Is there any point in buying a BMW 320d EfficientDynamics? Well, that depends. Many
motorists choose the 3 Series – in one of its numerous guises - because they think it is
fashionable. They believe that owning this compact executive status symbol will make
their neighbours jealous, their colleagues respectful. and that the opposite sex will find
them irresistible. But why? There is nothing 'exclusive' about the 3 Series – it feels like
everybody has one. So, if you choose cars based only on fashion – best look elsewhere.
However, if you purchase vehicles because of their mechanical merit – find the nearest
BMW dealership and sign on the dotted line. Buy why? For starters the capable 320d
EfficientDynamics is tremendous fun to drive. The pin-sharp rear-wheel-drive chassis,
responsive steering, and smooth transmission see to that. This £27,900 machine also
has a reasonable specification. This includes: climates control, MP3 connectivity, and an
electronic stability programme. Good, but here comes this car's most appealing strength.
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics is a hard-core environmental champion. Its 2.0-litre
163ps diesel engine averages a staggering 68.9mpg, and this mechanical marvel returns
78.5mpg on the extra-urban cycle. This means its carbon emissions are lower than a
snake's belly – 109g/km to be precise – so twelve months road tax costs £20. Remarkable
for a large car that reaches 62mph in 8 seconds. Who says eco-warriors have to be slow?
So, let us forget fashion – ignore status – and disregard image. Let us simply enjoy this
BMW 3 Series for what it is – a tremendously capable and environmentally friendly car.