There’s good news for luxury diesel fans now that the EPA has released official fuel economy ratings for the 2014 BMW 328d.
The rear-wheel drive 328d is supposed to return 32 mpg in the city, 45 on the highway or a combined 37 mpg. Adding all-wheel drive to the 2.0-liter turbo diesel powertrain reduces those numbers slightly to 31 in the city, 43 on the highway or 35 mpg overall.
Previously, BMW tried marketing a diesel version of its 3 Series with the 335d, which it sold in this market from 2006 to 2011. That car favored performance rather than efficiency and struggled to find traction because of its high cost.
The car’s fuel economy rating slots it right beside other efficient compact diesels like the Volkswagen Jetta and Chevrolet Cruze. Chevrolet’s new fuel-sipping sedan is rated at 46 mpg on the highway whereas the Jetta is stamped to get 42.
But the Bimmer doesn’t compete with either of those cars, which means it’s actually left alone in the U.S. market. Neither Mercedes nor Audi offer diesel versions of the C-Class or A4 to American buyers.
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