Double Take M-Sports Wagon-off: 2017 BMW 330i xDrive Individual v. 2014 BMW 328i xDrive

There’s an entire sub-culture of automobile enthusiasts that MUST have everything wagon. And for those people, there have long been many options to choose from – expect recently. Since the 2000s, the number of wagons available to U.S. fans has dropped off a cliff so that today precious few are left. I detailed what I felt was the height of the market last year over at The Truth About Cars.

Today, enter the marketplace and there are very few options left. The staple Audi A6 and BMW 5-series wagons have left the market, as has the regular A4. Sure, today you can finally get an all-wheel drive Golf Sportwagon that was promised for so long, but outside of that, you’re left really with the Allroad, the expensive and numb (but potentially ridiculously quick) Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon, or the BMW 3-series.

Options for the 3-series have dwindled as well as the price has increased. From rear-or-all-wheel drive a few years ago with multiple engine options, only two remain – you have a choice or gas, or diesel. The Sports Wagon has gotten pretty ridiculously expensive, too – starting at $43,000, it’s not hard to break $60,000 when you start to add options (which you’ll see below). Even more ridiculousl is the naming convention, to the point of I’m not sure what the word order is in the title of these cars anymore. Seriously, consider our first example – the “2017 BMW 330i xDrive Sports Wagon M-Sport Individual”. Or was Individual first? Or M-Sport second?

Nevertheless, these wagons remain popular among sport-minded German car freaks who need to carry more than just themselves. Today I have two interesting blue options to consider – one a special-ordered Individual in Laguna Seca that is brand spanking new, or a lightly used Estoril Blue Metallic example. Which is the one to have?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2017 BMW 330i xDrive M-Sport Sports Wagon Individual on eBay


Year: 2017
Model: 330i xDrive M-Sport Sports Wagon Individual
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Mileage: 13 mi
Price: $75,679 Buy It Now

#nonelikeit!!! Behold the most-magnificent BMW wagon ever produced by the factory! (We think so!) HOW BEAUTIFUL IS IT FINISHED IN LAGUNA SECA BLUE?? This 330xi TOURING WAGON is EQUIPPED!!! Drivers Assistance Package, M-Sport Package, 20″ Style 405M M-Performance Wheels, Premium Package, Technology Package, Rear Manual Shades, Heated Seats, Apple Car Play Compatibility, Wireless Handset Charging, Heads Up Display, Rear View Camera, Navigation with Real-Time Traffic information & Dynamic Guidance, Park Distance Control, Comfort Access/Keyless Entry, Enhanced USB & Bluetooth, Sirius Satellite Radio, Black Performance Grills, Carbon Fiber Mirror Caps, Rear Diffuser, Carbon Fiber & Alcantara Interior Trim, Carbon Fiber Selector Lever, M-Performance Rocker Decals, Front Aero-Splitter, Performance Analyzer (Android & IOS), Carbon Fiber Brake Handle, Painted Rear Spoiler, M-Performance Illuminated Door Sills, LED Door Projector AND MANY MANY OTHER OPTIONS! FOR OUT OF STATE BUYERS: SALE INCLUDES A ROUND-TRIP TICKETS TO LOS ANGELES AND TWO NIGHTS AT THE UNIVERSAL HILTON HOTEL AS WELL AS SHIPMENT OF THE VEHICLE TO YOUR HOME ADDRESS! CENTURY WEST BMW is a franchise-BMW dealership located just blocks away from Universal Studios in Los Angeles. If you have any questions, kindly contact us at 818.432.9000

This 330i xDrive M-Sport Sports Wagon comes from the same dealer as the new Fire Orange Competition Package M3 Individual I looked at earlier in the month. Like that one, it’s basically fully loaded and was special ordered from BMW’s Individual program in Laguna Seca Blue. Also like the last one, it’s massively expensive; consider the 330i xDrive Sports Wagon stickers at some $32,000 less than the asking price here (nearly 50% high!). BMW offers Estoril Blue Metallic (more on that soon) with the mandatory (for color) M-Sport package for $3,200. Click every single option and I still only get to $63,000 – some $11,000 shy. Once again, it appears the seller is looking for a massive premium for the color having been ordered. And while Laguna Seca does look cool, it has to be said that the combination of add-ons, wheels and the all-black interior don’t make for a warm and fuzzy feeling in my sub-cackle area.

Is there an alternative to this insanity?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2014 BMW 328i xDrive M-Sport Sports Wagon on eBay


Year: 2014
Model: 328i xDrive M-Sport Sports Wagon
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Mileage: 31,395 mi
Price: $38,495 Buy It Now

2014 BMW 328 xDrive M-Sport Wagon. 2.0T AWD, automatic.

Estoril Blue Metallic exterior with Coral Red leather interior. 31,400 miles.

