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BMW 116i Sport : Company Car and Van

24 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on BMW 116i Sport : Company Car and Van
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BMW 116i Sport

It doesn#8217;t seem like seven years since BMW launched it#8217;s Golf competitor the 1 Series here in the UK. Initially, it didn#8217;t sell that well, but over time it became hugely successful, particularly in the fleet market, as a more exciting alternative to the aforementioned Golf Audi A3.

It wasn#8217;t without it#8217;s problems however, with the ride, rear passenger space boot capacity all severely compromised. And it is these three things in particular that BMW have sought to improve on the recently launched 1 Series Mk 2.

My test model was the petrol version 1.6 Sport, which arrived in a bright red col=our, with matching red trim inside an otherwise Darth Vader black cabin. The first thing I noticed is that he build quality which perhaps wasn#8217;t up yo BMW#8217;s normal high standards on the old 1 Series, has been much improved in this new model. The dash, levers, buttons, door pockets glove box are all well put together in looks, the cars interior is unmistakably a BMW.

The exterior too has been improved with a nod to the 5 Series at the front more rounded sweeping curves on both sides. The rear too is better to look at than before. It has increased in overall length by 83 mm which helps with it#8217;s looks outside as I discovered the rear space boot inside.

Indeed, it is in these two areas where BMW have finally got things right with the new 1, as it is now as my daughter said #8216; Walker friendly, #8216; meaning that the four of us can fit in it comfortably with all our stuff even using the split fold rear seats, get some IKEA in as well.

BMW 1-Series

It drives better too. It#8217;s more responsive, a hell of a lot more comfortable a lot more fun than before, with the ride a lot softer than before, without losing the fun to be had through corners. My test car was perhaps not a fleet managers first choice, which would likely be the 118d, but it still offered pretty good fuel economy, with a claimed 49.6 mpg.

My driving meant it was closer to 39.6 mpg, which is if nothing else, respectable. The 116d offers a combined return of 62.8 mpg as a comparison. It#8217;s quick too, with a 0 #8211; 60 mph time of 8.6 seconds, but feels faster thanks to it#8217;s low profile to the road.

As a comparison, the 118d Sport costs £23270, so it#8217;s a good 2K more for the diesel at only 13.2 mpg#8217;s better as well. However, the emissions on the 116i are 132g/km compared to the 118d#8217;s 117g/km, so a saving there at least

Is it the full monty. Not quite, but it is better than the car it replaces crucially has added more space, more comfort improved dynamics to what is a hugely fun car to drive. I would recommend the new 1 Series over both the Golf or A3, both of which I have owned, the main reason being that it#8217;s better to drive. It#8217;s only serious competitor  on this front, is actually the Alfa Giulietta, another great car to drive.

Overall a pleasing 4/5.

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