In January, BMW announced the launching of a new model within the 1 Series line: BMW 116d, the most efficient BMW vehicle. Available in both three- and five-door, the BMW 116d is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder diesel engine outputting 116 horsepower and 260Nm of torque from 1,750rmp.

Despite the small engine, the 116d runs from 0-62 in 10.2 seconds.


The 116d was courageously placed by BMW underneath the World Green Car Of The Year, the BMW 118d. Since unfortunately we’re based in the U.S., we won’t have chance to drive the 116d until our next European trip in September, but the fellows at Autocar UK are here to deliver a review of this “green car”.

The BMW 116d is significant, because BMW doesn’t dress up a couple of models with a catchy name like EcoMagic and sell them at a premium. Under its Efficient Dynamics programme, BMW has a range of technologies that can be used where best appropriate.

For example the BMW 116d is fitted with an electric water pump, but not automatic grille vanes because closing off air to the intercooler is counterproductive; whereas being able to control the flow rate of the water pump is helpful.

The 116d is also fitted with electric power steering, stop-start, and low rolling resistance front tyres.

What’s it like?

I managed 47.8mpg driving as one normally would on empty and impressive country roads, which is some way short of BMW’s claimed combined figure, but perfectly respectable for everyday-brisk driving.

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