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Day by Day Review: 2013 BMW 328i xDrive car test drives daily car reviews bmw
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Loaded with extras and luxury, this week’s tester is far removed from last week’s people hauler. This week I take the all-new 2013 BMW 328i xDrive for a test drive in the snow, slush and freezing rain that is scheduled.

If you have not been keeping up with BMW’s latest changes, you may be shocked to learn that the 328i no longer offers a naturally aspirated inline-six-cylinder engine — but instead is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder plant.

Day by Day Review: 2013 BMW 328i xDrive car test drives daily car reviews bmw
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Striving to achieve great fuel economy while still offering the smooth and refined power delivery of the inline-six is the challenge that BMW was facing. The new four-cylinder is a 2.0-litre powerplant that offers 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

This is coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission that keeps the engine in the proper torque range while offering improved fuel efficiency. The new 328xi also comes equipped with the somewhat controversial auto stop/start function. This system switches off the engine when the vehicle stops temporarily and thus avoids unnecessary fuel consumption.

My tester is loaded with the Premium package and more and includes features such as: Navigation, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, premium leather seating, lane departure warning system, active blind spot detection, park distance control system, dual-zone climate control and more.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $52,950

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About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).