As engines downsize in response to increased specific output, BMW has moved its 3 Series diesel to a 2.0L four-banger. It can’t be as smooth as a six—and it isn’t—but it is more efficient. Furthermore, feeling the heat from the 40-mpg-on-the-highway competition, BMW has tuned the 3 Series diesel somewhat away from “sport” and more to “econo.” The result is a ride with decent punch and commendable range, but those looking to replicate BMW’s “Ultimate Driving Machine” mantra in diesel might be wanting a little more. Still, 7 seconds to 60 mph is plenty quick in the real world, proven by numerous favorable comments in long-term tests.
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