BMW 116d ED Plus
• For maximum eco, BMW has junked its diesel four and ftted the 116d ED Plus with the little three-cylinder turbo from the Mini D. Result? 83.1mpg and 89g/km.
• Manual sixspeeder is the only ’box offered. Long, springy throw is offset by easy clutch and auto revmatch, which helps keep things smooth.
• Drives like a 1-Series, which is fine by us. Bit clattery through first and second, but beyond that, smooth, quiet and willing enough to rev.
• £300 more buys you a 118d, which is two whole seconds quicker to 62mph and in the real world, probably just as economical. Not road tax exempt, however...
Engine 1496cc, 3cyl, RWD, 114bhp, 199lb ft
Performance 83.1mpg, 89g/km CO2, 0–62mph in 10.4secs, 121mph Weight 1395kg Price £22,560