BMW 116i Review |CarAdvice

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BMW 116i Review

The BMW 116i is the cheapest way into the German brand, costing just

That brings an obvious does it feel like a version lacking classic BMW or is it a genuine luxury entry to the blue-and-white roundel?

The BMW 116i off a 1 Series range that come under increasing from new rivals in 2013, all-new versions of the Audi A3 and hatchbacked Mercedes-Benz A-Class into the premium small-car

Semi-premium brands will have fresh offerings: with the V40 and Volkswagen with the Golf .

Powered by a 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbo, the BMW 116i do with 100kW and 220Nm – power but more torque your average hatchback.

For the second generation of BMW’s range (which remains from a visual point of that power is sent – uniquely for the segment #8211; to the wheels, either via the standard manual or $3500 extra auto that 90 per cent of buyers will opt for.

Get and the direct and precise steering is BMW.

Drivers can change the response depending on the scenario. Eco mode and the weighting becomes lighter and ideal for suburban or parking. For enthusiastic driving, the Sport button brings a and more direct response, the accelerator pedal will give you more of the engine’s with much less

The smooth, precise-shifting manual is a driver’s delight, complemented by pedal positions and weighting help make changing a joy rather than a chore.

The torque curve also you can hold lower gears and rev it out to the and still enjoy linear delivery all the way to the end.

Although not a car by any stretch of the imagination, the combination of drive and a lively engine one of the more engaging cars for the

The BMW 116i is a car that feels than its officially quoted time of 8.5 seconds, particularly in-gear acceleration.

And despite pushing the BMW 116i to its deadline on a number of occasions our 500km test that encompassed long-distance driving, the BMW an average of 6.9L/100km compared its official combined city/highway of 5.7L/100km.

Helping this is a engine stop-start system is easy to get used to but can be switched off for owners who prefer not to use it.

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BMW has also ride quality despite the 1 continuing with run-flat that have had their share of criticism for adversely both steering and ride BMW 116i rides well poorly surfaced roads, if it’s by no means as cushy as a The BMW’s cornering ability at compensates.

We have at times criticised interior quality for being a too similar across the range, this is more of an issue you’re buying a 5 Series and a if you’re getting into a 1

Don’t expect leather in this luxury car, Cloth upholstery reflects the price tag.

The German equips all 1 Series variants a 6.5-inch full colour but you’ll need an additional to get satellite navigation (which uses the same screen). The infotainment system is the best in the to control your music or vehicle settings. You can quickly your smartphone via Bluetooth or it in via USB.

The six-speaker audio system is not too but we did notice that Bluetooth streaming was not available in our 116i, is disappointing given the hardware is there to make it happen.

the BMW 116i retails for $5900 than the 118i (and less than the 118d) it miss out on some basic such as rear parking automatic climate control, wipers and foglights.

It does, get the full compliment of safety that include driver and passenger airbags, head in the front and rear, side for driver and front passenger as as electronic stability control.

We found the BMW 116i provided than enough power and for a daily hatchback, and it uses 1.3L/100km more fuel the ultra frugal but costlier variant.

You’ll get more for your buck, of course, by a Volkswagen Golf, but the BMW 116i provide the badge cachet and a drive for a relatively affordable

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