Does BMW still build the best green compact exec? We find out as the 320d ED meets Audi’s latest A4
Strict taxes on CO2 emissions are now playing a huge role in deciding which cars we buy – and no class of the market has been affected more than the compact executive saloon sector.
When the first-generation BMW 320d EfficientDynamics was launched back in 2010, few people could have predicted that it would become such a huge sales phenomenon. This standalone model is now one of the most popular versions of the 3 Series, accounting for more than a third of the saloon’s sales.
That means the pressure is on for this new model to deliver. We were very impressed with the standard car, which swept its rivals aside to claim victory in our first test – so can the ED repeat the feat?
Standing in the newcomer’s way is the most efficient version of the recently facelifted Audi A4. Both cars have been engineered to produce the lowest amount of CO2 possible without sacrificing their performance or premium image, and both are hugely attractive company choices as a result. But which is the better all-round package?