex-showroom) and gets styling updates over the standard model. It gets a new front and rear bumper which are inspired by the M3.  There are more styling changes like the //M badges on the front fender and also the 18-inch M Sport wheels. The 330i GT M Sport only comes with a petrol engine and on the other hand, the 320d GT Luxury Line is available only with a diesel engine. The interesting thing to note here is that both the variants are priced similarly as the 320d GT Luxury Line variant will also cost you Rs. 50.70 Lakh (Ex-Showroom).

Variants (Prime)

320d GT Luxury Line 

330i GT M Sport

Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs 50.70 lakh

Rs 50.70 lakh

Key Features

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist 

All features of the Luxury Line and:


Electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensor 

BMW Individual headliner anthracite


Tyre pressure indicator 

Multifunction M leather steering wheel 


Automatic 2-zone air conditioning with rear air vents 

BMW Individual headliner anthracite 


Airbags: Front airbags for driver and front passenger- head airbags for all 4 outer seats - Side airbags for driver and front passenger

18 inch M light-alloy wheels Star-spoke style


Rain sensor and automatic driving lights 

Car key with exclusive M designation 

 

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As the BMW 3 Series GT is offered in only available in two variants, choosing a variant is a matter of engine preference. If you are looking for more frugal engine then the 320d Luxury Line variant makes more sense to buy. But in terms of everything else, the M sport is a better choice as it has better performance on offer thereby is more fun to drive. Hence, the 320i M Sport would be our choice from the variant line-up.

2020 BMW 3 Series GT Engine and Performance

BMW has given the 3 series GT both diesel as well as a petrol mill. In terms of the petrol engine, the car comes with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinders powerhouse that produces 250 BHP of power at 5200 RPM and 350 Nm of torque between 1450-4800 RPM.  Once you crank up the engine it instantly impresses you with its refinement level. After the initial startup, there is almost no noise from the engine that creeps into the cabin and the NVH level are excellent. The engine comes with various modes which alter the engine’s performance. It gets the Eco, Comfort and a Sport mode. In the Eco mode, power delivery is just about adequate and the 8-speed automatic gearbox is slow to respond.

2020 bmw 3 series gt petrol engine

Putting it in comfort mode gives it a good balance of good power delivery and decent mileage. The Sports mode, is best left for when you want to go pedal to the metal style. Mashing the throttle in Sports mode pushes you back into your seat especially if you are lifting off from a standstill. Hence over on the highways overtaking is as simple as tapping the throttle. The Sport+ mode deactivates the Traction Control but the engine performance remains the same as in the sports mode. It is quite a rev-happy engine and the grunt stays, all the way to the top-end of the rev band. The  8-speed ZF transmission is smooth shifting and is one the best gearbox in business.

2020 bmw 3 series gt diesel engine

The second option in the line-up is the diesel-powered BMW 3-Series GT. The diesel mill produces 188 BHP and 400 Nm and is the same the one used in the regular 3-series. The engine is also quite rev-happy as it can pull up to 5000 rpm. This powertrain feels very refined too but it does get vocal once you get past the mid-range. Although, the sound from the engine never feels harsh. Due to the ample low-end torque, it picks up smoothly from a standstill. The mid-range is quite punchy which makes overtaking a breeze. Even though the 8-speed automatic gearbox feels responsive, taking manual control of the gearbox with the paddle shifter further makes it more engaging. 

Overall, both the engines on offer are capable of providing fun to drive experience and have the adequate grunt for the city as well as the highway cruising.

Models

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 330i GT M Sport 

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 Prime

Jaguar XE Pure

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR

50.70 lacs

40.90 lacs

40.60 lacs

Engine

2.0-litre four-cylinder Petrol

1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Petrol

2.0-litre turbocharged Inline four-cylinder Petrol

Transmission

8-Speed Steptronic Sport Automatic

9-Speed G-Tronic Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power (bhp)

250@5300rpm

181@5800rpm

197@4500rpm

Torque(Nm)

350@1450

280@1600rpm

320@1200rpm

In comparison, the 3 Series GT’s engine has more grunt on offer than any of its rivals. The C-Class, on the other hand, provides the best refinement levels with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The Jaguar XE feels the most unrefined but only when compared to its rivals, in isolation, the XE also provides good NVH levels.


Acceleration

As evident from the spec sheet, the 3-Series GT is the fastest car in terms of sprinting from 0-100 kmph. The in-gear acceleration is quite impressive too and even at 100 kmph in 8th gear, it has enough grunt on offer for a brisk overtake.

2020 bmw 3 series gt acceleration 0-100

The extra power and torque help the 3-Series GT get ahead of its rivals with ease. Hence, when it comes to mashing the pedal, the BMW is still the leader in this segment. 

