The popularity of diesel engines in new cars is rising in America, though over in Germany driving diesels is a way of life. The BMW 328d is the latest diesel-powered sedan that Bimmer will offer to Americans, and it will also be the most efficient, boasting a 32 mpg city rating and an outstanding 45 mpg on the highway.
That makes the BMW 328d one of the most efficient cars on the road, even with the optional all-wheel drive xDrive system, which reduces ratings to 31/43. A wagon version is also available on the four-cylinder turbodiesel, which boasts an equally impressive 180 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs of torque.
You may remember that BMW initially believed their diesel 3-series would get up to a 48 mpg highway rating, so there may be a few disappointed engineers scratching their head in wonder. America’s fuel economy standards aren’t exactly diesel-friendly, though diesel owners regularly blow away government estimations. That’ll certainly help offset the $7,000 premium BMW plans to charge for their oil-burning sedan, which is the first of many diesel BMWs coming stateside.
With diesel fans looking for a luxurious touch in a sporty car (the 328d accelerarates from 0-60 mph in just 7.2 seconds), the BMW 328d couldn’t have chosen a better time to enter the American market.