Drivers, can you have it all? Maybe, with the 2014 BMW 328d.
Performance, fuel economy, luxury, and style: the 2014 BMW 328d boasts all this and more, Vijayenthiran says. The new BMW model will be priced from $39,525 for a rear-wheel-drive sedan when it goes on sale this fall.
The complete 328d range, which includes sedan and wagon bodystyles, the latter offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that develops a stout 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
BMW says the engine should deliver 0-60 mph times of just over seven seconds when matched to a standard eight-speed automatic.
This week, the EPA released its fuel economy figures for the range and the most frugal, as expected, is the rear-wheel-drive 328d sedan, which rates in at 32/45 mpg city/highway and 37 mpg combined. As the guys at Autoblog point out, that’s better than the smaller Volkswagen Jetta TDI’s 30/42 mpg.
It’s also significantly better than the former 335d, which rated only 23 mpg in the city, although its six-cylinder engine was more powerful than the four-cylinder unit in the latest 328d.
Add xDrive all-wheel drive to the 328d sedan and the EPA figures deteriorate slightly to 31/43 mpg city/highway and 35 combined. The figures are the same for the328d xDrive Sports Wagon.
The 2014 BMW 328d range goes on sale this fall and is priced from $39,525 for the rear-wheel-drive sedan. Adding xDrive bumps the price up to $41,525. The 2014 328d xDrive Sports Wagon is priced from $43,875. By comparison, the ActiveHybrid 3, whose EPA-rated fuel economy comes in at 25/35 mpg city/highway and 28 combined, starts at a lofty $50,575.
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