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Our Fleet Test Drive: BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics - 11th report

Date: 02 April 2013   |   Author:

The BMW is still averaging 55.9mpg, but for one journey the trip computer read just over 75mpg

While I may have been a little premature in declaring a 60mpg average a formality in an early 320d Efficient Dynamics report, any failure is mainly due to style, type and speed of driving, rather than any fault on the part of the BMW.

We're still averaging 55.9mpg, which is pretty impressive given the size and performance of the 320d, but a trip from Sussex into Hertfordshire and back showed what we could be achieving if it weren't for those pesky urban runs, and having to share the BMW's delights with less economical drivers on the BusinessCar team. 

Over the 180-mile round trip, the only eco measures I took were not exceeding speed limits and accelerating more gently than temptation usually dictates. By the time I was home, the trip computer, which admittedly tends to come out three or four miles per gallon positive, was reading just over 75mpg. It's fair to say I'm impressed, but I'm also wondering if I've the patience to set the cruise control a little lower, just enough to stay out of the way of trucks at around 64mph, and see what economy the BMW is capable of then.

BMW 320d saloon ED
Mileage 8918
Our average consumption 55.9mpg
Forecast CPM 58.9p
Actual CPM 59.4p


  • Great efficiency/performance combination
  • Keyless start but not keyless entry