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2014 BMW 328d xDrive: 40-MPG Diesel Sport Wagon Reviewed Page 2

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2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon, New York City, Jun 2014

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon, New York City, Jun 2014

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A start-stop system is also fitted, to switch off the engine when the car is stopped. We found the system adequately quick to switch the engine back on when the brake pedal was lifted, but it only seemed to kick in once the engine had warmed up for 15 or 20 minutes.

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The base price of our 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon was $42,950; that's $1,500 more than the same car as a 328i with a gasoline engine. There's no 328 Sport Wagon offfered with real-wheel drive only in the U.S.

$13,500 of options

On top of that, our test car had a $3,100 Technology Package, which wrapped together the in-dash navigation system and touchpad input (which we didn't test), the quite useful Head-Up Display for the driver, and a host of infotainment and connectivity services, apps, and smartphone integration enhacements.

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon, New York City, Jun 2014

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon, New York City, Jun 2014

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Then there was the $2,300 Luxury Line package, including 18-inch "luxury" alloy wheels, brushed aluminum roof rails, Anthracite dark wood trim, and a sport leather steering wheel.

That was followed by the Premium Package, at $2,200, composed of satellite radio with a one-year subscription, lumbar supports in the front seats, and keyless entry. Yep, $2,200 for that bundle of three items.

The Harman/Kardon surround-sound system added $975, a Cold-Weather Package (heated front and rear seats and steering wheel, plus headlamp washers) was $950, as was a Driver Assistance Package (rear-view camera and Park Distance Control sensors), and the xenon headlights that made up the Lighting Package were $900.

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The Mineral Grey Metallic paint cost $500--although the handsome Dakota Saddle Brown leather upholstery was included--and a Parking Assistant cost $500. Automatic high beams added another $250, as did BMW Concierge Services.

2015 BMW X3 xDrive 28d, 2014 New York Auto Show

2015 BMW X3 xDrive 28d, 2014 New York Auto Show

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With the mandatory $925 destination fee as the last item on the "options" list, the bottom line for our 40-mpg BMW diesel wagon was a breathtaking $56,750.

While we loved the car's fuel economy, on-road behavior, and its comfort as a long-distance cruiser, we'd likely try to order one that kept us in the $45K to $47K range--which may be why we're not BMW owners.

Alternative to crossovers?

But it's good to have a wagon alternative to the growing pool of diesel crossovers out there, both compact and mid-size, and we will be curious to see how BMW 328d wagon sells.

While we know that Audi will offer a diesel version of its all-new A4 sedan when that car is introduced next year, we don't yet know if the A4 Avant wagon will join the new sedan--or whether it too might be offered with a diesel.

Given the success of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen--which will apparently become the VW Golf SportWagen in its next generation, with or without TDI diesel powertrain--we can only hope more wagons will join the diesel options in the U.S. market.

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