- New for 2014
- Four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine; returns up to 45 mpg/highway
- Available on both sedan and wagon models
Exciting developments come to BMW’s iconic 3-series in 2014, one of which is the introduction of a new diesel model, the 328d.
The new 328d brings diesel efficiency to the 3-series lineup and is powered by a 180-hp, turbo-diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder which makes 280 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to the same eight-speed automatic found in the 328i and comes with rear-wheel drive standard (all-wheel drive is optional).
Fuel economy is predictably high. In fact, the 328d not only outpaces the rest of the luxury sport sedan segment, it also beats compact diesels like the Jetta TDI and the Golf. With rear-wheel drive, the 328d returns 32/45 mpg city/highway, lofty numbers for a car that produces so much power and remains engaging to drive.
The diesel is offered in both the sedan and wagon bodystyles. There are no more coupes in the 3-series, BMW broke out the two-door versions (coupe/convertible) into the all-new 4-series.
Outside, the 328d doesn’t offer much to distinguish itself from regular gasoline 3-series models. The 3-series as a whole is now two years out from a redesign that was more of an adaptation than a departure from the previous version. 2014’s version appears identical to previous years. There are minor differences in small cosmetic pieces across trim levels, with an M-sport appearance package optional that adds slightly more aggressive body work. Xenon headlights and 17-inch wheels are standard, with automatic high beams, 18- and 19-inch wheels, and a power moonroof also available.
Inside, the BMW 328d offers a highly customizable interior that offers sporty seats and plenty of luxury features. BMW’s iDrive system is standard, as are push button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD radio, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen in the center console. Powered front seats, leather upholstery, headed front and rear seats, navigation system, and a Harman Kardon surround sound stereo are optional. The M Sport package we mentioned earlier also adds a few interior touches including a different steering wheel and M badges sprinkled throughout the cabin.
Safety features on the 328d include stability and traction control, antilock brakes with emergency braking assist, and active head restraints. Eight airbags are standard, including front, front-side impact, driver and passenger knee, and side-curtains. The IIHS named the 3-Series sedan a Top Safety Pick.