BMW has newly introduced the 320d ED Sport, an even sportier version of the ED Plus model (one of the EfficientDynamic models of the 3 Series). The ED Sport offers the top-of-the-class fuel efficiency of the 320d ED engine as well as has the sporting design features of Sport trim.
This new model is equipped with the new 2.0-litre engine and comes with either a six-speed manual or the best-in-its-class eight-speed automatic. That is how this new model is able to offer a performance that’s effortless and to boast improved fuel economy and lower emissions.
Because of the wide range of EfficientDynamics technologies, the new BMW 320d ED Sport boasts CO2 emissions of only 104g/km. The manual version has only 108g/km of CO2 emissions. It offers a combined fuel consumption of 70.6mpg, earning it the title of the most frugal and cleanest sports model in the 3 Series lineup.
Among the technologies that have been added to this model are Active Air Flaps built into the kidney grill as well as lowered suspension that both boost aerodynamics as well as its overall performance and efficiency.
Because of all these characteristics, the 320d ED Sport Saloon can qualify as a VED Band B and the Touring model can be in the VED Band C that come with a Benefit in Kind (BIK) taxation rate of just 19 and 20%, respectively (Automatic: 19 and 20%).
The fuel economy may be impressive but it has no impact on its performance. The 2.0-litre diesel engine can generate an output of 163hp, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in 7.8 seconds and to reach a top speed of 143mph.
An added benefit to those who get the 320d ED Sport is the lower cost of ownership due to the £350 increase in residual value of the vehicle when compared to the ED Plus. This means that owners get the added sporting style and improved specs of the ED Sport for only £3 higher than the price of the ED Plus model.
The 320 ED Sport has an OTR price of £30,205 and is equipped with more standard features and has an even wider range of personalization choices. The ED Sport rides on a set of 17-inch light-alloy wheels as standard. It also gets Business Navigation, an assortment of Dakota leather upholsteries, Sports steering wheel, unique trim finishers and Heated Sports Front Seats.
This adds up to £840 of standard equipment but it only costs £500 higher than the ED Plus model. There are more options available for this model. These include a variety of 18-inch or 19-inch wheels and a lineup of technologies that are also offered for the rest of the 3 Series lineup.