Considering how many supercars, hypercars and sometimes outright race cars Chris Harris features on this web show, this review of a thoroughly mainstream diesel BMW 3 Series almost seems strange. Of course, he’s only reviewing it because he was in one anyway on his way to the Nurburgring to drive an Aston Martin racer, so you needn’t worry that Harris’s YouTube channel is suddenly going to turn into a Consumer Reports clone. And truthfully, this is probably a very useful video for a lot of Americans to see. Diesel is something they’re pretty used to in Europe at this point, and although it wasn’t very popular in the U.S. for a long time, diesel car sales have been picking up over the last few years, and a lot of Americans are curious about how they compare to gasoline-powered cars.

Even though this review isn’t tailored toward Americans particularly, it is still a good source of information on all of the usual topics one expects when wondering if switching to diesel is a good idea. These mainly boil down to addressing how significant the differences in fuel economy and power are.

2016 BMW 3-Series

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The diesel BMW actually delivers a perfectly acceptable amount of power, and such astonishingly good fuel economy — even at 90 mph — that Harris goes on about it for quite a while at the beginning of the video. He has a few nitpicky things to say about the interior, but on the whole says that it looks good and feels good; especially the steering wheel, and this is coming from a man who owns a 2012 Ferrari FF. Harris ultimately wraps up by saying that a diesel 3 Series is really all that you need in a car. He makes a compelling point.

Read our full review of the 2016 BMW 3 Series here.

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