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8 Best 2017 All-Wheel-Drive Hatchbacks

5. BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

At first glance the 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is commonly mistaken as a full-size sedan. It’s lengthened wheelbase, aggressive lines, and 5-door aerodynamic design make this AWD hatchback a true trendsetter.  The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is offered in two models, the 330i and 340i. Both come standard AWD with a panoramic moon roof that reinforces the feeling that you are flying seamlessly through the clouds.
The BMW 330i Gran Turismo is equipped with a 4-cylinder 2.0L engine with 248 HP. It highlights BMW’s TwinPower Turbo inline and their award-winning High Precision Direct Injection, double VANOS, and VALVETRONIC technologies. The BMW 340i is catching attention as one of the first turbocharged 6-cylinder vehicles the U.S has offered in decades. It’s composed with a 3.0L 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo inline and 320HP.  You can say goodbye to turbo lag thanks to BMW’s innovative double-VANOS Variable Valve Timing, TwinPower Turbo, and Direct Fuel Injection technology.

The 330i’s MSRP starts at $43,950 and the 340i starts at $49,650.  Both of these models have spacious 40/20/40 design with a power tailgate. The 340i has a foot sensor under the rear bumper that will automatically release the trunk when your hands are full.
The drive of a BMW is sure to win your hard-earned money and affection, but the lack of standard options can’t be ignored. If you think a car costing over $40,000 should come standard with heated seats, you might be disappointed to find out BMW’s do not. BMW does offer the Luxury Package, M Sport Package, Cold Weather Package, and Technology Package for the 3 Series Gran Turismo, for extra money of course.

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