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BMW launches frugal new 320d ED Sport models

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As part of its 3 Series range update, BMW introduced a new super-economical 74.3mpg 3 Series earlier this year. Now, however, BMW is offering this most frugal engine in sharply-styled Sport trim, which adds extra kit inside and out for a small economy penalty. 

Though this model no longer sneaks into the free annual car tax band as the standard 320d ED does, buyers will have to pay only £20 per year to tax saloon models, courtesy of claimed emissions figures of 104g/km for the automatic and 108g/km for the manual. Paired with these impressively low CO2 figures are strong fuel economy figures of 70.6mpg for the eight-speed automatic model and 68.9mpg for the manual.

Touring estate models, on the other hand, will cost buyers £30 to tax, with emissions weighing in at 111g/km for the automatic and 114g/km for the manual. Fuel economy stands at 67.3mpg and 65.7mpg respectively. 

Despite these economy figures, the new 320d ED Sport cars maintain BMW’s reputation for producing speedy, sharp-handling machines with the saloon requiring less than eight seconds to sprint from a standstill to 62mph and the slowest version – the manual estate – requiring a still nippy 8.2 seconds to complete the benchmark sprint. 

These new Sport models are available from £30,205 for the saloon with the standard manual gearbox and £31,505 for the Touring estate. For a £500 premium over the basic 320d ED, buyers receive extras such as tweaked exterior styling and 17-inch alloy wheels, while the interior sees the addition of sat nav, leather upholstery with heated front seats and a sports steering wheel.

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