BMW 335d Six-Month Test Report and Review

3-Series | August 16th, 2010 by 6
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The Diesel Driver magazine gives us their six-months status report on the BMW 335d, one of the most exciting BMW diesels and one that will …

The Diesel Driver magazine gives us their six-months status report on the BMW 335d, one of the most exciting BMW diesels and one that will most likely join our BMWBLOG fleet in December.

Let’s have a look.

“The roughly 400 km (249 mile) drive from New York City to Washington D.C. and back (another 400 km) used most – but not all – of the Montego Blue BMW 335d’s fuel, reported Paul Riegler, our contributing editor. undefined In terms of fuel economy, the 335d used 6.0 l/100 km (39 mpg) on the traffic free trip, with speeds ranging from 80 km/h (50 mph) to 130 km/h (80 mph).

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“No need to stop for refueling,” Paul’s notes read.

How many other cars with 425 pound-feet of torque can you say that about?

Contrast this with the same drive taken with a BMW 335i sedan at the same time, similarly equipped with automatic transmission. That car used 9 l/100 km (26 mpg) for a total of 72 l (19 gallons). One refueling stop was required. The 335d only used 48 l (12.6 gallons), delivering over 50% better fuel economy.

Since picking up the BMW 335d at the BMW Welt a little over six months ago, I continue to be amazed at how quiet the car can be, even at very high speeds. Driving the car at 220 km/h (137 mph) for extended periods of time simply reinforced this observation.

Despite the 86 kg (191 pound) weight penalty compared to the 335i sedan, BMW maintained a front-to-rear weight distribution of 51-49. Turn-in is excellent and the handling and control don’t seem to suffer at all from the additional weight.

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6 responses to “BMW 335d Six-Month Test Report and Review”

  1. Jordan says:

    i didn’t major in math but i think his fuel calculations are off. the 335d didn’t get more than 50% better fuel economy than the 335i.

    the differences here are exactly 50% looking at it this way: 6L vs 9L/100km = 50% MORE fuel used in the 335i

    or 48L vs 72L = 50% MORE fuel used in the 335i

    but if you want to say how much more fuel efficent (how much LESS fuel it burned) a vehicle is you have to look at it the opposite way: 48L / 72L = 0.6666

    1 – 0.6666 = 0.3333 or 33.3% more fuel efficient than the 335i

    that way you get the difference in fuel, divided by the bigger number, so this works too: 72L – 48L = 24L / 72L = 0.3333 = 33.3%

    the 335d used 33.3% less fuel than the 335i and the 335i used 50% more fuel than the 335d.

    both are correct statements. so you don’t save “over 50%” at the pump like the article implies!! you would only save 33.3% at the pump if you filled up, assuming diesel and the certain grade of gas used are the same price.

    it’s very easy to get caught up in the numbers and get false ideas so always be careful especially when considering the purchase of a vehicle!

    btw.. MPG is NOT linear, but L/100km is linear. MPG is so misleading! going from 15MPG to 20MPG saves just as much fuel as doubling from 30MPG to 60MPG!!

  2. badger says:

    Great car. But 50,000 for a 335d…

  3. I’d rather buy the 335i :))

  4. Perry says:

    Jordan:( 49-26)/26 = 50%. So if the decimals see included, there could be more than 50%.

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