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BMW 328i Sports Wagon offers practicality and performance, at a big price (pictures)

As one of the few wagons on the market, the BMW 328i Sports Wagon comes at a high initial price, and to make it really feel like a BMW, you'll need to check off many boxes on the option sheet.

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BMW expanded its 3 Series models for 2014 to include the Sports Wagon. Unlike the 3 Series sedans, the Sports Wagon only comes in two engine choices, a 2-liter four-cylinder in gasoline or diesel. The gasoline version, shown here, is the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, which comes standard with all-wheel drive.
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BMW's hooded headlights, a recent style cue, meet the grille frame at their inner edges.
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The latest version of BMW's 2-liter, four-cylinder engine benefits from direct injection and a turbo to produce 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque.
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The Hoffmeister Kink, the up-angle at the rear of the window graphic, remains a BMW style cue.
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The model came with the M Sport package, which brings in a sport-tuned suspension, and adaptive dampers.
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The lift gate is power-operated.
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With the rear seats down, the 328i Sports Wagon boasts 53 cubic feet of cargo space.
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Power-adjustable sport seats, courtesy of the M Sport package, have three memory settings.
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As a cosmetic touch, the M Sport package adds M-logo rocker panels.
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The rear seating area offers few amenities.
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The 328i Sports Wagon gets an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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BMW's gauges lack any ornamentation, and are very businesslike.
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The iDrive controller sits on the console.
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This LCD comes standard in the 3 Series, and serves as the interface for the stereo and phone system.
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The iDrive interface's home screen is just a menu list of the car's functions.
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The standard Bluetooth phone system includes contact list integration, so you can view phone book entries on the screen. However, voice command is optional.
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HD Radio on the FM band comes standard in the 3 Series.
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For iOS devices and USB drives, the car shows this music library interface.

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