BMW 3-SE­RIES

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FEATURES -

It is: Mid-life re­vi­sion for the cur­rent saloon, coupé, con­vert­ible and es­tate, with gen­tle tweaks to the front and rear, most vis­i­ble at night when the lights have dif­fer­ent LED pat­terns. The wide en­gine choice in­cludes a 320d mo­tor which is im­proved to give 184ps, 062mph in 7.5 sec­onds, 60.1mpg and 125g/km CO2. The 325d is now rated at 204ps with 0-62 in 6.9 sec­onds, 49.6mpg and 151g/km. The 335i petrol en­gine now pro­duces 306ps, for 0-62mph in 5.6 sec­onds, 33.6 mpg and 196g/km. Prices for the saloon open at £22,155 for the 318i ES.

Head­liner: The 2-litre 320d ED is de-tuned to 163ps (160.7bhp) but with no drop in torque to bring a com­bined av­er­age of 68.9mpg, 109g/km CO2 and 0-62 in eight sec­onds. Ur­ban con­sump­tion is 56.5mpg and the ex­tra-ur­ban is 78.5mpg. This in a fully equipped car 178 inches long, weigh­ing 1495kg is a tes­ta­ment to its me­chan­i­cal ef­fi­ciency.

Price: £27,245, also buys the 320d SE.

Ef­fi­cient Dy­nam­ics: Brak­ing en­ergy is re­gen­er­ated to charge the bat­tery. There are lighter com­po­nents (wheels and an alu­minium front sus­pen­sion), re­duced en­gine fric­tion, 16 inch aero­dy­namic wheels, low rolling re­sis­tance Miche­lin tyres, 15mm re­duc­tion in ride height to help aero­dy­nam­ics reach a drag fac­tor of 0.27. There is a dual mass fly­wheel with a cen­trifu­gal pen­du­lum ab­sorber to coun­ter­act ro­ta­tional im­bal­ance at low speed. This per­mits a longer fi­nal drive so that the driver can feel happy be­ing in a higher gear at lower en­gine speed, achiev­ing a gain in mpg.

More: 0800 0836 464.

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