We like diesel-powered vehicles. A lot. Okay, a little more than a lot.
BMW is giving us plenty of reason to like them even more with the 2014 BMW 328d, which achieves a whopping 32 mpg city/45 mpg highway/37 combined in EPA testing. Powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 with 181 horsepower and a stump-pulling 280 pound-feet of torque, the new sedan is able to zoom from 0 to 60 in just over 7 seconds.
Power is routed through the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. But for those who live in colder climates, xDrive all-wheel drive is also offered. Unfortunately, it does cut into those miserly fuel economy figures, though, bringing them down to 31 mpg city/43 mpg highway/35 mpg combined. The 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, which only comes with all-wheel drive, achieves the same numbers as its sedan counterpart.
The 2014 BMW 328d is the first diesel-powered compact luxury sedan to make a comeback in the U.S. since the previous 3 Series’ 335d was let go. It starts at $39,525, including $925 for destination and handling, and $2,000 more for all-wheel drive; the wagon opens up at $43,875.
Soon, however, Audi has announced that its A4 model will receive a diesel option, and Mercedes-Benz is toying with the idea for its 2015 C-Class. Rumors persist that the Cadillac ATS could get the 2.0-liter diesel engine from the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD, but the engine may be exclusively sold in overseas markets.
With the rising popular in oil-burners, especially with Volkswagen’s rampant diesel-powered success in the U.S., BMW may be ahead of the curve with it comes to miserly luxury. Next up for the Bavarian automaker will be its 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine when it arrives this fall.