New BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Sport trim
BMW releases new EfficientDynamics Sport trim – mixes efficient diesel engine with more equipment and desirable upgrades
The BMW 3 Series is one of the highest rated cars on carwow with its 9.4 wowscore. This ever-popular model has been a massive success for the brand so, to push it towards an ever wider audience, it’s introduced a new Sport version of the EfficientDynamics trim.
This version offers the same smooth, powerful and efficient drivetrain as the regular EfficientDynamics Plus but with a host of added equipment to tempt customers. It’s offered in manual or automatic guises and in saloon or estate bodystyles.
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On top of the equipment offered on the EfficientDynamics Plus, the Sport gets leather upholstery, a sports steering wheel, special interior trim elements, and heated front sports seats. Like every new BMW sold in the UK, it gets sat nav as standard.
BMW claims the car offers £840 worth of extra equipment for only a £500 increase in price. It also claims that, thanks to £350 increase in residual values, the extra cost will be mostly covered when you come to sell it on.
Some testers noted the standard EfficientDynamics Plus doesn’t handle as well as a normal 3 Series because its low-rolling resistance tyres dull steering inputs. BMW offers the option of 18 or 19-inch wheels which should sharpen handling for more enthusiastic drivers.
Same efficient engine
Despite its ‘Sport’ title, the EfficientDynamics Sport is no less economical than its Plus counterpart. Saloon versions with the six-speed manual return 68.9mpg on average, dropping to 65.7 for the estate. Fitting the highly recommended eight-speed automatic gearbox improves these figures to 70.6 and 67.3mpg respectively.
CO2 outputs put the saloon into band B for road tax and the estate into band C. This means business buyers only pay 19 per cent company car tax for the saloon and 20 for the estate. It’s still quick, despite its efficiency, with the automatic saloon hitting 62mph from rest in just 7.8 seconds.
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