BMW has announced a new model: the 316d ES saloon. With official combined fuel economy of 62.8mpg it becomes the most efficient 3 Series ever produced.
Using the same 114bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine as the 116d – which is the most efficient of all BMWs – the new 316d not only returns class-leading fuel economy, it also emits just 118g/km of CO2. This means it is theoretically capable of travelling up to 800 miles on every tank of diesel, and will cost just £35 a year in road tax.
Returning 62.8mpg, the 316d is within touching distance of more obviously ‘green’ car choices; the new hybrid, for example, returns 64.2mpg – albeit using petrol instead of diesel. The BMW is also comprehensively more efficient than anything Audi or Mercedes offers in this sector.
Business in mind
BMW is clearly keen to target business users with this vehicle.
It would seem an ideal fleet choice since the low running costs combine with a low 13% benefit-in-kind rating. Compared with the previous most economical 3 Series, the 318d, company car tax payers can expect to save between £328 and £524 a year.
Equipment and performance
Available in ES specification only, the 316d comes with air conditioning, multi-function steering wheel and all the usual BMW EfficientDynamics features.
Performance is adequate; driving through a six-speed manual gearbox, the 316d reaches 62mph in 10.9 seconds and has a top speed of 125mph.
Priced from £23,330, the BMW 316d ES saloon goes on sale in September.
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