Originally Posted by RobUK
330d M Sport base price = £36,280.
328i M Sport base price = £32,060 to which you'd have to add £1,660 for the sport auto box that comes as standard on the 330d, making £33,720.
So the 330d M Sport is £2,560 dearer to buy (like for like).
It appears you need to spend £610 on metallic paint for the 328i (unless you want only
Alpine White) - but this is in with the price for the 330d.
So if you want paint other than Alpine White in a 328i you are looking at £34330 making it £1950 difference in price. There could be more options differences - I'm not sure.
Originally Posted by HighlandPete
But is that representative? We must use the benchmark figures, even if we knock off a percentage, like we'd experience in our own driving.
I drive a 2006 330d auto touring and that has returned 37mpg long term (over 50k miles). I drove the 328i as I'd drive my car, and it returned 42.4mpg OBC over a 90 mile test drive, so have hopes to get over 40mpg in a 328i touring.
Certainly don't buy on fuel costs alone, particularly if you drive low miles.
Fair point. One persons 25mpg isnt really representative. The 2.0 litre 245 bhp power plant does seem pretty impressive and extremely economical for its power output.
Seems that it's well worth testing both 328i and 330d if anyone is undecided.