2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback Review | CarShowroom.com.au

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2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback Review

OUR VERDICT: 4 PRICE RANGE: $36,900 – $39,593* PROS: Turbo 1.6 is a pearler; BMW rear-drive chassis; value CONS: Family buyers might prefer the extra space of rivals over the 1 Series’ driving dynamics Safety Rating: Green Rating: Fuel Consumption: 5.8L/100km Write your own review

Naturally BMW is at the front of the premium compact hatchback segment. And naturally BMW’s model (the 1 Series) drives the rear wheels in fact it’s the world’s only rear-drive hatchback.

BMW 1 Series Hatchback Overview

This may be the entry-level BMW but on-road it still has that unmistakable ‘presence’.

BMW 1 Series Hatchback Engine

The all-new BMW 1 Series lineup debuted a 1.6-litre powerplant. Featuring a twin-scroll turbocharger, BMW’s latest technical masterpiece is all about maximum output/minimum emissions.

Efforts to reduce fuel consumption/emissions were everywhere our 116i, like the entire BMW 1 Series range, featured a dashboard indicator light to promote fuel-efficient gear change points and brake energy regeneration. Auto start/stop was also standard and, good as BMW’s system is, it doesn’t match Jaguar’s for rapid/silent re-starting.

Our BMW 116i (six-speed manual) covered zero to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds and combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at 5.7l/100kms.

BMW 1 Series Hatchback The Interior

The all-new BMW 1 Series certainly delivers inside. The extra length in overall size has delivered enhanced rear-seat spaciousness although, like most in this segment, in that department the 1 Series is overshadowed by the all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

There’s the usual BMW-style sporty driving position achieved via height adjustment for both driver and front passenger seats and height/reach adjustment for the usual high-standard BMW steering wheel. Instruments too are the expected BMW standard and are housed in a nice curved binnacle.

BMW says the latest 1 Series hatchback provides 10 per-cent more luggage space than its predecessor that would be an impressive 360-litres with the 60/40 split-fold rear seat in-place or 1200-litres with the seat folded flat. The seat also features a 40/20/40 through-loading system which enabled the BMW 116i to pass our golf club test.

BMW 1 Series Hatchback Exterior Styling

BMW 1-Series

While the 1 Series may be the entry-level BMW, the compact hatchback looks purposeful/sporty and retains the classic BMW proportions long bonnet, wide track and swept-back passenger compartment. And compact though it may be, the latest BMW 1 Series hatchback gains some size over its predecessor 85mm longer overall with 30mm of extra length in the wheelbase to improve rear seat leg-room.

At the front of course are the BMW hallmarks – four round headlights and this time a forward-slant for the kidney grille which runs matt black slats. The bonnet has four contour lines pointing towards the grille.

In profile, again there’s a noticeable aerodynamic downward-slope for the roof and another BMW hallmark in the form of the ‘Hofmeister kink’ the forward bend of the rear side windows.

At the rear, the BMW 1 Series hatchback gets a modern look with a low-opening tailgate and dynamic L-shaped LED tail-lights.

Our BMW 116i test car ran 16-inch V-spoke alloy wheels, which in the typical BMW way filled the wheelarches to promote the overall sporty look.

BMW 1 Series Hatchback On The Road

BMW doesn’t do front-wheel-drive. Sadly this may change soon if the front-drive plug-in hybrid Active Tourer (a family crossover stylistically like the ‘Benz B’Class) goes into production.

But as things stand, the 1 Series is the world’s only rear-drive hatchback. A 100kW/220Nm turbocharged 1.4-litre driving the back-end via a six-speed manual transmission sounds like a recipe for funand in the BMW 116i it is.

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