BMW 335d 18-Month Report and Review

3-Series | June 4th, 2011 by 18
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The Diesel Driver delivers their 18-month report on the BMW 335d. “While the unusually snowy winter in New York resulted in the cancellation of several …

The Diesel Driver delivers their 18-month report on the BMW 335d.

“While the unusually snowy winter in New York resulted in the cancellation of several longer driving trips, the 335d did quite well in the snow, thanks in part to the Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero winter performance tires. In a 12-month period, the 335d drove to Lindau, Berchtesgaden, Roßfeld, and Graz before being shipped to the U.S. More recenty, it’s been to Philadelphia, the Poconos, and New England. It even made it to Lime Rock Park’s track.

Few if any passengers have guessed it’s a diesel although many have commented on the car’s power. The 425 pound-feet of torque is not only fun but has come in handy many times over.

bmw 335d 655x434 BMW 335d 18 Month Report and ReviewWhat’s more significant is the car’s fuel economy. On highway trips, we continued to see excellent results. Across all such trips, the car achieved 6.5 l/100 km (36.18 mpg). In more local driving, which is all the 335d has done since the onset of winter, the figures were 9.0 l/100 km (26.13 mpg). (The EPA rating is 23 mpg city/36 mpg highway and the equivalent petrol model, the BMW 335i, is rated at 17 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. This means that the 335d uses 5 l/100 km LESS in city driving, which translates to 35% better fuel economy. The 335d also uses 1.9 l /100 km less in highway driving, which is 22% better than the 335i.)

The best sustained fuel economy we’ve recorded was 40 mpg (5.9 l/100 km), although we’ve seen as high as 42 mpg (5.6 l/100 km) for brief periods of time. On a drive from Philadelphia to New York, the 335d used 6.0 l/100 km (39.2 mpg) with an average speed of 65 mph (105 km/h).

In the 18 months since taking delivery, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, oil prices have climbed from roughly $69 per barrel on the spot market to as much as $115 in April of this year. The price is currently $99 per barrel.”

Full review at The Diesel Driver

  • Green38782

    Please make the post about the new 1-Series so that we can make fun of how hideous it looks…

    • Horatiu

      Can’t. We’re under embargo, and unfortunately, have to follow the rules. Most likely in a few hours we can give you all the info we have had for over a week now.

      • Green38782

        Oh, interesting.  I guess all the other sites just ignored the embargo :)  Looking forward to it…

      • Green38782

        Oh, interesting.  I guess all the other sites just ignored the embargo :)  Looking forward to it…

  • Green38782

    Please make the post about the new 1-Series so that we can make fun of how hideous it looks…

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  • Manny Antunes

    Diesel FTW!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/johnfschneider John Schneider

    Your first two reviews motivated me to check out the 335d after initially just being curious. I’ve now had mine for almost three months and readily admit that of all the BMWs I have owned (9 total including M3s and an M Coupe) that for city driving and for long hauls the 335d kicks serious ass and is an absolute favorite. I love the way it sounds, I love the way it pulls when I punch it and I love the mileage I’m getting (averaging 29mpg in commute and heavy city driving). Full on win. 

    • 325xi

      I wish it were available with XDrive in North America.

      • Guest

        It’s nowhere available with x drive.

      • Guest

        It’s nowhere available with x drive.

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