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2008 BMW 328xi Sports Wagon Review

Ultimate Luxe Cargo Ship

A three-quarter rear view of a 2008 BMW 328xi Sports Wagon

In short: A practical, luxurious and small city wagon.

This spacious five-passenger station wagon has a firm grip on the road with its xDrive all-wheel drive, dynamic stability and traction controls, and hill descent control. Along with excellent traction, the sporty hauler features four ventilated disc brakes and an interlocking door anchoring system, which helps protect passengers during a side-impact crash. Added bonuses include eight-way adjustable front seats, Sirius satellite radio, a Logic7 audio system, panoramic moonroof and onboard navigational system.

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty; four-year/50,000-mile full maintenance program; twelve-year rust perforation limited warranty; four-year/unlimited-mile BMW roadside assistance.

Base Price: $36,100 / As tested: $47,820

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 5-door station wagon

Engine: 3.0-liter, 24-valve DOHC 6-cylinder
Horsepower: 230 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 200 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight: 4,872 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 178.2/71.5/55.8 in

Brakes: all-wheel ventilated disc with ABS, brake drying, brake stand-by, brake fade compensation
double-pivot in front, 5-link/5-beam in rear, anti-roll stabilizer bars in front and rear, twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers
all-wheel drive, dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control, start-off assistant, and hill descent control

0-62 mph: 7.1 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (governed)

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

Smog Index: .38

Safety: front and rear head protection system, front seat frontal airbag supplemental restraint system, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, decoupling of foot pedals in a severe frontal crash, automatic fuel cut-off triggered by airbag deployment, interlocking door anchoring system to protect against side impacts, tire pressure monitor

Likes: low ground clearance, miniature glove box

Dislikes: cargo space, handling

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