1 Owner car, clean Carfax. No accident history. Acquired the vehicle from BMW as an Off Lease car. This wagon is in excellent condition with literally no damage or imperfections. Nearly perfect condition. It is pretty uncommon to come across an M-Sport wagon like this that is loaded up with all the features.

Standard Features:

– 2.0l TwinPower Turbo 16v inline 4-cylinder engine

– Driving Dynamics Control – Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport settings

– Dynamic stability control, brake fade compensation, start-off assist, brake drying, brake stand-by; with dynamic traction control

– High performance, 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes w/ABS, dynamic brake control, and cornering brake control

– xDrive all-wheel-drive system

– 8-way power front seats

– Bluetooth

– iDrive system

– Automatic climate control

– 2-way power glass panoramic roof

– Dynamic cruise control

– BMW’s advanced safety program

– Front and rear head protection system

– Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags

– BMW Assist eCall w/10-year subscription

Optional/Added Features:

– Estoril Blue paint

– M-Sport Package (18” wheels, sport seats, high-gloss black trim highlights, aluminum hexagon interior trim, M steering wheel, Aerodynamic kit, shadowline exterior trim, anthracite headliner)

– Cold weather package (includes heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, and headlight washers)

– Driver Assistance Package (rear view camera and park distance control)

– Driver Assistance Plus Package (active blind spot detection, active driving assistant, and side and top view cameras)

– Dynamic Handling Package (adaptive M suspension, variable sport steering)

– Lighting Package (Xenon headlights)

– Premium Package (Comfort Access keyless entry, lumbar support, satellite radio)

– Technology Package (Navigation, heads-up display, BMW online, Advanced RTTI, remote services, BMW apps, enhanced Bluetooth and smartphone in

– Anti-theft alarm system

– Universal garage-door opener

– Roof rails in satin aluminum

– Rear manual side window shades

– Auto-dimming side mirrors and rearview mirror

– Split fold-down rear seat

– Storage package

– Ambiance Lighting

– Harmon Kardon surround sound

– M Performance Exhaust

– Stainless steel pedals

– Active sound design

Here’s your chance to grab a very well optioned M Sport wagon with a highly desired color combo. The car has the owner’s manual, two keys, and the original window sticker.

This BMW is located in Mesa, AZ. Buyer is responsible for pick up or transportation of the vehicle. We reserve the right to end the auction at any time, as we are a retail dealer and have the vehicle listed locally for sale. $199 Dealer Doc fee. We are a licensed used car dealer in the state of Arizona, and AZ tax laws are applicable. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required within 24 hours of the auction closing.

Please call or text Alex with any questions regarding the car 623-738-4357

If no answer, please leave a message and your call will be returned promptly.

*Carfax report underneath all the pictures*

Stepping back a few years to the pre-LCI (2015) changes very little on the F31; you’re giving up 7 peak horsepower between the B48B20B (2015+) and the N20B30 (2011-2015). The same 8-speed gearbox drives all-wheels, they share the same body and most of the same features. This car also has a much more inviting interior with the Coral Red leather; maybe not the combination I’d choose out of the box, but a lot more interesting than swaths of black and carbon. The exterior, too, looks less fussy without all the spoilers, tack-ons and tacky wheels.

Miles are relatively high for a two-year old example, but this is a car still in warranty so there shouldn’t be many excuses or worries on that front. The price, at some half the Laguna Seca car, basically seals the deal – though it should be noted that if you can get great financing on a new model you’re not too far off the asking price of a 0 mile example.

Which is the winner? I think you’d have to be nuts to pay $75,000 for a 3-series wagon with a 2.0 turbo under the hood, so by default that makes the used example the one to get.

-Carter

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8 Comments

  1. In the age of 50k F150’s I’m not that surprised about a 70k 3 series wagon with a four banger.

  2. I rented a diesel 3 series wagon in Europe two summers ago. I found it too big and not great to see out of. Next to impossible to see where you are backing up. I’d take the previous gen over this new one. The handling was less precise than the E92 as well.

  3. For 60K you can get a 2017 Volvo PoleStar V60 in Rebel Blue – The Laguna Seca is nice but I’ll save the 15k and add 100HP.

  4. @David – not to mention the V60 is better looking.

  5. I am always building blue cars with red interiors on the BMW and Porsche congifurators. Glad to see I am not the only one with an oddball sense of taste.

  6. $75k for a 4cyl automatic wagon?!?!?!? Pow! That is some Tasty Kool-Aid!

  7. Century West is a bit exaggerated with their cars….though they order them in many individual colors and they are certainly unique in that respect…but I have to question anyone’s sanity for dropping 70k+ for this.

  8. I’m not sure a 2.0t warrants Laguna Seca Blue, but that is a beautiful wagon. At $70k the list of cars I’d buy before this one is long indeed.

    And holy low profile tires! Around here those rims would be bent to hell in short order.

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