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Exploring BMW’s Three Diesel-Capable Vehicle

There are a number of reasons why car buyers may pursue a vehicle with a diesel engine. These motors have proven more efficient than their gas counterparts, and they also require much less maintenance and repairs.

If you’re someone who may be pursuing a vehicle with a diesel engine, then you shouldn’t ignore BMW’s crop of diesel-capable rides. Below, you’ll see which of the brand’s three vehicle offerings will fit your needs, and you’ll be able to determine your target before you head into a BMW dealership…

3 Series Sedan

This (relatively) inexpensive BMW sedan can be equipped with one of five different engine options. While each of these units provides an impressive combination of power specs and fuel-saving technologies, none of the offerings hold a candle to the incredible diesel engine.

The 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo Diesel engine can crank out all of the power a driver could possibly want at 180 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. Thanks to all of this muscle (and the presence of the eight-speed automatic transmission), drivers can also anticipate a zero-to-60 time of just over seven seconds.

Of course, as we mentioned, the brand also offers a number of alternative engine options, including:

  • 320i 2.0-liter engine: 180 horsepower, 200 feet-pounds of torque
  • 330i 2.0-liter engine: 248 horsepower, 258 pounds-feet of torque
  • 330e 2.0-liter engine: 248 horsepower, 310 pounds-feet of torque
  • 340i 3.0-liter engine: 320 horsepower, 330 pounds-feet of torque

3 Series Sports Wagon

You’d be hard pressed to find another wagon accompanied by a diesel engine, but that’s why BMW continues to be one of the most innovative and creative car brands in the world. Customers can opt for one of two available engine options, including the ingenious diesel offering.

The 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine packs a whole lot of power despite being so small, as drivers can anticipate 248 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. With RPM that ranges anywhere from 1,450 to 4,800, clever drivers will be able to fully take advantage of this unit’s capabilities.

As noted previously, BMW also includes one other engine offering with their 3 Series Sports Wagon:

  • 330i 2.0-liter engine: 248 horsepower, 258 pounds-feet of torque


For drivers seeking a diesel engine, they may have automatically ignored BMW’s crop of Sports Activity Vehicles. This is an understandable oversight, as few SAVs offer these kinds of amenities (and few SAVs or SUVs incentivize pursuing a diesel engine over a standard gasoline engine). Well, drivers are unlikely to find a more impressive applicable engine elsewhere in this segment.

The 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine cranks out an absolutely incredible amount of power at 255 horsepower and 413 pounds-feet of torque. Thanks to the brand’s TwinPower Turbo technology, drivers can also expect optimal fuel efficiency.

Customers can also opt for three other engine offerings when they pursue the X5 SAV:

  • 35i 3.0-liter engine: 300 horsepower, 300 pounds-feet of torque
  • 40e 2.0-liter engine: 308 horsepower, 332 pounds-feet of torque
  • 50i 4.4-liter engine: 445 horsepower, 480 pounds-feet of torque

It’s evident that BMW provides more than enough options to satisfy those diesel-needy customers. If you happen to be one of those car buyers, then you should have a better understanding of which vehicles you’ll want to pursue when you head into a BMW dealership.