The cost of transportation is a significant part of American household spending. According to AAA, the average American spends about 17,600 minutes driving every year, and that’s more than 293 hours spent on the road per year. Close to one-third of the American household owns more than two cars which means more money spent on fueling. So, saving money on gas mileage becomes an integral part of reducing the overall cost of car ownership. Here we have a list of tips to help you save money on BMW mpg and increase gas mileage. Most of these tips are applicable to all brands of cars even if you don’t own a BMW.
While BMW has a reputation for its power and performance, the in-demand electric, hybrid, and fuel-efficient BMW models are emerging and becoming increasingly popular. Here we have the latest updates on the 2018 top BMW MPG rating winners according to fueleconomy.gov.
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|2018 BMW 230i Coupe|
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Premium grade gasoline can deliver up to 4% increase in fuel economy and is the optimal choice for performance-oriented engines. According to the BMW Owner’s Manuel, premium grade gasoline is recommended for fueling a BMW. This may sound like the opposite of saving money, but in the long run, you are saving money overall from keeping your BMW in good running condition and protecting its engine.
Driving style and behavior have a significant impact on your car’s fuel consumption. For example, going on the freeway at a consistent 60 miles versus 70 miles per hour can save, on average, about one gallon of gas in a week of commuting. Monitor your driving behavior by keeping an eye on your BMW MPG and fuel consumption on the dashboard.
Driving your BMW in ECO PRO Mode can save fuel up to 20%. The ECO PRO Mode is part of the BMW EfficientDynamics, which is the core energy conservation concept behind all the latest BMW models. ECO PRO Mode controls all the onboard systems in BMW to achieve fuel saving, and settings can be further customized via the BMW iDrive.
The ECO PRO Route function works with the BMW Navigation System to prompt the driver to choose a system suggested route which consumes the least amount of fuel. It is a great way to save on gas mileage in the long run without much work on your part. The ECO PRO Route function is a setting within the ECO PRO Mode which can be selected via the BMW iDrive.
The BMW Brake Energy Regeneration Function as part of the ECO PRO can maximize energy saving without sacrificing performance. When ECO PRO Mode is activated, Brake Energy Regeneration works together with the other energy-saving setting within ECO PRO Mode to accurately project and reduce energy consumption while achieving the most fuel-efficient drive. The setup ensures the power of the vehicle’s electrical system is generated during braking and coasting, so optimal fuel consumption can be achieved.
The BMW On-Demand Ancillary Unit as part of the ECO PRO function further contributes to the energy conservation in BMWs. The system includes energy-saving components such as the On-demand Coolant Pump, Map-controlled Oil Pump, Electric Power Steering system, and the special air conditioning compressor which all work towards minimizing power drain.
The BMW Coasting function is also part of the ECO PRO system that cuts off fuel supply as soon as the driver stopped pressing on the accelerator. The system offers useful energy-saving tips to execute the drive more efficiently. Fuel consumption and the calculation of estimated mileage that can be driven by the available fuel are shown in the Central Display for easy statistics reading. The convenient BMW Coasting function also works to reduce engine consumption by automatically disengaging the engine (idling) from the transmission when traveling at a higher speed on a downward slope.
Auto Start-Stop function in BMW helps the vehicle to avoid unnecessary overconsumption of fuel by shutting off the vehicle’s engine instead of putting it in idling mode during a complete stop. Both the Auto Start-Stop and ECO PRO mode as part of the BMW EfficientDynamics work together to contribute to the lowered fuel consumption and emission reduction of the BMW by as much as 20%.
The BMW Active Driving Assistant is available in the latest BMW models. Partnering with the BMW Navigation System Professional during ECO PRO mode, the system can calculate and analyze an ideal driving style to reduce gasoline intake. Powertrain automatically adapts to the driving and routing situation so that the system can make recommendations for the drivers with the most appropriate and fuel-saving driving styles. Alerts such as warnings of upcoming speed zone changes and potential stops ahead can be suggested to the driver for maximum fuel efficiency.
According to fueleconomy.gov, the habit of hard braking can decrease your gas mileage anywhere from 15% to 30% on the freeway and 10 to 40% in city traffic. You can increase your BMW MPG by avoiding sudden stops and braking gradually but safely. Practicing slow and easy braking can also increase the lifespan of your BMW brake pads.
According to research, driving with sudden accelerations, driving at high speeds, and driving at inconsistent speeds with sudden brakes can waste your gas mileage by as much as 33%. When traffic laws permit, cruising at a steady speed can typically increase your BMW gas mileage. Also, remember the ECO PRO Coasting function? Your BMW will automatically cut off fuel supply as soon when you take your foot off the gas pedal during ECO PRO Mode.
Most modern cars do not need long warm up or idling periods. Many car manufacturers recommend driving slowly after starting your car for about half a minute. For every 30 minutes of idling, as much as a quarter gallon of gas is wasted. Make sure your BMW Auto Start-Stop Function is on, it can automatically turn off your BMW’s engine instead of letting it idle during a complete stop.
Make sure your BMW is up-to-date with its regular maintenance schedule. Keeping your BMW in good running condition is essential to ensure it is running on optimal fuel efficiency. You can check your BMW’s maintenance due date via the iDrive controlled by the BMW Condition Based System or CBS for short. Also see our complete guide on the latest BMW Maintenance and Warranty.
Summer heat can feel suffocating. It may be tempting to blast the air conditioning in the car to the max to cool down. However, you can keep your car’s interior temperature cool without wasting gas by turning the temperature in your car up more. Open the window first to allow trapped heat escape from your vehicle after it is parked in the heat for a prolonged period before turning on the A/C. Adjusting the air conditioning setting to a few degrees higher can help save gas mileage in the long run.
Keeping your BMW’s tires inflated can also help you save gas up to 3%. If you are not sure what is the optimal tire pressure, you can check the recommended tire pressure levels on a sticker located on the BMW’s driver-side car door or in the BMW Owners Manuel. When your tires are deflated, an alert should appear in your BMW’s dashboard letting you know which tires are low on pressure.
Using your car as storage can lead to more fuel consumption in the long run. Make it a habit to clean out your BMW and reduce the load by cleaning out the unnecessary things. You will feel better driving a clean and organized car. You can also save time cleaning and keeping knickknacks in order with a handheld, cordless vacuum, and a lightweight trunk organizer.
If you are serious about saving gas, get into the habit of consolidating trips and errands-runs by planning out your routes. Run small errands when it’s “on the way” to the places you need to go and car-pool with friends and family if possible. Remember, you can always use your BMW’s ECO PRO Route function and let the system recommend a route that consumes the least amount of gas.
In the States, many of the grocery store or membership clubs offer discounts on gas price. For example, Costco members get exclusive access to Costco gas, which has a very competitive price. Grocery stores such as Ralphs and Albertsons offer members discounts on choosing specific brands of gasoline. Take advantage of these offers with your local club memberships.
Gas prices can fluctuate from day to day and in different locations. Finding the lowest gas price near you don’t have to be a time-consuming task. Use a gas price app like the GasBuddy which can locate the cheapest gas near you, so you don’t need to waste more gas and drive out of your way to find great deals. Just enter your zip code and select the grade of gas, you can find the best gas price closest to wherever you are in a few clicks.
You can save more gas money by using a credit card with cash back offers. There are many great credit card options out there with extra cash back on gas purchases. For example, Chase offers 5% cash back on gas during a specific quarter of the year, while Bank of America and American Express have 3% cash back deals on gas year-round. Many of these credit cards also offer various percentages of cash back on groceries, entertainment, and shopping. Always compare deals and choose the right credit card for your needs.