Models

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 330i GT M Sport

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Jaguar XE

0-100 kmph (seconds)

6.1

7.7

6.8

Engine

2.0-litre turbocharged Inline four-cylinder Petrol

1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Petrol

2.0-litre turbocharged Inline four-cylinder Petrol

Thought the transmission of the C-Class is super smooth, it a slower shifting transmission in comparison to the one used in the 3-series GT. The lower power and torque figure of the C-Class doesn’t help it much either. On the other hand, the Jaguar XE does a better job at sprinting due to the more power on offer with its engine.


Ride and Handling

Living up to the Gran Turismo attributes the BMW 3-Series GT provides a very comfortable ride. BMW has tuned the suspension of the car brilliantly for Indian road conditions. Due to the long suspension travel, the car just glides over bad roads and doesn't unsettle even on sharp bumps. The suspension is not as hard as in the regular 3-series, hence making it more practical for Indian road conditions. It also works silently and you seldom hear working its way through the rough roads. The ride only improves as you pick up more speed.

2020 bmw 3 series gt cornering

Coming to the handling department, the steering offers good feel and feedback. Even though the car sits higher off the ground, it feels under control even under emergency braking situations. However, the body roll is noticeable and the GT doesn't feel as planted as the regular 3-Series around the corners. The tyres provide good levels of grip and do not give up the grip even while taking sharp turns at high speeds. Overall, the 3-Series GT trades off some driving dynamics for a better ride and comfort but the does not feel awful to drive in any way.


Braking

BMW knows how to make a car with good stopping power and things are no different with the 3-Series GT. The brakes feel confident and provide a progressive bite. The car maintains its line even under hard braking. It gets disc brake on all four wheels as well as ABS with EBD as standard.

2020 bmw 3 series gt disc brakes

The ABS has been tuned well as it only intrudes under hard braking. Overall, the car drops an anchor and comes to a halt maintaining its line even under hard braking. 

Model

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 330i GT M Sport

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Jaguar XE

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Kerb Weight (kg)

1595

1505

1548

Compared to its rivals the 3-Series GT’s braking performance is at par with its rivals. Even though the Beemer is heavier than its rivals, the stopping power is similar as it is heavier only by a slight margin. However, due to its heavier weight and raised ground clearance, there is some amount of a nose-dive under hard braking.


Mileage

Even while mileage is not the primary factor while buying a car for most luxury car buyers, BMW has given the 3-Series GT a frugal diesel engine. It returns a good 15 kmpl on the highway and 12 kmpl in the city. It is assisted by a stop/start system which switches the engine off while at a stoplight. On the other hand, the petrol mill returns a combined fuel efficiency of 15.34 kmpl.

2020 bmw 3 series gt driving modes

You can expect it to return a 10 kmpl under city conditions and if you go hard on the throttle the fuel efficiency can drop down to around 6kmpl.

Model

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 330i GT M Sport

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Jaguar XE

Mileage (Kmpl)

15.34

12

14

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

60

66

56

Range (Km)

799

792

784

2020 BMW 3 Series GT Exteriors

The new BMW 3-Series GT maintains the overall look of the outgoing model but now comes with some subtle changes on the outside. The changes include revised bumpers, adaptive full-LED headlamps, tweaked LED tail-lamps and new alloy wheels. Hence it would take a trained eye to spot the difference between the current and the outgoing model.

2020 bmw 3 series gt rear view

It looks classy on the outside in typical BMW fashion.  At the front, the headlamps have been transformed into full-LED units with LED daytime running lights. From the rear, the boot-lid mounted spoiler enhances the sportiness of the car.  Overall, the car manages to look sharp and elegant at the same time. 

Model

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Jaguar XE

Kerb weight (kg)

1595

1505

1548

Length(mm)

  4824

4686

4795

Width(mm)

1828

1810

1967

Height(mm)

1508

1402

1416

Ground clearance (mm)

165

157

103

Wheelbase (mm)

2920

2840

2835



Exterior Features

Some of the notable exterior features are:

  • Panoramic sliding Sunroof
  • Adaptive LED headlights including Auto High Beam Assistance 
  • Active rear spoiler
  • Automatic tailgate
  • Frameless doors
  • Foldable exterior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle function on the driver side, mirror heating, memory and integrated LED turn indicators
  • Heat protection glazing 
  • LED headlights 
  • LED Fog lights with reflection system
  •  Rain sensor and automatic driving lights

2020 BMW 3 Series GT Interiors

Like the exteriors of the 3-Series GT, BMW has not made many changes in terms of the interiors as well. In typical BMW fashion, the dashboard styling is quite driver-centric. The interiors are well laid-out with ergonomics well sorted. The steering feels premium and beefy making it very good to hold.

