Review: 2012 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition

3-Series | January 24th, 2012 by 11
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Diesel-centric website The Diesel Driver brings us the first test drive review of the new F30 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics. Available only to European customers, the …

Diesel-centric website The Diesel Driver brings us the first test drive review of the new F30 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics. Available only to European customers, the 320d ED is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder diesel engine with common rail direct fuel injection and variable intake geometry.

Let’s see an excerpt from their review:

“At the end of the year, I had the opportunity to test drive a pre-production type of the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition. The only difference between a pre-production model and a standard model is the higher amount of manual labor performed by employees instead of robots.

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Since I was only had time to drive the car for about 50 km (31 miles,) the driving experience was somewhat limited. But what I saw in terms of fuel consumption, ride comfort, and handling was very promising indeed.

After a drive on the Autobahn for 20 km (12.4 miles), where the 320d showed excellent pulling power, I switched onto a country road for the last 30 km (18.6 miles). After I left the Autobahn, I immediately changed the driving mode to ECO PRO (a new high-efficiency mode) for maximum fuel economy.


To increase the fuel economy of the BMW 320d to a maximum, the EfficientDynamics Edition saw a reduction in power from 184 hp (135 kW) to 163 hp (120 kW). Furthermore a centrifugal pendulum absorber was integrated in the dual-mass flywheel of the engine and makes it possible to drive the BMW 320d EDE without any bucking around 1,000 rpm. Combined with additional fuel saving options, such as Energy Saver tires with reduced rolling resistance, the EDE model can go up to 1,375 km (855 miles) with the 57 liter (15 gallon) fuel tank. The fuel economy is 4.1 l/100 km (57 mpg).”

Full review at The Diesel Driver

11 responses to “Review: 2012 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition”

  1. Guest says:

    Excellent! Now bring it over to the States.

  2. omar says:

    komme grade aus der bmw welt und hab extra nochmal nachm preis fürs mpaket gefragt wies aussieht, die nette dame meinte was sie mitbekommen hat wirds um die 100-200€ mehr kosten als beim e90, mehr will sich da bmw nicht leisten.

  3. Matthew Bacon says:

    is a car worth talking about. I need something a little bigger due to work
    constraints but in an ideal world that would be a nice car to own. I’m also a
    big fan of the Vauxhall Insignia (which suits my needs perfectly). The Sports
    Tourer looks great and is every bit as stylish as an Audi or a Mercedes. Im
    sure its a little costly to purchase straight out but I think I could do it
    using something like Insignia
    for low monthly payments rather than one big cost

  4. Anonymous says:

    Make it the 325d and it could truly succeed in America, especially in the 1 series and X1 (if they ever release it).

    • LaMa says:

      yes, the 320d is not for the US. ever. its lethargic and although its cheap to run it, its really slow. For a little more money and loosing a few  mpg a 325d is a much better choice. I recently drove a 2012 525d and what a car ! Even that large body was quick and entertaining and got 48mpg on the highway. I also pushed it despite the bad weather.
       x25d is a best choice for now…

      • Limpet says:

        0-62 in 8 secs and 143 mph is hardly lethargic or “really slow” in the context of a family car.

      • Nspooty says:

        VW’s 2.0 TDI is pretty much dominating the passenger car diesel market.  I see more and more A3 TDIs where I am.  Actually, the A3/Jetta/Jetta Sportswagen/and Golf  TDI models are pretty much on back-order and hard to find in CA.

        I’m looking to switch to VW/Audi from BMW if they don’t bring over some of their more efficient engines.  My officemate too… we’re both looking at ditching our 335s for A3 TDIs.

        • Nspooty says:

           Oops.  Missed my point… which is, the VW/Audi 2.0 TDI is slow as nails and it’s doing really really well in the states.

          the 320d is faster with equivalent or better MPG.  BMW is missing out on a growing US market and falling behind VW/Audi.

  5. I. Sherman says:

    I really do not understand the reluctance of BMW in bringing these great diesel engines to North America. They will sell like hotcakes , especially 320d and 525d. Come on guys, let’s get them here!

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