When we first drove the 2012 BMW 328i we honestly weren’t expecting to be as impressed by this new 2.0-liter turbocharged motor as we ultimately were. “It has tremendous strength at low revs for such a small capacity engine, with 225 pound-feet of torque arriving at 1,250 rpm and staying flag until 4,800 rpm,” we wrote. “The odd thing is, it doesn’t feel like a torque monster in normal driving…The 2012 BMW 328i offers a drive that starts strongly and just gets stronger.”
Strength and torque, though, weren’t the driving force of the switch from a straight-six to a turbocharged four. No, the reason was, like so many other things today, fuel economy. drove the change. And it appears to have worked.
The 2012 BMW 328i with the eight-speed automatic, returned 36 mpg highway on the EPA cycle, 24 mpg city and a combined rating of 28 mpg. This combined rating is better than the highway rating of the 2011 BMW 328i with the 3.0-liter inline-six. That car managed 18/28 with either the 6AT or the 6MT.
When equipped with the six-speed manual, the 2012 BMW 328i scored 23 mpg city, 34 highway and a combined rating of 27 mpg.
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