The Bavarians have had themselves a bit of a stumble with the introduction of the 2012 F30 BMW 3 Series to the U.S. market regarding its fuel economy.
This is where the EPA makes the rules, come up with a grading system and no matter how well manufacturers think they’ve learned, they still bring back the test scores.
Whereas BMW estimated their eight speed automatic 328i could do 36 mpg in highway testing conditions it seems that’s not the case.
The EPA has adjusted the figures of the F30 BMW 328i to 33 mpg highway and 23 mpg city. That’s a drop of 3 and 1 mpg respectively.
Those are the final figures the 2012 version of the new 3 Series will be sold with in N20 engine spec and that means it’s no longer better than the 335d version.
Rumor has it these retests may be happening since the EPA is getting a bunch of complaints of other cars. Everything may have started from the Hyundai Elantra.
Even so, BMW isn’t very pleased with the changes and they’ve officially announced that they’ve managed to get up to 36 mpg on the highway.
The halfway solution is going to come from fueleconomy.gov as they’re rating it at 23/34 mpg. That could be seen in new window stickers of the 328i.
This is weird because the 2012 F30 BMW 3 Series is rated at 23/33 in accordance to the new EPA rating but some of the official websites are still carrying the old predictions.
Not that we’re not sorry for the hit BMW took with this fuel economy rating, but even so, the F30 328i is a class leader in its segment.