2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Mega Fuel Range
April 4, 2014
The trip back south from Oregon wasn't as rushed as the northern leg had been. We wanted to get home, but we were too frazzled to drive back on high alert.
So after our first California fuel stop in sleepy Yreka we decided to set the cruise control at a reasonable speed in the low 70's, settle in and let Interstate 5 stream past.
We didn't stop for gas again until we were over 497 miles down the road at Lost Hills.
That was a 33.2 mpg tank. The following fill-up, the one that brought us the rest of the way home from Lost Hills, was 33.0 mpg.
The EPA highway rating for this car is 33 mpg. Nailed it.
The worst tank on our northern leg (winding two-lane road, rain, elevation changes, passing through small one-horse towns) had been 27.4 mpg. Our overall trip average for the 2,100-mile round trip and associated side trips came out to 29.7 mpg.
All of this compares quite favorably to the EPA combined rating of 26 mpg.
Not sure if anyone will break the 500-mile range barrier in this car, but I'm convinced it can be done with the cruise control set between 65 and 70 mph on cruise control. The 2.0-liter turbo-4 in the 328i can be quite efficient when you relax and go with the flow.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,574 miles