2014 BMW 328d: 45 MPG on Highway, Says EPA


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    The diesel-powered 2014 BMW 328d returns 32 mpg in city driving and 45 mpg on the highway. | August 01, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The diesel-powered 2014 BMW 328d returns 32 mpg in city driving and 45 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
  • BMW had predicted earlier that the BMW 328d will get mileage that "could well exceed 40 mpg," a number that has become the Holy Grail for automakers.
  • The 2014 BMW 328d gets better fuel economy than the smaller 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

WASHINGTON — The diesel-powered 2014 BMW 328d returns 32 miles per gallon in city driving and 45 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The all-wheel-drive version of the new diesel-powered 3-Series, the 328d xDrive, sacrifices little compared with the rear-drive model, generating official EPA fuel-economy figures of 31 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.

The 2014 BMW 328d models are equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that delivers 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. BMW had predicted earlier that the 2014 328d will get mileage that "could well exceed 40 mpg," a number that has become the Holy Grail for automakers.

A 2014 BMW 328d gets better fuel economy than the smaller 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The Jetta TDI returns 30 mpg in city driving and 42 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The BMW diesel stands alone in its class here, but not for long. The next-generation Audi A4 sedan in the U.S. will feature an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI engine. The new Audi A4 will arrive sometime in 2014. EPA fuel-economy numbers have not been released on the diesel-powered A4.

The highly anticipated BMW diesel makes its U.S. debut at a time when diesel fuel prices exceed those of gasoline. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Thursday pegged the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.63 versus $3.88 for diesel.

Diesel-powered cars typically get 15 to 20 percent better fuel economy than their gasoline counterparts.

Edmunds says: Impressive fuel-economy numbers from the 2014 BMW 328d, which should make it even more attractive to consumers.

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