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BMW Diesel Vs. Gas: Choosing the Best Way to Fuel

March 25, 2015  |  BMW EfficientDynamics, Technology

BMW 328d Clean Diesel

Recently a wave of modern diesel engines have appeared in the U.S., smashing the image of loud, dirty, smoking cars of old that kept the fuel type so unpopular here for decades. BMWs modern diesels are clean, quiet, don’t require extended start up times, and drive like a German engineered car should.  Portlanders, always eager to adopt new technology, have embraced the alternative fuel and every new diesel model BMW debuts quickly becomes a popular seller.  But while new diesel engines don’t come with the disadvantages of those from the 70s they do offer a unique driving experience to our gas models.

Fuel economy is huge selling point of a diesel BMW. Choosing the 328d delivers highway fuel economy of 45 miles per gallon, a 23% improvement over the comparable gas 328i. Diesel fuel tends to be priced closely to premium unleaded gas so the increased efficiency could be quite a savings for BMW buyers with long daily commutes.  Both cars are low emission vehicles that score highly on the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions scale; however the diesel emits 14% less tailpipe CO2 emissions than the gas counterpart.

Performance wise all BMW offers 50/50 weight distribution and excellent handling dynamics across its entire range. Regardless of engine choice all of our cars provide a fun driving experience. Both the 328i and d have two liter twin scroll turbocharged engines with excellent throttle response and smooth power delivery. The gasoline fueled 328i produces 240 horsepower which propels it to 60 mph in a very quick 5.8 seconds. On the other hand the 328d puts out only 180 horsepower manages a 0-60 time of 7.4 seconds. The diesel car does make up for the power deficit by putting out 280 lb-ft of torque, 40 more than the gas model.  The extra force is apparent through the whole power band and gives the driver a feeling of confidence when traveling through the mountain roads of the Pacific Northwest.

Every BMW model, engine, and trim is a different take on what is the Ultimate Driving Machine so everyone will have a different take on what is right for them. Diesel engines are offered in the 3, 5, and 7 series sedans along with the X3 and X5 SAVs. The best way to experience the different models is to come in and drive each back to back. You might be surprised about which one you like best. Stop by our showroom at 10999 SW Canyon Road in Beaverton or give us a call at (503) 828-0936.

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