By James Bergeron

Photo Gallery:
2009 BMW 328i xDrive

Day 1:

2009 BMW 328i xDrive
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The BMW 3 Series is one hot-selling luxury vehicle line-up. Even in these challenging times, BMW sales are only slightly down (9.3 per cent) for 2009 over 2008 for the 3 Series, and heck, BMW is only down 2.7 per cent overall, so they must be doing something right.

From where I sit, I think they are doing more than just one something right, of course, but from the looks I have been getting since I picked up this car, one of those somethings is the 3 Series’ styling — that’s for sure.

2009 BMW 328i xDrive
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So what do I have this week? This tester is a 328i with xDrive (formerly known as a 328xi). Painfully obvious is that this is the sedan; less obvious are the options in my tester — it took me a bit of digging on BMW’s website to narrow it down and I was still missing some stand-alone options.

Here is what I have: a base 328i xDrive Sedan starting at $42,500 (not too bad for a well-equipped base model AWD luxury car), but then it gets a little silly with some extra packages. The executive package ($2,500) adds: alarm system, universal garage door opener, comfort access, lumbar support, burl walnut wood trim and park distance control (which includes parking sensors on the rear bumper). The unfortunate part is that in order to add the executive package you must also add the $2,800 premium package, which is where this really starts to deviate from that well-priced, $42,000 car.

The premium package adds: heated steering wheel, auto dimming exterior mirrors, compass mirror, BMW assist with bluetooth and Dakota leather. Also on my tester are a few stand-alone options: six-speed automatic transmission with steptronic ($1,600, although according to BMW’s website it may be a no charge option for a limited time), a USB connector ($425) and the Space Grey Metallic paint job is an extra $800.

This brings the total to over $50,000 — at which point, I’m thinking 335i xDrive instead.

2009 328i xDrive
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $50,625

For more information on BMW and the 328i xDrive visit BMW Canada

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