BMW is not known for being one of the most economical automakers in the world but they do have some frugal models to offer. One of these cars is the 116d EfficientDynamics that during the RAC Future Challenge 2012 managed to return 103 mpg UK (85.8 mpg US or 2.7 liters / 100 km) during the 64-mile route from Brighton to London, representing a 39 percent improvement in comparison to BMW’s 74.3 mpg UK combined fuel economy rating.
At the heart of this frugal BMW 116d EfficientDynamics is an inline-four 2.0-liter turbo engine that pumps out 116 hp at 4,000 rpm and 191.8 lb-ft of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,500 rpm. The car benefits from various fuel-saving techniques such as aerodynamic upgrades and low-rolling resistance tires.
The power is sent to the rear wheels with the help of a six-speed manual transmission that enables the hatch to perform the 0-62 mph sprint in 10.5 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 121 mph (195 km/h).