2014 BMW 328d xDrive Review by Car and Driver

3 Series | December 7th, 2013 by 0
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Car and Driver reviews the 2014 BMW 328d xDrive. BMW’s first four-cylinder diesel for the U.S. market, BMW 328d, is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel unit producing 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, propelling the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.2 seconds.

For 2014, BMW will offer the 328d with optional xDrive all-wheel drive, though that reduces the fuel economy numbers to 31/43 mpg. Beyond that, the BMW will even sell you a 328d xDrive wagon, which nets the same 31/43 mpg rating.

Here is an excerpt from their review:

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Old Man Torque

But the 328d doesn’t feel slow. The 328d’s ample low-rpm torque (280 lb-ft at just 1750 rpm) and strong part-throttle response are suited to the way most people drive, well, 99.99999 percent of the time. The diesel’s twin-scroll turbo delivers fairly seamless response, the only discernable lag being a half-second interlude occurring if you hammer the accelerator from rest. Other than that, be prepared to let Old Man Torque and his many pound-feet kick you down the road. Diesels love highway miles, and once freeway velocity is attained, this turbo’d oil burner maintains momentum with dogged determination and minimal effort.

The 328d holds up the Ultimate Driving Machine end of the bargain, too. Despite the added diesel plumbing and urea after-treatment system, the 328d still adheres to BMW’s vaunted front/rear weight balance, with 50.7 percent of its 3660 pounds assigned to the front axle. The 328d’s steering is as obedient (if also as overboosted), its damping as nuanced, and brakes as confidence-inspiring as those of any gas-fired 3-series. And its 225/45-18 run-flats deliver about as much lateral grip (0.88 g) as we recorded from the ATS. There is a low-frequency thrum from the bowels of the engine room that can be heard and felt in the steering wheel, floor, and seat whenever the diesel is lit, especially when accelerating or climbing a grade. That’s nothing we haven’t experienced or felt in every other diesel we’ve driven, but it’s not the sweet baritone of BMW’s legendary inline-six, now limited to the 335i.

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