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2013 BMW 116i Review

The newest edition of the BMW 1 Series brings the company#8217;s family-oriented upscale hatchback back with some stylistic and performance changes to enhance the image of this entry-level luxury car. The BMW116i serves as the entry tier in the series but maintains many of the luxury elements of its more expensive siblings. The 3-door BMW116i does not make an appearance in the Australian lineup as all but the convertible and coupe models are available with 5 doors.

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Both BMW116i variants are powered by a four-cylinder direct injection engine with either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed sports automatic transmission. Both use rear-wheel drive.

Under the Bonnet

The 1.6L four-cylinder engine, though seemingly modest, takes advantage of TwinPower turbo technology, direct precision injection, and variable valve timing to produce 100kW/220Nm torque while maintaining a respectable 5.7 L/100km combined fuel efficiency in the manual (5.7L/100km in the automatic). While not a speedster by any stretch of the imagination, the combination of the car#8217;s light weight and turbo system ensure good performance combined with good efficiency. For those more interested in numbers, the 116i sprints from 0-100km/h in 8.7 seconds and has a top speed of 210km/h.

Exterior and Styling

The 1 Series underwent a significant design overhaul this year focused on making the car more youthful and performance-focused while maintaining the BMW image. A longer bonnet, redesigned headlamps, elongated doors, and narrowed windows all enhance the image of a sporty hatchback while alleviating interior space issues that existed in past models. The lengthened doors also allow for easier access and while the narrowed window profile gives this hot hatch a sporty appeal.

Though the design changes make this year#8217;s model appear smaller than those in the past, this 2013 BMW 1 Series is actually 85mm longer than last year#8217;s.

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Interior and Comfort

That additional length is apparent when sliding into the front or rear seats of the new 116i #8211; both driver and passenger will appreciate the additional leg room in addition to new, more supportive sport seats. However, getting in and out of the car is difficult due to small door openings and and door pillars positioned in front of the seats.

In addition, BMW#8217;s ubiquitous iDrive system has been upgraded and includes Bluetooth connectivity, individual user profiles, and a USB interface. Though the 116i doesn#8217;t get the leather upholstery of its upscale siblings, the interior is still surprisingly well furnished and comfortable for an entry-level hatchback.

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Value for the Money

Considering that BMW 116i prices start at $37,300 MRLP, the quality of the interior and BMW quality provide exceptional value for those looking for a true luxury vehicle. Its German competitors #8211; the Audi A3 Sportback and Mercedes Benz B-Class are more expensive (The 116i is priced about $3K lower than many A3s and about $5K less than most B-Class hatches on the market today) and offer less standard equipment. This car certainly feels as though it costs much more than you#8217;ll pay for it at the BMW 1 Series price.

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Manufacturer price in Australia

2013 BMW 116i F20: $37,300 #8211; $39,993

Safety Features

Standard is the customary front driver and passenger airbags as well as front and rear head and side airbags. The car also arrives with ABS, Dynamic Traction Control, Brake Assist, run flat safety tyres, and a safety body shell that protects against impacts up to 15 km/h.

The strength of the BMW driving experience has long rested with the brand#8217;s Dynamic Steering Control, and this model is no exception to the rule. The 116i also features Driver Experience Control, which allows drivers to select from ECO PRO, Comfort, and Sport mode drivetrain settings to enhance efficiency, comfort, or performance depending on driving conditions.

A light and responsive electronically-aided steering system allows for confident driving in all conditions, allowing drivers to push the 1 Series through varied terrain and helps negate the vibration problems commonly associated with its run flat tyres. The car does move more sluggishly in the economy and comfort modes; those looking for a more performance-oriented experience will likely want to run the 116i in Sport mode at all times. Unfortunately, that mode must be manually selected every time the car is started as the iDrive system does not save performance settings between trips.

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The Competition

As noted, the BMW 116i prices sit below comparable offerings from Audi and Mercedes-Benz while still offering all of the standard features and options a driver could ask for. The biggest difference may be the car#8217;s rear-wheel drive, which pushes it into a different class than other popular sporty hatches.

This fun, fashionable, economical wagon delivers almost anything a 2013 BMW 116i reviewer could ask for. Those looking for an affordable vehicle that still bears a luxury badge could do far worse, especially at BMW 1 Series prices. While it#8217;s placed at the entry of the BMW 1 series, this 116i hardly feels like an entry-level car and proves that it can more than handle itself on Australia#8217;s roads.

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