TheDieselDriver: Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – The Road to Hamburg

3-Series | October 19th, 2010 by 5
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TheDieselDriver has recently spent some time with the highly super efficient BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition model. The same very model has been the star of …

TheDieselDriver has recently spent some time with the highly super efficient BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition model. The same very model has been the star of another review conducted by the UK newspaper Sunday Times in which the car scored a record-breaking journey from the UK to Munich and almost back to Britain with a BMW 320d EfficientDynamics saloon on a single tank of fuel.

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.

Here is an excerpt of the review from TheDieselDriver:

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We started via the Richard-Strauss-Straße, named after the famous German musician of the twentieth century, and continued towards the Autobahn A9, in the direction of Nürnberg. Unfortunately, we drove directly into a traffic jam on the Mittlerer Ring B2R, a ring road in Munich. But this stop-and-go traffic gave the BMW 320d the opportunity to show its fuel saving ability with the Auto Start Stop feature, that automatically switches off the engine when the car is standing still (such as in traffic). It restarts the engine automatically as soon as the driver touches the clutch pedal.

About ten minutes later, we reached the A9, which was the first of four Autobahnen we would take on the drive to Hamburg. The A9 (known as the A3 until a new Autobahn numbering scheme was implemented in 1974) is one of the oldest highways in Germany and connects Munich to Berlin, with a total length of 524 km (326 miles).

We had used 4.3 l/100 km (54.7 mpg) during the 297 km drive and from the Rasthof Gramschatzer Wald we had exactly 500 km (311 miles) until we would reach our final destination in Hamburg.

After the break, we continued on the A7. After passing the first of three construction sites, we reached Schweinfurt and soon left the Free State of Bavaria (Freistaat Bayern). While driving in construction areas on the German Autobahn, the speed limit is limited to 80 km/h (50 mph). This speed may also explain the slight improvement in our fuel consumption, which we noticed at our next stop in Göttingen. The 320d’s trip computer reported a drop to 4.2 l/100 km (56 mpg).

Full review

5 responses to “TheDieselDriver: Driving the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition – The Road to Hamburg”

  1. Andrew says:

    Awesome. I have a 123d coupe with 204hp and 400Nm of torque and I can also drive under 5l/100kms. Yet it will do 0-100kph in 7 seconds and has a top speed of 250kph.

  2. Laszlo says:

    time for BMWNA to recognize these awesome diesel engines and bring the cars with them. The x35D is a great one but not exactly what you call a super-gas-saving engine. I drove the butt ugly E60 520d of 2008 and what a cracking piece of machine. We averaged something like 40mpg and we were driving the crap out of that machine.
    The best tool for this was the 6spd manual transmission, we did have to change the gears quite often to be always in the sweet spot of the torque band. 1800-3800rpm is where we felt the engine was at its peak element, as torque was sharply dropping over 4000rpm and there was not much guts under 1500-1600rpm.
    the new 320d supposed to have a wider power-band and more of the power throughout the range.

    I think the reason BMW does not bring these cars to the US is that they would not sell any x28 ever again.

    Legislators would kill BMW in a heartbeat, as the oil companies would loose their big money. All BMWs would sip the diesel fuel and no more million gallon a minute sell in the US…. would hardly be any good. Half the oil companies would close with a loss and gas stations would be empty (600+ miles range on the cars).
    Imagine all the lost businesses and fired employees, nah, this would be bad.
    Lets bring more of the Hummer H2 and put a V8 Hemi into a Dodge Nitro, Update the small V8’s (6.2liter engine can only be called small in america) and drop a big block into most everything from a Chevy Cobalt to Equinox.
    If we get 20mpg on the highway we call it a victory as we used to get 17mpg so its a big achievement, over 16% ..

  3. Roger says:

    Laszlo is my new hero. My 325i was involved in an accident a few months ago, and they rented me a Ford Escape with a flex-fuel engine that could burn E85. I totally geeked out and started researching the benefits of ethanol engines, and as a result started driving 30 miles round-trip to my closest ethanol fuel dealer. I took the car to Southern Califonia, and I took SR-99 instead of I-5 so we could stop at the only E85 seller on the way. I want to support alternative fuels as much as I can, and I think the more we all support these industries the more companies will listen to us. We have a voice that speaks louder than we can scream — it’s our wallets.

  4. Laszlo says:

    E85 is great but there is a bit of a controversy on that as well. E85 is mostly made from corn in the US. It could be made from any plant but corn as a source is a good one, the volume you gain is more then from other plants.
    The trouble of course started soon after the first few hundred gas station opened up. The more they promote this, the more corn the fuel industry needs. So they (the fuel companies) raised the price on the corn in order to get more. They paid more for the corn then the food manufacturers did. This of course caused a shortage in corn and thus the food companies started importing corn. From china. You see where it is headed ? Well, the Chinese corn was cheap, in fact cheaper then the us corn. Sure not as good but cheap. So we had the good corn turned into alcohol for our cars and we ate the bad corn.
    Then the corn price went up because china thought the corn was a hot commodity. Then the government stepped in and regulated the purchase price of the corn for gasoline/alcohol. Then they give the companies millions of dollars to help them to make it since its cleaner and more earth friendly.
    so this is the trouble, greed and stupidity ruins most good ideas. E85 or alcohol can be made from any fruit, veggie, plant. The refinery can process anything but the turn-out is not always the same quality.
    In South America alcohol is a primary fuel since the late 70’s. They have the jungle with all the plants and therefore they make their own alcohol and not buy too much gas.

  5. JakeM says:




    Why can’t we have this in the US? I’d be the first to sign up for one. The fuel economy is amazing and the performance is completely satisfactory to my personal needs. I can still have a fun in a “slower” car provided it drives like a BMW. And this car does just that.

    And most people in my neck of the woods who have a BMW never, ever use all the power their BMWs offer. This car would be PERFECT for the US!

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