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BMW 320d EfficientDynamics

Is there any point in buying a BMW 320d EfficientDynamics?

By Stephen Turvil
Sep 09, 2011
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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.

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By Stephen Turvil
Sep 09, 2011