• Prius Overhyped? BMW 5 Series Diesel Gets Better Mileage

Prius Overhyped? BMW 5 Series Diesel Gets Better Mileage
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What is the attraction of the Toyota Prius, if not its superior fuel economy?

The British newspaper The Times decided to find out whether the hybrid Prius was, in reality, superior in fuel economy to a more conventional car.

The answer: no.

Indeed, the newspaper headlined the story thus, “Toyota Prius Proves a Gas Guzzler in a Race with the BWM 520d.”

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That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the reality is that a full size 5 Series sedan, a “saloon” in the British parlance, beat out a Prius on mileage.

Here’s the test which The Times put the two through:

Both cars were driven from London to Geneva, “using motorways and town driving.” That’s a direct route of 460 miles, but the newspaper added an additional 100 miles of urban driving, specifically to give the Prius an advantage through use of its hybrid drivetrain in the in-town setting in which it works best.


50.3 mpg for the full-size BMW equipped with a four cylinder diesel.

48.1 mpg for the Prius.

Bottom line: drive a Prius if you’re looking to make a politically correct statement, but don’t presume to believe that you’ve found the only true way to save fuel or reduce emissions – or even the best way.

Ralph Kalal
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  (5990) posted on 03.22.2008

I’ll be riding my Harley w/53 mpg avg. and a whole lot more fun...LOL.
It amazes me to see folks get so upset when their decision is threatened by another’s opinionated ’facts’.
Personally, I would like to see the ’clean diesel/hybrid’ available for a Toyota Tacoma crew cab that would get 40mpg combined; that would be the best of both worlds; OK?
Maybe we can get the diesel Tacoma from Thailand without the 25% tarriff by 2010, but forget diesel-hybrid in the USA. Wouldn’t want to cut into the ’Big Oil’ companies 5% profit margin, or more importantly, the federal government’s higher, and ever increasing corporate tax %, which is passed directly on to the consumer...LOL. Those are the real reasons Diesel is over $4 and Gas is over $3.
I say, if you have enough money to squander on the $60K Beemer, go right ahead. If you want to make any type of statement by driving a Prius, have at it! It’s really the American Way and still protected by the First Amendment...(sort of)!!
Me? I am just a cheap libertarian, trying to get my kids through college, insure my 21 yo Toyota truck w/ 325,000 miles stays in top running order, and save enough money to allow me a comfortable retirement when I hit 80. I’m sure the Soc-Security won’t be solvent by then....but, I digress...sorry

  (5990) posted on 03.20.2008

0-60 in the prius about 10 seconds 0-60 in the "BMW" diesel 12 seconds

12 seconds? Check the facts before you post!

BMW 520D


Top speed (Manual)
144 mph
0-62 mph (Manual)
8.3 seconds
Fuel consumption (Manual)
55.4 mpg (combined cycle)
Top speed (Automatic)
142 mph
0-62 mph (Automatic)
8.4 seconds

  (5990) posted on 03.18.2008

Hmmm... Let me see. I am a proud owner of a 2005 Prius. The main reason I bought it because it could save and it is saving me money. I paid for 23 thousand and didn’t have to pay the sales tax. I received another $3500 as a tax break on my earned income. The cost of a regular gasoline (lowest octane) where I live now is $3.33/gallon. The diesel costs $4.07/gallon. So Mr. Kalal, do you think diesel is still better than the Prius?

  (5990) posted on 03.17.2008

While diesel is more enviromentally friendly, it is not completely safe. I agree with Dan and Kingtiger- the price factor also has to be taken into account. And BMW, stop trying to show people that you are concerned about about the enviroment, because BMW cars have the highest fuel guzzling rates, what with their large engine capacity(in litres), but they still have crappy performances. The only people who actually seem to have the enviroment in mind are(whether you like it or not) the Japanese and Audi, who are also developing high performance diesel racing cars.

  (5990) posted on 03.17.2008

0-60 in the prius about 10 seconds
0-60 in the "BMW" diesel 12 seconds

The artile failed to mention the 2.0L 177hp engine did not have enough power to pull that large heavy sedan...

Kodus to BMW for trying but anyone can put a small diesel in any car and get awesome gas mileage....IE VW JETTA or PASSAT.

  (5990) posted on 03.17.2008

man, you are missing the point. the point is that you can get better milege even from a diesel and a Prius is not the only way and that the hype that is created around the prius is overrated. u can get a cheap diesel car for under 20,000$ that would even do 60mpg - u dont have to have a Prius.

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