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BMW 330d

Broadcast date : 3rd September 2006

While the BMW 330d was launched a few months back, the arrival of the specially-equipped diesel gave us an opportunity to savour everything thatís good about BMWs.

The 3 Series is a little woolly in the steering department at higher speeds, but the overall feeling of poise is stupendous.

This feeling extends to the styling once youíve parked the car and stepped back to admire it. And the recent diesel launch saw the addition of some eye-catching goodies.

While BMW has yet to set the Formula one circuit alive, in the small-to-medium sedan category it has no peers, as far as excitement goes.

The clean architectural interior is growing on us, and being a top-range model, itís superbly equipped. In the go department, we were wondering whether the diesel version would still cut it as a hot street machine.

While the turbo is almost lag-free, itís a rather busy commuter car, and we preferred its country mannerisms.

Driving the BMW 330d around town you will still use close to 10 litres per hundred kilometres, simply because climbing on that turbo-diesel power band-wagon is so addictive.

At highway speeds you are looking at between 5,5 and 6 litres per hundred. This is fantastic economy considering that this, the most powerful diesel ever in a 3 Series, manages a sub-seven-second 0-100 time.

BMW 330d
  • Engine: In-line six-cylinder petrol, 2 993 cc
  • Power: 160 kW @ 4 000 rpm
  • Torque: 480 Nm @ 1 750 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 8,6 seconds (claimed)
  • Top speed: 245 km/h (claimed)
  • Fuel consumption: 8,7 litres/100 km
  • Price: R365 000

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