The big news for 2014 is the introduction of diesel engine editions of the 3 Series sedan and wagon. The Coupe and Convertible models were no longer offered and this also includes the high-performance M editions. New standard equipment included in all models is a Sport leather steering wheel, BMW Assist eCall and BMW TeleServices.

New twin-scroll turbocharged engines offer quicker responsiveness and strong torque output at low engine speeds, making the engine feel more powerful. New-generation 8-speed automatic transmission also helps the 3 Series lower fuel consumption.

For the first time in North America, the 3 Series is offered with a 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Diesel engine. This 2.0 litre (N47) engine can generate up to 280 lb-ft of torque from an engine speed as low as 1,750 rpm. It also comes with BMW EfficientDynamics, which includes Auto-Start Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and optimized aerodynamics.

Paul Williams / – “Both 328d models (there’s a “Touring” wagon, as well) are fitted with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which was also severely tested during my long-term test drive this winter. Wearing a set of Pirelli winter tires, and aided by a suite of electronic traction aids, I’d venture to say that this is one of the most surefooted vehicles I’ve driven in these types of frigid, slippery and potentially dangerous conditions.

On the highway my fuel consumption dropped on occasion to 5.0 L/100 km, translating to a cruising range of 1,000 kilometres per tank. In the city, my initial average was around 8.1 L/100km, but this dropped to 7.2 in the later stages of my drive. Possibly this is due to the engine settling in after a few thousand kilometres, or maybe I’m just learning to drive more economically. Whatever the explanation, these are superb numbers for a good-sized compact, luxury sedan.”

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