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335d xDrive Step Auto
The quickest diesel model offers effortless grunt and amazing straight-line performance. Six-cylinder engine is both smooth and efficient, considering the performance it offers. Comes as standard with the excellent automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive system.
330d Step Auto
Uses a six-cylinder in-line diesel engine delivering fantastically rorty mid-range performance but also good real-world fuel economy. Canโ€™t quite match the refinement of some of its rivals but comes as standard with the excellent automatic gearbox and can be specified with four-wheel drive. Fast enough to hassle plenty of sports cars and makes the even more muscular 335d seem unnecessary.
Our pick
Our favourite engine in the range. Offers almost as much performance as the standard 320d but with improved fuel economy and low emissions โ€“ thatโ€™s good news for both private and business users. Shame itโ€™s not a bit more refined, though. Four-wheel drive is not available.
Not as smooth as the equivalent Audi A4 diesel, but offers great performance and fuel economy. If you want to maximise emissions and fuel economy weโ€™d recommend the ED version; go for the optional automatic gearbox to make it a great car to drive in any situation. Also good when fitted with the four-wheel drive system.
While the 318i petrol is a three-cylinder, this 318d diesel has four, so it feels stronger. However, we&#39;d pay the small extra for the 320d ED, which is just as frugal yet offers more performance.
In theory, this is one of the most economical engines in the range, but it feels slightly underpowered in a car of this size. Weโ€™d recommend avoiding it and going for the more powerful diesels instead, which deliver better real-world fuel economy.
340i Step Auto
Ultra-smooth six-cylinder engine is very relaxing to drive. An excess of power makes it a great cruiser but also very quick when driven hard. Itโ€™s only available with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, but isnโ€™t available with four-wheel drive.
Despite the badging, it still uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Gives good performance with a decent spread of torque throughout its rev range, providing effortless progress combined with comparatively reasonable fuel consumption if driven carefully. Works best when matched with the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Not available with four-wheel drive.
Relatively smooth engine that delivers reasonable low-rev shove. Performance is brisk when you rev it hard, but this takes its toll on fuel consumption. The eight-speed automatic transmission shows this engine at its best.
Relatively smooth for a three-cylinder petrol, but needs to be revved hard to prevent it from stalling when starting off. Delivers adequate rather than brisk performance when worked hard, but fuel consumption suffers as a result.

Miles per gallon

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36.7-62.8 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

119-174 g/km

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1500 litres

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