BMW 116d | Auto Express

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Cheap to run and superb to – the 1 Series is a fantastic all-rounder made an equally strong on its second test outing. looks and a functional interior it’s the least fashionable – but a rakish three-door model help compensate for any lack of

The BMW 1 Series was crowned Best Family Car at our New Car Awards, and confirmed its as one of the finest all-round cars on with a narrow victory the Volvo V40. But does mean it can hold off the rejuvenated A3 ?

On paper, these two fierce are closely matched and there’s to separate them when it to visual appeal.

Both plain and conservative when alongside the striking V40. like the A3, the latest 1 Series most of its styling cues to company design trends. triangular headlights flank the kidney grilles at the front, at the rear, wide, body-coloured give the car a road-hugging stance.

EfficientDynamics model looks to the more powerful 116d and versions, as it features the same 16-inch alloy wheels and exhaust.

A three-door version of the ED has hit showrooms. It benefits from a roofline and slightly lower but access to the cabin is more than in the five-door, particularly for passengers.

Once you’re inside, none of the wow factor you get in the Audi, a lot of black plastic covering the and the layout is functional rather stylish.

However, the fixed colour display is bigger and than the pop-up screen in the A3, the iDrive controller is almost as to use on the move as the Audi’s MMI sytem. The dashboard is also logically out, while the switchgear with well engineered

Like most premium the 1 Series doesn’t come as equipped as the V40. Key features cruise control, sat-nav and are only available in expensive packages. Still, essentials air-con, Bluetooth and a USB music are all included as standard – as is a keyless button.

The low driving position is close to and there’s plenty of adjustment for the and seat, so getting comfortable is a However, rear passengers not find it quite so easy. The BMW has headroom than the V40, but is a little tight, despite the that its wheelbase is the longest of the cars here.

The high transmission tunnel means those sitting in the seat get less room for feet. Still, the five-door provides more straightforward to the rear bench than in the A3.

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That extra length has put to good use in the boot, as the BMW is capable of 100 litres more than the A3 the rear bench folded – at 1,200 litres – while touches like the bottle-sized pockets give it an edge the Audi.

That slender is extended out on the road, where the powered 116d ED proves a big horsepower figure is not always for an engaging drive. The well ride and quick steering make the BMW feel wonderfully and provide plenty of feedback. also lots of grip, the brakes are smooth and progressive.

It was over a second slower the A3 in our in-gear tests at the track, but it wanted for straight-line performance on the In fact, the six-speed manual well chosen ratios and a dose of torque mean the 1 feels almost as responsive as the Audi.

It trails the Audi and on refinement, especially when the is idling. However, the BMW is still a long-distance choice, with its ride and seats.

The modest power output translates to affordable running Standard stop-start technology and a of EfficientDynamics tweaks helped the return an impressive 48.6mpg, CO2 emissions of 99g/km mean it for a free tax disc.

This efficiency also makes the BMW the choice for company users. On top of there’s great-value fixed-price strong residual values and a list price. Combine with decent practicality, an image and sharp driving and the 1 Series continues to make a case for itself at the top of the class.

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