BMW launches new 318 diesel while 318i tops the used car sales charts in record year for BMW Approved Used Cars

The new BMW 318d

After 20 years as the best-selling BMW model, the 318i gave up its podium position to the 320d in 2003. Now BMW Great Britain is to introduce a smaller sibling of its best-selling model, the 318d, from April 2004. The 318d will be available in standard, ES, SE and Sport variants while the Touring comes in SE and Sport form.

The 318d ES will be priced at £19,995.00 while the standard car will cost £21,380.00 and the SE model £22,405.00. A 318d Sport model will be available at £23,680.00. In the Touring range, the 318d SE will cost £23,305.00 while the Sport model will be £24,580.00.

Crucially, for company car drivers, all new BMW 318d models with a manual gearbox conform to the latest EU4 emissions legislation, negating the three per cent company car tax surcharge for diesel cars. With a CO2 rating of 151 g/km for the Saloon and 156 g/km for the Touring, matched with combined consumption of 50.4 mpg and 48.7 mpg respectively, the new 318d lies in the lowest company car taxation category.

The four-cylinder, 16-valve common rail diesel engine in the BMW 318d delivers 115 bhp and 280 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm from its 1,995 cc engine. This powers the Saloon from 0 to 62 mph in 10.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 127 mph, while the Touring takes 11.0 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph. The new diesel engine has a five-speed manual gearbox as standard or five-speed automatic gearbox as an option. Standard equipment on the new BMW 318d Saloon and Touring reflects the standard equipment of its petrol counterpart, as does the range of optional equipment.

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Published : 21/02/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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