BMW 116d ED Plus

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• 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

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