2020 bmw 3 series gt dashboard

The centre console gets the usual buttons and the iDrive knob. The new GT gets an updated iDrive version which is now more fluidic as well as more sorted than before. But as the menus have different fonts, it takes some time getting used to. Now you also get more number of colour schemes for the cabin.

2020 bmw 3 series gt seating comfort

As the car is based on the 3-Series, the seats are very comfortable with adequate lumbar as well as under-thigh support. The overall visibility is not great but acceptable. It has more space on the inside than the regular 3-Series, especially at the rear. On the rear, you get manual sunblinds, AC vents and an automatic blind for the rear windshield. 

Model

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Jaguar XE

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

 The rear is good for two people offers good legroom and headroom. Hence, taking long journeys in them will be a delightful. The materials used feel premium and all buttons and knobs feel built to last. Overall, the interiors of the car feel like a good space to be in and spending long hours inside is easy.


Interior Features

  • Automatic 2-zone air conditioning with rear air vents 
  • BMW Individual headliner anthracite
  • Centre armrest in rear with 2 cup holders 
  • Electrical seat adjustment for driver & passenger with memory function for driver 
  • Front armrest, sliding with storage compartment 
  • Floor mats in velour 
  • High-resolution instrument display with extended contents
  • Interior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle function
  • Lights package with ambient lighting 
  • Multifunction instrument display with 26 cm (10.5”) display adapted to individual character design for Drive modes 
  • Multifunction Sport leather steering wheel


Boot Capacity

As the 3-series GT scores high on practicality, it gets a very spacious boot. Infact the boot space, at 520 litres, is the largest in this comparison. The rear seats can be folded flat which provides even more space with just a pull of a lever.

2020 bmw 3 series gt cargo space

Hence, it is enough to carry your household groceries and more than a weekend worth of your luggage. The boot is also practically laid as the loading lip is not on the higher side.

Model

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo 330i GT M Sport

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Jaguar XE

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

520

475

410

 

2020 BMW 3 Series GT Safety Ratings and Reliability

The 3-Series GT gets a top-notch safety package which makes it quite a safe car to be in. It gets many driver aids to help you gain control in emergencies. It is well-equipped as it gets equipment like– eight airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control, ESP and ISOFIX child-seat mounts.

2020 bmw 3 series gt reverse camera sensor

The car has also received a full 5-stars rating in the NHSTA crash tests which speaks of its reliability in terms of safety.


Safety Features:

  • 8-Airbags
  • Cruise Control
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist
  • BMW Condition Based Service (Intelligent maintenance
  • system) 
  • Cornering Brake Control (CBC) 
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic
  • Traction Control (DTC)
  • Electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensor 
  • Emergency Spare Wheel 
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting
  • Runflat tyres with reinforced sidewalls 
  • Side-impact protection
  • Three-point seat belts for all seats, including pyrotechnic belt tensioners in the front and with belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure indicator

2020 BMW 3 Series GT Competition Check

 BMW 3-Series GT vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class

bmw 3 series gt vs mercedes benz c class

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is quite a potent competitor of the BMW 3-Series GT. Living up to the pure Mercedes fashion, it screams classy in every way. The cabin quality it offers is top-notch and simply feels the best in its segment. It is the best car if you like to be chauffeured around rather than getting behind the wheel. But in terms of performance, the C-Class is no match for the 3-Series GT. the BMW is just a better car in terms of driving dynamics. Hence if you are looking for a car that you can take for a spin all by yourself, nothing beats the 3-Series GT still.


BMW 3-Series GT VS Jaguar XE

bmw 3 series gt vs jaguar xe

The Jaguar XE has always been an attractive car in terms of looks. It looks quite sporty and is simply the best of the bunch in terms of design. It brings in a different appeal to the table which helps it distinguish from its rivals. But in terms of the overall fit finish and quality, it lags behind its German rivals. Coupled with a small boot and low ground clearance, it doesn’t score high on practicality either. Hence, overall, the BMW 3-Series GT just feels like a better car at the end of the day.

Final Verdict 

The BMW 3-Series GT is a car which based on a car which has already proved its mantle. It is just a more practical car which trades off some driving dynamics to offer a more user-friendly experience. It is not as fun to drive as the sedan but still scores better when it comes to driving dynamics in comparison to its rivals. Hence the 3-Series GT isn’t exactly what you can call boring.

It offers punchy performance along with a comfortable ride. Hence, with an option of a potent diesel as well as a petrol engine, the 3-Series GT offers the best-in-class performance with more practical user experience, making it a car worth putting your money on.

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