BMW 116i review « CAR magazine Blog

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The first I laid eyes on the BMW 1 Series I didn’t like the looks. No, I that’s an understatement … kind of saying Lady Gaga’s dress was wasn’t really in the media.

Thankfully it is what is that opinion dividing that truly surprises.

By the I got the review unit 116i model from BMW, in the blue and white trim the ads shown (the ones those Arian twins) I the looks were going to be the of my problems. I have never a fan of the 1 Series hatch (the and convertible are another story); it our roads in 116i and 118i with mediocre engines, interiors and black trim like you’re driving a Sentra circa ’96.

the new model looks a lot better, but a catch. It looks a lot better Urban/Sport kits (the 1 is the first BMW to feature “BMW opening up a whole world of If you don’t spec it with one of it looks like a marshmallow spent too much time in the

It’s one of those Jerseylicious who need to get tarted up to look something you’d take public.

That said, the new 1 is all-new from the ground up, and takes the best from the car and builds on that. The new car is available a host of technological Connected options from their models, so you can spec it up with the in what they call entertainment and safety options.

One of the changes is the choice of engines – the new is currently available in a choice of two engines: a 116i and 118i. let the nomenclature fool you, models use the 1.6-litre four-cylinder featuring Twinscroll turbo and the latest in BMW’s arsenal of The 116i delivers 100 kW and 220 N.m of torque and baby cheeses, what an

The 118i pushes out 125 kW and 250 N.m. I can say that these new range of will definitely feature, if not 2012 Engine of the Year. The (in manual guise) will 0-100 km/h in 8,5 seconds and up to a top of 210 km/h.

There is also a choice of an automatic, which should be a fit on the diesel.

Although not yet tested, the unit is also a four-cylinder out 135 kW and 350 N.m of torque.

For every day driving, I fathom why 99 per cent of the buyers need anything other the 116i. It’s a change in but the turbos do such an amazing job at the power on tap whenever you need it no turbo lag to speak of. It’s for city driving, and you don’t like the engine is strained the weight of the car.

I cannot this engine enough mainly because it was such a in how strong it was in delivery through the rev as well as being a surprisingly when you needed it to be.

I thoroughly enjoyed the six-speed gearbox; solid shifts and a BMW clutch action made it for city driving. You’re to do a little more work on the to keep speeds above the speed limit but once cruising the real joys of kick in for some stellar consumption. I managed just 8,0 litres/100 km, and mixed spirited and driving, with a mostly driving bias.

Anyone would no doubt do a lot better.

The is a very comfortable place to be. The of materials are much improved, more soft squishy materials, and the rest is typical BMW The look and feel of the interior is, in my much better than the 3 Series in terms of ergonomics and the that it’s not as boring as a box of

The person who specced out my test seemed to have ADD when out the car (Urban Line, fog lamps, headlamps, comfort access, Drive, iDrive, reverse front and rear parking sunroof, extra digital Harman Kardon sound and the goes on). Every option box was ticked, and sadly, you find yourself doing the

The car comes rather brick and leaving you to finish it off as you see fit. a few of the options I’d take, the climate comfort access, xenon with very distinctive LED lights, BMW’s iDrive Drive integration is noticeably and the whole system with integration and easy pairing iPhone, was pretty damn at getting most commands

It’s the best system at recognition I’ve tested, and can mostly be attributed to BMW calibrating the in the UK, instead of the US. High fives all chaps.

Rear seating is also improved, as it was one of the criticisms of the model, but it is still a hatchback so six-foot friend would scuff knees if you’re a driver. Not a train smash, you be driving with them

BMW 116

Where the BMW has always excelled is dynamics, is with the unique wheel drive set up, and the new 1 builds on even further. It boasts suspension technology, with a cross-strut front axle MacPherson struts and sway and a five-link rear axle.

It has a wider track than its at both front and rear, and the perfect 50:50 weight helps to translate the dynamic of the rear-wheel-drive layout into an responses and a more comfortable compared with the predecessor In short, it’s a refreshing of dynamic ability and comfort of the normal choice of rubber of incredibly-low profile tyres).

is a standard “Driving experience” button next to the gear and this changes some of the and electronics of the car to suite the mode Normal, Eco). There’s a distinct difference between the and there are some very touches in ECO mode. The new digital in instrument cluster of most new can show multiple bits of one of which is tangible things how many kilometres you’ve to the tank range by driving brake regeneration indicator, as as whether you should let up on the accelerator or gears.

Steering feedback and feel is on perfect due to the fairly “normal” selection so you don’t feel you’re turning the Titanic. brakes are complemented by a host of safety systems (ABS, DBC, DTC). On the safety as you’d expect, the standard package comprises front side airbags built the seatbacks, front and rear airbags, three-point automatic in all seats, front seatbelt limiters and pre-tensioners, and Isofix seat mountings in the rear.

As cars go, this is one of the few cars I thoroughly see fitting into my with zero compromise. I imagine it getting any more than the 116i Urban. about the price, but otherwise currently the category market by a very long shot.

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