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Gas Mileage Ratings for BMW 3 Series Diesel Announced

Gas Mileage Ratings for BMW 3 Series Diesel Announced

By Jeff Youngs, August 05, 2013
The 2014 BMW 3 Series wagon and sedan are now available in diesel flavor. If that doesn't sound very tasty, consider this: it gets 32 mpg, and that's the city rating. Drive the new 328d on the highway, and the EPA says you can expect to see 45 mpg. The combined-driving rating is 37 mpg.

Of course, these ratings are for the rear-wheel-drive sedan. Install xDrive all-wheel drive into a 3 Series diesel, and the figures fall to 31 mpg city/43 mpg highway and 35 mpg in combined driving. Still, that's remarkable.

At the car's heart is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine generating 180 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, with peak torque available from 1,750 rpm. An 8-speed automatic transmission delivers the power to the rear wheels or, in cars with xDrive, all four wheels. BMW promises that the new 3 Series diesel will accelerate to 60 mph in a little more than 7 seconds.

In addition, the 328d and 328d xDrive models are equipped with automatic start/stop technology that turns the engine off when the car is idling in traffic or at an intersection, restarting the engine when the driver lifts off of the brake pedal. A standard Driving Dynamics Control system provides Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport powertrain calibrations, depending on the driver's preferences.

Prices start at $38,600 for the 328d sedan, representing a price premium of less than $2,000 over the 328i. Buyers can choose from standard, Luxury Line, Sport Line, and M Sport Line trim levels, and can option the car using the same list of upgrades for other 3 Series models.

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