2014 BMW 328d xDrive Long Term Review by

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Diesel cars are still some sort of exotics on the North American continent, even though in Europe they are the most popular option, by far. However, Americans are starting to get the advantages of the compression way of life and diesels are starting to break sales records.
In the BMW corner, the 3 Series, the most popular model in the US, has the 328d version, ready to take on its rivals. The same car is used in Canada to make diesels more popular and the guys from just published a long term review of it.

Compared to the petrol variant (the 320i), the 328d has the same power output (184 HP) but more torque (280 lb-ft) whilst the engine noise makes itself known from the first moment. That shouldn’t come as a surprise but you should know that the difference isn’t all that big and that the engineers from Munich worked really hard to make the diesel a lot quieter than before.

Actually, the most noise you’ll notice is around town at stop and go situations. On the highway, the 328d is rather quiet, reduced to a humming that will remind you that your car is taking up just 6.6 liters of diesel per 100 km (35.6 mpg). At least that’s what the guys from read on their test vehicle.

Onboard, the materials are top notch and the finishing is worthy of BMW’s roundel. The 8-speed gearbox works flawlessly and the onboard iDrive system with all its Traffic Info and Concierge systems make it very easy to live with this car (more details in the complete test).

The test is still marked as ongoing, so we won’t offer any kind of conclusions at the moment but so far things are looking good and we’ll keep you posted on how thing evolve.

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