BMW 335d Review

By Jonathan Spira on 1 November 2010
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BMW introduced the 3er Series in 1975 as the successor to the 2002, the car that first defined the sports sedan.  Since its launch, the BMW 3er Series has not only consistently defined the prototypical sports sedan, but it is also the car that other automakers try very hard to emulate.

Now in its fifth generation, the 3er doesn’t pamper driver and passengers; instead, it fully engages the driver in the driving experience.  In 2009, BMW launched the 335d in the U.S., reentering the diesel market along with the X5 xDrive35d.

The 335d is available as a four-door sedan and bears a strong familial resemblance to the new 5er and 7er sedans thanks to a mild redesign of the sedan’s body style.  The front was given a wider look along with new headlights and a bolder bumper/spoiler. Prominent longitudinal hood lines frame the hood’s power dome. The rear received new taillights and a more pronounced character line.

What differentiates the 335d from the other cars in the 3er Series is the powerful, three-liter six cylinder inline twin-turbo diesel engine with common-rail, high-pressure direct fuel injection with piezo injectors.  It produces 265 hp and an incredible 425 pound-feet of torque. To put this amount of power into perspective, the BMW M3 generates a mere 295 pound-feet of torque.  Indeed, there’s so much torque in the 335d that BMW had to use electronics to keep the rear tires from spinning out of control.

To eliminate turbo lag, BMW designed the engine with one fast-and-small turbocharger for initial acceleration coupled with a second, larger turbo that takes over as engine speed rises. As a result, there is no noticeable turbo lag.

Even with its unparalleled power, the BMW 335d is the most fuel-efficient cars ever sold by BMW of North America, which opened operations in 1975 as the official U.S. importer.  As a result, the 335d can travel almost 40% farther on a tank of fuel than its gasoline-powered sibling.   On long drives there are fewer – if any – refueling stops, and I’ve been able to go 750 km (466 miles) without having to stop for fuel.

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