BMW 320d Goes 1,000 Miles on a Tank

The following an official press release from BMW UK. There are currently no plans for availability of the 320d in the North American market.

BMW’s cleanest and greenest 3 Series ever has just completed a record-breaking journey from the UK to Munich and back – on one tank of fuel.

Filled up at the Channel Tunnel, the new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon made it to Munich, then as far as Lille on the return leg – a staggering total of 1,013 miles on a single tank of fuel – before needing to be refuelled.

To put it in a UK geographic context, the distance achieved would have meant being able to drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and still having 200 miles range left in the tank.

Just as impressive was that the intrepid driver – motoring journalist and TV presenter Tom Ford – didn’t use efficient driving techniques such as coasting, or drive deliberately slowly for the trip, coverage of which appeared in yesterday’s Sunday Times newspaper.

Although switching the air con and radio off as a concession to fuel saving, Tom managed a reasonable motorway pace all the way there and back, proving that in the real world, the new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon delivers what its promises on paper – an official combined figure of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of only 109g/km.

On the way to Munich, Tom achieved highs of 75.9mpg, and didn’t dip below 65mpg for the entire trip. With an average speed of 59.3mph, the car achieved 68.9mpg overall.

He said: “I was prepared for this car to fail in the real world. I was wrong.Although I did try and be careful and drive in a feather-footed manner, I did cruise at a reasonable 65ish mph on the autoroutes and autobahns, so faster than the usual economy run pace.

“Think about it in the context of everyday motoring: comfortably more than 1,000 miles on one tank of diesel means just 12 fills a year for the average motorist – and even driven normally I still think you ‘re looking at 750-800 miles per fill. BMW ‘s EfficientDynamics: it does what it says on the tin.”

The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon develops 163hp between 3,500rpm to 4,200rpm and 360Nm of torque from 1,750rpm to 3,000rpm. This equates to a zero to 62mph time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 137mph ensuring that while it might be extremely efficient, it still offers sporting performance – a fact not lost on Tom. He said: “It ‘s difficult to tell the difference between this model and a standard 320d in terms of driving performance which is brilliant. It means that as well as the obvious financial advantages, this special 320d is a car for the environmentally conscious who still want a car that drives superbly.”

For drivers choosing the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon, there is no VED to pay for the first year of purchase due to its low CO2 figure and a 13 per cent benefit-in-kind company car tax rating and sporting ability thanks to its 163bhp. For a business buying one, the sub 110g/km emissions mean 100 per cent first year writing down allowances, allowing the model’s full first year depreciation against to be offset against Corporation Tax.

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  • mellowmcs

    I do hope/wish that BMW will bring additional diesel models to the US. I would love a x3 2.3d or 323d or 123d (make mine a 4dr hatch please).

    I currently have a 335d and it routinely gets 600miles per tank. Which isn’t too shabby for the performance.

  • Mark Sullivan

    I can say that one of my least favorite things to do with my time and money is to go to the gas station. Any car that can do this good a gas mileage is phenomenal and would be a great asset to BMWNA. I think I will try a little fuzzy math and figure out what the payback time on an addition $10K on top of a petrol feuled car, I would think that it would be worth it. Ah…the wonders of diesel.

    Gabe is there a way of printing out the articles in a printer format. I have looked up and down for the print format.


  • mellowmcs

    In the case of my 335d there was no fuzzy math required. With the 4500 “eco credit” from BMW. I ended up paying less than I would have paid for a similarly equipped 335i. In total I got nearly 8K off. 4500 from bmw another 1500 off of msrp (gives the dealer a good profit) 500 back from bmwcca and 900 tax credit.

    With a 335i I may have been able to get 2500-3000 off of msrp but that would have been it.

  • Don’t be surprised to see a “new” diesel in the not so distant future, BMW openly admits they have shown that diesel can be performance but they may have been a little over zealous- a fuel sipper is now needed to balance things out.

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  • Axel

    As usual we here in NA the bastard childs of BMW we will not get this car it would cost less than the 335d and they dont want compitition amungst themselves DAMN it to hell!!! LOL

  • mike check

    I really wish BMW would sell this car in the US so i can switch back to BMW from my Golf TDI. I miss my 530 XiT but want something a lot more efficient. Better yet maybe an x-drive diesel 3 or 1 series.

  • Que

    Bring more diesels BMW in the USA and Canada, in 4 and 6 cylinders, and allow for manual transmissions options, I will buy one for sure.

  • chuck

    Come to the USA, we like 1000 mile tanks!!

  • Maybe we should start and official BimmerFile petition to bring smaller diesels…(but they are coming!)

  • mellowmcs

    I hope bmw learned that diesel will sell in the US… but only if they price it right!!!

    While we’re on the subject of petitions, we should start a petition to bring the 123d over. I know at least a dozen bmwcca members that would sign it and I’m sure they know a dozen more and so on and so forth!

  • chas58

    1000 miles per tank could redefine expectations in the premium segment. I wonder how people would take the HP hit and low RPM of this engine. Clearly a small numeber of people would love to have a car like this, I don’t know what the broad appeal is (and I don’t know what the future of gas prices is, other than it won’t be cheap). BMW tried a car like this in the ’80s, remember the 325e? Low RPM torque biased engine, with specs similar to the 320d Not BMW’s best model. Then again, it didn’t go 1,000 miles on a tank of gas.