2014 BMW 328i Sport Wagon interior

  • First Drive: 2014 BMW 3-series Sports Wagon
  • First Drive: 2013 Audi Allroad
  • Comparison Test: 2012 BMW 328i vs. 2013 Cadillac ATS

Speaking of add-ons, there are multiple available packages:
• Cold Weather ($950; heated front and rear seats and heated steering wheel)
• Driver Assistance ($1900; rearview camera, blind-spot detection, side- and top-view cameras, park-distance control)
• Lighting ($900; adaptive xenon headlights)
• Dynamic Handling ($1000; variable sport steering and adaptive M suspension)
• Technology ($3000; real-time traffic info, nav, and head-up display.

Stand-alone options include a sporty tune for the transmission ($500), navigation ($2000), active cruise control ($2400), and a Harmon/Kardon audio system ($875).

While the segment is small, making the argument for a broader lineup admittedly weak—the only real competition being the Acura TSX Sport Wagon and the Audi Allroad—we’re slightly disappointed to see the 240-hp four-cylinder matched only with all-wheel drive. And we’d have loved to see the 335i wagon that’s offered in Europe (we were originally told it was on the way, which cuts deep. Deep).

A diesel version is in the works for later this year, though, so at least there’s that, and our first experience behind the wheel of the latest 3-series hauler was quite positive. To keep yourself amused, you can visit BMW’s Sports Wagon configurator to build the Sports Wagon of your dreams, so long as, mechanically speaking, you in dream strictly defined terms.

By Kirk Seaman