Diesel King of the Hill: Audi A6 TDI vs. BMW 535d vs. Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

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BMW 535D

The BMW 535d is the real newcomer in this group, at least as far as the United States is concerned. It was introduced late last year and quickly made its presence known. The Bavarian’s silky-smooth engine is among the most responsive I’ve seen. It also represents the second generation of BMW’s clean diesel models available in the United States, one with a little less power but very strong fuel economy figures.

The 2014 BMW 535d, with 413 pound-feet of torque, can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km/h) in 5.8 seconds, just a tad slower than the Audi. Our 2010 335d, despite its 425 pound-feet of torque, required a full six seconds to get there, and the previous generation 535d, the car that started my love affair with diesels, needed 6.4.

The interior is sportily luxurious and has the superb ergonomics that we have come to expect from the Bavarians. Fit and finish are excellent, and buyers can now order BMW Individual colors for their 5ers just as we did with Moonstone Metallic.

The 535d’s base price is $56,850, a small premium over the comparably equipped 535i at $55,350 but a leap over the entry-level 528i at $49,750.

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