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US Curb and EU Kerb weights, an attempt at clarifying the differences.

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I have been asked (by swamp2) to do a write up on the different standards for curb weights. There are a lot of discussions related to the weight of cars and how to compare EU and US weights (Apart from lbs to kg I mean ).

As this is a work in progress, it might not have all relevant info at the moment, there might be inaccuracies or contradictions. I welcome any constructive input to make this info as accurate, reliable and useful as possible


Weight standards currently used by BMW and other German/European brands on their official web sites.

1. Leergewicht EU ( Car with 90% fuel, 68kg driver, 7kg luggage (75kg). Latest EU definition uses only driver @ 75kg )
2. Leergewicht DIN ( Car with 90% fuel, no driver, no luggage )

1. Curb weight ( Inconsistent reporting, with or without driver, unknown and inconsistent equipment level ).

Use the European standards for apples to apples comparison. For cars that lack European weights, further research is needed to determine what is included in that cars stated US "Curb weight".

Summary of definitions:

US Curb Weight:
  • Weight of car with fluids and fuel at 100% as well as weight of any option expected to be in more than 33% of vehicles sold. Driver not included in US legal defintion, but usually included in manufacturers public figures.

EU Kerb Weight/Leergewicht EG:

Latest EU definition of "mass in running order" (curb weight) according to 1230/2012/EEC:
  • "the mass of the vehicle, with its fuel tank(s) filled to at least 90 % of its or their capacity/ies, including the mass of the driver, of the fuel and liquids, fitted with the standard equipment in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and, when they are fitted, the mass of the bodywork, the cabin, the coupling and the spare wheel(s) as well as the tools"

Previous EU definition of mass of the vehicle:
  • Weight of car with fluids at 100% and fuel at 90%. Driver included in type approval and official documentation. However the defintion of "Mass of the vehicle" does not include driver, but the EU-Directive defines that the weight of the driver (75kg) shall be included in type approval applications. The weight is given for the base vehicle with no options mandatory for the kerb weight.

DIN/ISO Kerb Weight/Leergewicht DIN:
  • DIN curb weight consists of vehicle, including 90% of fuel, driver, tool kit, warning triangle and spare tire (when fitted). Basically similar to EU curb weight definition. But as the old DIN weights did not include driver, I guess that when there is a reference from someone such as BMW, or others, to a "DIN curb weight" it can be assumed that it is without driver.

  • As pointed out by Solstice in his Porsche weight examples; Leergewicht DIN is used when the curb weight without driver is stated.

  • In German magazines the 1495-1500kg curb weight of the F8x is referred to as the DIN weight, further indicating that manufacturers use Leergewicht DIN as the standard for curb weight without driver.

A few real life examples:

Example 1: E92 M3
  • US curb weight: 3704lbs/1681kg
  • EU curb weight: 1655kg/1675kg (M6/DCT)

Here we can see that the US and EU weight doesn't match each other and there is a good reason why they don't.

EU weight of 1675kg includes DCT as that is stated in the BMW info, 1655kg is with the manual 6-speed. According to US legislation curb weight shall include options that is expected to be installed in at least 33% of vehicles sold.

That means added weight. And US fuel level is 100% as opposed to EU 90%, which adds 6,3l of fuel in the E92. So, if we take the EU 1655kg weight as a base (since that is the lightest known version of the std. E92 M3), the following makes the US weight end up at 1681kg:
  • 1655kg
  • + 20kg DCT
  • + 4,5kg Fuel (extra 6,3l of fuel at 0,711kg/l)
  • + 1,5kg Miscelaneous options
  • 1681kg US curb weight

Example 2: F15 X5 and Cayenne

If we take the new X5 X-drive 35i for example these are the reported weights:
  • 2125kg / 4680 lbs Curb weight
  • 2030kg / 4475 lbs Leergewicht DIN
  • 2105kg / 4640 lbs Leergewicht EG

Here the 40 lbs US curb weight above Leergewicht EG (4680 vs 4640lbs) must again be due to the fact that US curb weight shall include optional equipment expected to be sold in more than 33% of the sold vehicles..

Now for comparison let's take the Porsche Cayenne.
  • 1996kg / 4398 lbs Curb weight
  • 1995kg / 4398 lbs Leergewicht DIN
  • 2070kg / 4564 lbs Leergewicht EG

So if you just used the US curb weight you would get that the Cayenne is 4680 - 4398 = 282lbs / 128kg lighter (than the X5).

But look closer and you can see that the Cayenne's US curb weight reported is that of it's Leergewicht DIN (without driver and luggage) while the X5 is (Leergewicht EG + 40 lbs) which includes driver (75kg) and 40lbs optional equipment.

(The Cayenne is specified as a unique model with the tiptronic gearbox and is 35kg heavier than the manual car, which is also one difference between the Cayenne and X5.)

When comparing apples to apples the real difference is 4475 - 4398 = 77 lbs / 35kg. Which "strangely" also is the exact weight of the Tiptronic version of the Cayenne. So a Tiptronic Cayenne and a X5 35i, with similar transmissions, have the exact same curb weight/leergewicht

I.e US reported curb weight is not consistent but Leergewicht EG and DIN are consistent between these two German brands (just remember to compare comparable models/equipment levels).

UPDATE 12. June 2014:

The EU type approval number for the M3/M4 is:




These are the minimum weights listed in the type approval specs:

M3 DCT - 1560kg
M3 6MT - 1520kg

M4 DCT - 1537kg
M4 6MT - 1497kg


Definitions have been removed from this post, but can be found here:

List of edits:
30.11.2013: The first sketch of the write up with only EU/DIN/ISO and US curb weights
01.12.2013: Added the new EU-legislation that repeals 92/21/EEC
02.12.2013: Added Leergewicht EG and Leergewicht DIN nomenclature to the definitions as well as added soltice's BMW X5 and Porsche examples
03.12.2013: Removed definitions from OP (can now be found in post #49 - see link below)
03.12.2013: Thanks to swamp2 and solstice for constructive input
12.06.2014: Added type approval numbers and listed minimum curb weights from type approval spec

Last edited by Boss330; 06-12-2014 at 12:14 PM..