It is the most fuel efficient and cleanest 3 Series that BMW has ever produced and it goes on sale here after the summer. The new BMW 316d ES Saloon sets a new benchmark in the premium sector with its heightened blend of high economy, low emissions yet rewarding driving experience.
The BMW 316d is powered by a 1,995cc four-cylinder diesel engine that records 4.5 l/100km (62.8mpg ) on the combined cycle. This class-leading economy figure is enough to give the car a possible range in excess of 1280km between fill-ups. Factor in its CO2 emissions of just 118g/km and the vehicle becomes the most fuel efficient and cleanest BMW 3 Series ever.
However, every BMW still has to acquit itself in the performance stakes to meet customer expectations. A 116hp output figure and torque of 260Nm from 1,750rpm delivers a zero to 100 km/h time of 10.9 seconds. When combined with a top speed of 200 km/h and uncompromised dynamic performance this fulfils the promise of the EfficientDynamics programme. This efficiency comfortably eclipses competitor product from the likes of Audi and Mercedes. Power is transmitted to the road via a six-speed manual gearbox.
Low running costs are a key factor in the proposition of BMW 316d ownership. Aside from its parsimonious nature, the BMW 316d falls into VRT Band A and will cost €104 per year in Road Tax.
The BMW 316d ES Saloon comes as standard with the same specification as the current What Car? Green Car of the Year Executive Car category winner, the BMW 318d ES Saloon. This specification includes air-conditioning, multi-function leather steering wheel, front and rear ISOFIX child seat attachments, front foglights and the complete suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies as standard.
The new BMW 316d Saloon goes on sale in September priced at €37,315