British auto journalist Tom Ford recently decided to test BMW's claim that its new 320d EfficientDynamics model could achieve 1,000 miles on one tank of diesel fuel. While the EfficientDynamics is the most efficient version of the 3 Series available right now, it is not the lowest power version. With 163 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, the 320d can get from 0-62 miles per hour in just 8.0 seconds. The incorporation of electric power steering, a lower ride height and automatic start-stop helps the 320d ED achieve a 57.4 miles per gallon (U.S.) on the EU drive cycle.
Ford decided to drive from England to Munich and back to see how many miles he could squeeze out of a single tank. To extend the drive, Ford kept the windows up and the air conditioning turned off, but otherwise drove about 65-70 mph on the motorways and autobahns. By the time the tank ran dry, Ford had covered 1,013 miles and got to within 70 miles of Calais on the return route. That's an average of 57.4 mpg at 59.3 mph, numbers we could certainly live with. You can check out Ford's video report at the Sunday Times Facebook page.