BMW has announced a new 116d hatchback – and it becomes the German carmaker’s most efficient model.
The new BMW 116d uses the same 2.0-litre turbo as the existing 118d – which is the current World Green Car of the Year – except with reduced amounts of power. CO2 emissions are reduced to 118g/km and fuel economy is pushed up to 64.2mpg.
This means the BMW 116d is just 1.5mpg shy of the official 65.7mpg figure.
BMW 116d pricing
The 116d is still capable of 0-62mph in 10.2 seconds as a three-door (10.3 seconds as a five-door), and has a top speed of 125mph. It will cost £35 a year to tax, and has a Benefit-in-Kind rating of 13%, which should please business users.
However, with prices starting at £17,605, the 116d isn’t cheap. Especially when you consider the costs just £995 extra, offers more power and performance, and still emits just 119g/km while using fuel at the rate of 62.8mpg. The 118d also has the same low car tax gradings. Read the Which? guide to car tax for more on the new car tax bands.
The new BMW 116d goes on sale in March 2009.
New BMW engines and trim levels
Elsewhere in the BMW line-up, there’s a new Sport specification for the 116i, 116d, and 118d. An upgrade over the entry-level ES, this features 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors and washerjets, and a sporty interior. Prices start at £17,220.
The BMW 116i also gets a new 2.0-litre petrol engine, replacing the current 1.6-litre. Power and emissions figures remain the same, but a slight increase in torque means faster acceleration. It costs from £16,410.
A new engine, too, for the BMW 330d Convertible. The latest ‘common rail’ diesel injection means this turbocharged machine is now faster and more powerful but has reduced emissions and improved fuel economy. In fact, manual versions drop an entire tax grouping to Band D. Prices start at £37,610.
Finally, BMW is introducing a ‘Business Edition’ upgrade for 520d, 525d, and 530d SE and M Sport models. This costs £1,000-£1,750 extra, and includes such things as Business Navigation sat nav, BMW ConnectedAssist, and Bluetooth connectivity.
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