2015 BMW 328d xDrive Powerful




2015 BMW 328d xDrive  2015 BMW 328d xDrive


2015 BMW 328d xDrive As I touched on earlier, a lot of the 328d xDrive’s charm comes from the fact it isn’t one of those ubiquitous SUVs, which means crisper handling and a more connected feeling with the road, regardless of conditions. True, the 3 Series isn’t the lightweight Euro-sedan it once was — and the tester does tip the scales at 1,642 kilograms — but, then again, all cars are heavier these days, more so those with an all-wheel drivetrain.

As is typical of 2015 BMW 328d xDrive , the 328d cabin layout is all about function over luxury; and the tester was blessedly circumspect with the option list. The one primary addition included — the $1,500 Sport Line — did offer a splash of colour and comfort courtesy of the bright and cheerful coral red leather sport seats, 2015 BMW 328d xDrive door and dash trim, along with other shiny trim bits. The rest of the car is logical, with the various gauges, buttons and controller all in their proper places. The front seats are comfortable and their three-setting heat function were a godsend during the cold snap. The rear seats are also comfortable, at least for those of more average dimensions.

Here’s the 2015 BMW 328d xDrive uptake, at least for me: From a number-crunching point of view, it’s next to impossible to justify the cost of the 328d versus, say, the cost of the gas-powered 320i. So choosing the turbodiesel engine is very much a personal decision, much like it is for those who choose hybrids for fuel efficiency. But, if you do want greater fuel economy and four-season all-wheel-drive traction in an agile and fun-to-drive higher-end sedan (and not a sport-ute), the 328d bears a look (as would an Audi A3 2.0 TDI). A heated garage would be a decided plus, though.

The 328d, like the gas-powered models, comes with an eight-speed manumatic transmission as well as the Driving Experience Control switch, which offers Eco Pro, Comfort (the default mode), Sport and Sport+ options. In the latter two, the sedan displays surprisingly peppy scoot when given a prod, while Eco Pro (along with the auto stop/start function) stretches out driving range, albeit at the expense of acceleration. Most of the time I found Comfort to be the optimum balance between sport and economy.

Now, substitute a turbodiesel for the gas-powered turbo four or turbo six-cylinder gas engine that’s the normal motive power for a 3 Series. How very European! Not a lot of horses but beaucoup torque, perfect for long drives at cruising speeds — and fabulous fuel economy, especially if you don’t have to fight your way through rush-hour congestion on a day-to-day basis. For a guy like me, who doesn’t have to go into “the city” on a regular basis, I’m in hog heaven. 2015 BMW 328d xDriveWhat could possibly upset this perfect combination? Oh, yeah, the freakin’ price of diesel versus gasoline at the pumps! It’s positively criminal, I tell ya!

And that’s the rub — at least for now. At 13 cents a litre more than 87 octane (at the time I drove the car), who’s going to pony up the extra cash for a diesel engine only to get mugged at the pumps every time the robust 2.0-litre turbo four needs a refuel? (Comparing BMWs, the cheapest gas-powered AWD 3 Series — the 320i xDrive — is $39,990 versus the 328d xDrive’s $48,000. The 2015 BMW 328d xDrive  requires at least 89 octane, though).

No, it’s not a great time for any automaker to be pushing diesel engines, which is a shame considering their far greater driving range and low-end grunt. And it’s not as though the BMW 3 Series suffers a great loss in its sportiness for being diesel powered, beyond the distinct and growly sound of the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit (mostly when starting up cold and when it’s under load, 2015 BMW 328d xDrive far less at a steady speed).


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