The Road to Leoben and Dürnstein – Driving the BMW 320d Touring

By Christian Stampfer on 28 November 2012
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The two cities I drove to in the BMW 320d Touring could not be more different. Leoben is the second largest city of the state of Styria (Steiermark) in Austria and is home to more than 24.000 people with roots in the mining and steel business, while my second destination, Dürnstein is a very small town with only 867 inhabitants on the shores of the Donau (Danube river) and is located in the middle Central Europe’s wine country.

My car for the trip was the all-new 2012 BMW 320d Touring (F31), and it was well suited to the driving I would be doing, proving to be a good combination of performance car and sufficiently sized for luggage and passengers. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine under the 320d’s hood provides 280 pound-feet of torque (380 Nm) and generates 184 hp (135 kW). BMW ranks the oil burner with a fuel economy of only 4.7 l/100 km (50 mpg). On our test drive with a distance of more than 500 km (310 miles) we will see if the BMW 320d can live up to our expectations.

The drive to Leoben began in heavy Friday afternoon traffic in Munich.  The RTTI (Real-Time Traffic Information) on the BMW ConnectedDrive system showed that the fastest route, the A8 Autobahn towards Salzburg already had three obstructions, I opted for a more unconventional route. I filled up the car at the nearest filling station and left Munich via the B2R, a ring road that encircles Munich, and headed towards the Autobahn A99 and A94.

The A94 is a two-lane Autobahn starting in the eastern neighborhoods of Munich, and I took it from the intersection of the A99 until the Bundesstraße 12 towards Passau.. Unfortunately, traffic was heavy on the B12, leaving me an average cruising speed between 50 km/h to 80 km/h (30 to 50 mph) before I reached the next Autobahn section of the A94. Finally, the traffic seemed to be disappear and I enjoyed the two-lane Autobahn with no speed limit quite a bit. While I was driving with a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) the BMW 320d Touring exhibited the automaker’s traditional sporty characteristics and the M-Sport suspension was perfect adjusted to the high speed driving.

I exited the A94 near the small village of Marktl am Inn, where the current catholic pope Josef Ratzinger was born in 1927, and continued on the old Bundesstraße 12. I crossed into Austria over the Inn River via the Innstraße, a road in the city of Simbach which led me directly to the center of Braunau am Inn. At this time, the BMW 320d Touring used 5.6 l/100 km (42.0 mpg) with an average speed of 69.7 km/h (43 mph).

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