The latest BMW 3-Series saloon has got the thumbs up from top motoring expert Richard Hammond.
The new BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics boasts plenty of ‘green’ features and conventional tyres, which help it cope with the dreaded potholes scarring our roads.
Using conventional tyres instead of the usual run-flats you find on a lot of BMWs, is a bonus, according to the Top Gear presenter, because they result in “a car that handles potholes and cracks and always has all four tyres on the ground”.
The ED, with a starting price of £27,245, has also been stripped of all the kit you might normally expect, which Hamilton points out makes it heavier and defeats the object of an eco-friendly car anyway.
Hamilton wrote in his Sun newspaper column: “Yet despite not having any fancy technology, the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics is the future.
“Why? Because it’s got 161bhp and does 68.9mpg, that’s why. Of course, 68.9mpg is the government combined figure and as with most figures to come out of Whitehall it’s not very realistic.
“You could get almost 70mpg out of the car, probably more if you’re one of those uptight people who take part in economy run competitions that are more a test of patience than skill.
“But I managed to get 56mpg out of the 320d ED without any Mr Scrooge driving – in fact, I was driving it more like Mr Button or Mr Hamilton would.”
He added: “The ED also has lowered suspension to reduce drag and improve fuel consumption, aerodynamic wheel rims and a longer final drive ratio.
“The wheels are 17in across rather than sexier 18 and 19in wheels that you’ll find on other sporty saloons. As they’re small they don’t weigh so much, so there’s less unsprung weight, giving a more comfortable ride.”