Yes, you read that title correctly: xDrive. This year, the Sports Wagon will be fitted with xDrive as standard. xDrive is what BMW calls all wheel drive. Like its sedan sibling, the 2014 328i xDrive Sport Wagon boasts a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.
The 328i xDrive Sports Wagon is powered by BMW’s quickly proliferating 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Other standard features include eight-way power front seats, leatherette seating surfaces, Bluetooth connectivity, and iDrive infortainment. Cruise control and BMW’s chassis-adjusting Driving Dynamics Control also come along for the ride.
The Modern Line package is similar, but uses matte chrome on the grille bars and exhaust tip, and paints both the wide window trims and roof rails in black. 18-inch, turbine-inspired wheels are standard. The lower end gets you an Alpine White or Jet Black wagon with leatherette upholstery and no options. At the other end of the range, a loaded-up M Sport 328i xDrive Sport Wagon would price out at $61366, which gives you an idea of the 3-Series wagon’s current Canadian price range.
In between these extremes are Luxury Line, Modern Line and Sport Line trims, which can be configured with a wide array of packages and options, based upon a buyer’s needs and expectations. Each comes with BMW’s Ultimate Service, which includes four years or 50,000 miles worth of free service, warranty coverage and roadside assistance.
The remainder of the 2014 328i xDrive Sport Wagon’s pricing structure is virtually identical to the 328i xDrive sedan. A cold-weather package – with heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel and a driver assistance package – which includes blind-spot detection, park sensors, and side/top/rear-view cameras. Driving enthusiasts may prefer to spring for the dynamic handling package, which adds adaptive dampers and variable sport-tuned steering assist. Navigation is available a la carte, or as part of the technology package, which also includes a heads-up display, enhanced gauge cluster, and telematics services. All these options will add to the price tag, but many will find them well worth it.
We’re excited about this new Sports Wagon. It’s slick and has everything we love about the 2013 plus a whole bunch of cool goodies.