The Washington Post
You just might be looking at “the prettiest BMW ever.” Yes, it’s a wagon, and yes, we not long ago considered its predecessor “an overpriced toy.” But this comeback edition, even at a base price of $41,450, feels worth every penny. Other compact wagons can top it in fuel economy or hauling capacity, “but none can come close to matching it” as a total package—-including safety, good looks inside and out, and “grin--forever, fun-to-drive” performance.
The New York Times
Only one in 100 vehicles purchased in the U.S. these days is a wagon, but this “especially handsome” example of the species could give the category fresh life. Though there’s too little feedback in the steering, every Sports Wagon will still “fly through curves,” and the 328i’s 2-liter turbo engine delivers “wall-to-wall torque.” If that’s not enough, the soon-to-arrive diesel-powered 328d gets 43 mph in highway driving—a number unmatched in this class.
Cargo space and backseat passenger room are up since the previous model, and the rear liftgate can now be opened by wagging your foot under the bumper. When a car as versatile as this one rolls into our lives, a resurgence of America’s love affair with wagons might not be guaranteed, but we’d be fools to call it “down for the count.”