has decided to engage futher the European low-CO2
market segment with the launch of the BMW 316d. The 316d uses the same powertrain as the 116d and gets remarkably low CO2
emissions of just 118 g/km. In both cars, BMW uses a detuned version of its 4-cylinder 2.0 liter diesel
engine, found in 18d
, 20d and 23d
iterations, depending on power. The difference between the 318d and the 316d isn't much, just lowered carbon dioxide levels of 5 g/km. That little drop can make a big difference for many European taxpayers, though, because in most countries, cars emitting less than 120g/km qualify for a tax bonus. There's a €700 bonus in France, no registration tax in Spain, and the lower VED B
tax band in the UK. Of course, fuel consumption for the 316d is also reduced a bit, down to 4.5 l/100km (52mpg U.S.). What's the downside? The 316d starts at around €30,000 in France.
[Source: Le Blog Auto