BMW 1 Series – First Look & Review – European Car Magazine

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BMW 1-Series

A flawed diamond, but a diamond all the

Even if you’re the sort of who thinks that budget seats are ‘wonderfully commodious’, you find the rear of BMW’s new 1 anything less than a squeeze. The average European has more legroom and the rear opening is so narrow that Mabel will need to be inside. The boot is also and the fuel tank is small to make trips to the filling a daily treat.

As Yoda say, practical, this isn’t.

For many European these flaws will be to make them shuffle the BMW dealership in favor of something sensible, such as a VW Golf. And feel doubly vindicated they learn that the 1 Series, the humble 116i, is at #15,690 ($28,572) and is supplied air-conditioning, alloy wheels or a steering wheel. The more 2.0-litre SE and Sport models, feature these ‘essential’ cost the wrong side of

By contrast, the more powerful 1.6 costs ($25,868) in the UK.

Traditional customers might also be put off by the It seems impossible to test a new BMW days without agonizing its appearance. The 1 Series is typical of the BMW-breed with a hundred angles and curves all competing one another.

It’s an unlikely but it does have presence and its big brother, the 7-series, it looks better in the metal than it on celluloid.

More importantly, it also like a BMW and for many buyers, the presence of the kidney grille make the 1 Series a must-have And it’s for these customers BMW has built the car. The company’s top reasoned–sensibly–that in a global market 12M vehicles a year, there be around 150,000 hatchback who are willing to pay extra and sacrifice practicality for a car boasting BMW’s driving dynamics.

That’s why the 1 is rear-wheel drive and why it boasts trademark 50:50 weight-distribution, though a longitudinal engine in line with the front is responsible for the appalling packaging. hard-core owners wouldn’t it any other way and the driving experience the class.

By relieving the front wheels of the to steer, BMW’s chassis have been able to a car with an unrivalled level of and finesse. Not even Audi’s sporting A3 can match the BMW when the starts to twist, and the taut, 1 Series also rides than its compatriot. Auntie might be cramped in the back, but sure to notice the smile on face.

Four different cylinder engines are available, six-cylinder options will later, together with a 2 coupe, an M2 and a convertible. The entry units are a 115-bhp 1.6-liter and an 122-bhp 1.8-liter turbodiesel. are slothful–the 116i takes a 10.8 sec. to reach 60 mph rest–and so, predictably, BMW didn’t let us them at the car’s launch.

Instead, we were tossed the to the 150-bhp 120i and the flagship now) 163-bhp 120d.

BMW 1-Series

these models boast gearboxes and performance more of the propeller badge. The 120i isn’t a hot hatchback–0 to 60 mph takes 8.7 it’s suitably nippy and its revving engine encourages the But good though the petrol is, it’s the diesel that’s the of the show.

The 120d costs #530 more than the 120i but offers vastly torque–251 lb-ft versus 147 It’s quicker to 60 mph (7.9 but more, significantly, it’s faster in the mid-range and therefore a more effective overtaking That it’s also frugal–49.6 versus 38.2 really the cherry on top of the icing on top of the

From the driver’s seat, hard not to fall for the 1 Series. The position is faultless and the fascia’s simple to use–BMW’s infuriating and iDrive system is only an The quality’s also top notch–despite its styling, the 1 Series feels a cut the Golf and a match for the A3.

The 1 Series is a strange mix of the sublime and the ridiculous. by traditional hatchback criteria–namely and versatility–the 1 Series is a hopeless and a Golf or an Audi A3 represents a far choice. But there is an intangible to this car that’s impossible to

Whereas the premium A3 feels a tarted up Golf, the 1 Series its own identity and feels every a BMW. And this sense of coupled with the sublime help it to justify its inflated tag. This BMW is a flawed but a diamond all the same.

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