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BMW 320d EfficientDynamics

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics

Family Cars

5. BMW 3 Series

Model/Engine size:
BMW 3 Series 320d EfficientDynamics
Fuel:
Diesel
Fuel economy combined:
68.9 mpg
BMW 320d EfficientDynamics

Summary

For more than 30 years the BMW 3 Series has been the benchmark compact premium saloon with its reputation being firmly built on combining luxury with a playful rear-wheel drive chassis. More recently this has been combined with excellent fuel economy, which gives the sixth generation a lot to live up to.

The 3 Series has traditionally managed to avoid the marmite styling that has afflicted the 1 Series, and the latest iteration of the ‘3’ is no exception. The biggest departure is the new nose with wider kidney grills that join the elongated headlight units. It is a contemporary look but one that will also age well.

Under the skin the 3 Series has grown a bit but is no heavier than the outgoing model. With the same 163 hp 2-litre diesel engine the new model has the same combined fuel economy and performance as the last; it doesn’t move the game on but BMW had already set the bar very high.

However in key areas the 3 Series has moved forward. BMW’s love for run flat tyres had a noticeable effect on ride quality, but the latest run flat tyres contribute to a much improved ride without affecting the fun. The 50:50 weight distribution, rear-wheel drive and feelsome steering all remain, making the 3 Series the default driver’s choice.

Bigger, better looking, and plusher are good starting points. When combined with one of the most communicative and adjustable chassis in any saloon car and excellent fuel economy it is going to take a lot to topple the 3 Series from the top of the tree. The 3 Series blends fun with environmental responsibility better than any rival.

 

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Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
78.5 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
55.4 mpg
CO2 emissions:
109 g/km
Green rating:
VED band B
Weight:
1490 Kg
Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
19%
Price:
£29,475
Insurance group:
31
Power:
163 bhp
Max speed:
143 mph
0-62mph:
8.0 seconds
Euro 6:
Yes