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BMW real fuel consumption

According to aggregated user reports, the average real fuel consumption of BMW cars is approximately 25% higher for gasoline engines and is approximately 29% higher for diesel engines compared to the advertised consumption. Average fuel consumption difference for BMW vehicles manufactured in the last ten years is about approximately +35%, while older BMW cars consume approximately 14% more compared to the manufacturer's claimed consumption.

Year-to-year deviations of actual owner-reported average fuel consumption from advertised values

YearGasoline carsDiesel cars
All carmakersBMWAll carmakersBMW
2000 +4%+4% +5%minor
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2001 +5%+6% +6%+5%
2002 +6%+7% +7%+5%
2003 +6%+7% +8%+5%
2004 +7%+8% +9%+7%
2005 +8%+9% +10%+8%
2006 +9%+11% +11%+11%
2007 +11%+19% +12%+15%
2008 +12%+24% +13%+18%
2009 +14%+24% +14%+19%
2010 +16%+24% +16%+20%
2011 +19%+24% +19%+24%
2012 +21%+26% +23%+27%
2013 +23%+27% +27%+34%
2014 +26%+31% +30%+38%
2015 +27%+33% +33%+40%
2016 +28%+34% +36%+42%
2017 +28%+34% +38%+42%
2018 +28%+35% +39%+40%
2019 +28%+35% +37%+38%
2020 +27%+33% +37%+35%
2021 +26%+32% +37%+31%

Among the recent BMW gasoline models, the BMW Z4, BMW X5 and BMW 7 series come closest to meeting the manufacturer's fuel economy ratings. Regarding BMW diesel models, the BMW 3 series, BMW 5 series and BMW 7 series correspond most accurately to advertised fuel economy figures.

Select an BMW model to see the real fuel consumption of specific engine versions.

BMW 8 series Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +17%
BMW 1 series Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +26% Diesel: +28%
BMW 2 series Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +34% Diesel: +42%
BMW 3 series Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +17% Diesel: +17%
BMW 4 series Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +30% Diesel: +35%
BMW 5 series Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +18% Diesel: +17%
BMW 6 series Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +25% Diesel: +44%
BMW 7 series Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +17% Diesel: +18%
BMW X1 Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +30% Diesel: +26%
BMW X2 Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +42% Diesel: +31%
BMW X3 Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +25% Diesel: +26%
BMW X4 Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +28% Diesel: +37%
BMW X5 Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +17% Diesel: +25%
BMW X6 Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +44% Diesel: +38%
BMW Z3 Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +10%
BMW Z4 Real fuel consumption difference:
Petrol: +15%
User-reported fuel consumption may not accurately represent all users' experiences due to variables such as driving conditions, driving style, technical condition of the vehicle, and other circumstances. Thus, it should not be relied upon as a representative indicator.