Recalibration. If you have preconceptions of what the 3-Series has been and should be, it’s what you need to do when first getting behind the wheel of the new 3-Series Gran Turismo.
That’s not simply because while the 2014 BMW 3-Series GT is a hatchback and the 3-Series sedan has a trunk; there’s a lot more that’s different between these two models. Although with the 3-Series Sports Wagon you might get essentially the same driving experience as the sedan, what we found in the Gran Turismo was quite different—a softer, more passenger-oriented experience, really.
But the more time we spent with the 3GT, the more we grew to appreciate it as its own model—rather than an odd niche variant of the 3-Series, as some might see it.