We found the 2007 BMW 328xi more at home driving twisty mountain roads than in mall parking lots. Its interior quality may tempt drivers looking for a luxury ride, but only sport drivers should consider this car.

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The classic BMW kidney grilles and the bulging hood hint at the performance character of this car.

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The curvature of the roof makes the 328xi look fairly mundane, but the way it's set back, allowing for a longer nose, makes its sporting nature stand out.

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Our test car came with parking assist, useful on a car with a high trunk lip.

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Trunk space isn't large, but the cold weather package includes a pass-through to the front, allowing for skis to be carried inside the car.

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Quality materials make up the interior of the 328xi, giving it a luxury feel.

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The center stack on a 3-series without the navigation option is fairly simple. Our car also came with an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

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We found the interface for navigating MP3 and WMA CDs excellent, even though it's only a two-line display.

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A standard auxiliary audio input sits inside the center console, a perfect place to stow an MP3 player.

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The Menu button, on the upper right, brings up this function selection screen, which lets you get at the phone and trip computer displays.

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BMW's Bluetooth cell phone integration is among the best.

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The trip computer is easily accessed, showing range and average fuel economy.

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The 328xi handles beautifully, although the wheel takes some effort to turn in parking lot and driveway maneuvering.

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The well-balanced gauges show vehicle and engine speed, along with fuel level and, a classic BMW feature, immediate fuel consumption.

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This 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine produces 230 horsepower.

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