BMW 118d Review |CarAdvice

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BMW 118d Review

Pros: handling; firm but acceptable torquey engine; excellent auto; fuel efficiency

doubtful whether even inside BMW’s HQ in Germany who the green light to the BMW 1-Series thought it would be such a hit when it originally launched in

After all, there more than a few detractors, long-time BMW aficionados and enthusiasts who see the car as a ‘proper’ BMW, and questioned the for anything smaller than the BMW 3 Series model. (They#8217;ll go it again no doubt with the front-wheel-drive BMW being twinned the third-generation new Mini, but that#8217;s story.)

History has well and proved the sceptics wrong, the first-generation 1-Series notching up a 1,219,365 global sales its eight-year model life.

And that might be a tad longer the average life-cycle these the all-new, second-generation BMW 1 Series has well worth the wait with a raft of improvements should ensure this iteration should prove as successful.

For starters, BMW’s 1-Series maintains its distinct over its closest competitors in the compact segment: it’s a engine/rear-wheel-drive set-up with a 50:50 weight balance and low of gravity, and as such, offers driving dynamics.

There are two engines used the three variants that up the 1-Series hatch range includes two variations of BMW’s new four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel that in our 118d test car.For the 118d is the only diesel in a three-model hatchback range launched last October coupe 1-Series isn#8217;t for a little while yet).

its miserly official rate of (combined) betters the 116i and 118i (5.8L/100km) petrol though it doesn#8217;t lose any in the driving stakes.

Although only 105kW of power not much more than a Corolla #8211; 320Nm of guarantees plenty of punch out of the and even more impressive acceleration #8211; thanks to peak torque of 320Nm in from as low as 1750rpm. Like of the new-generation diesels, the 118d a lot punchier than its 0-100km/h of 8.9 seconds might otherwise

Jump on the throttle (something want to do quite often in car) and there’s minimal lag and enough grunt on tap to produce feels more like a than a super-efficient oil-burner. And CO2 emissions of 118g/km you won#8217;t to feel too guilty about enthusiastically.

The smooth-revving four-cylinder turbo is happy, in a petrol-like way, to out to its 5400rpm redline, though the mid-range means there’s really any great need to full throttle in the 118d overtaking a B-Double on the freeway.

to the task of shifting our 118d car is the rapid-shifting eight-speed automatic which is another first for the With so many gear on offer, there’s always of ‘go’ without the need for the to continuously  ‘hunt’ for the correct ratio. The downside is that a $2695 option over the fit six-speed manual transmission, but a option well worth

Stop/start technology is also to help improve consumption, while it’s fine for periods, but best left if you face long periods in traffic, otherwise you may find it intrusive and downright annoying.

Of how fuel efficient you truly to be depends on your driving.

than likely, you’ll yourself switching between Pro’, ‘Comfort’ and ‘Sport’ modes, depending on traffic and conditions at the time. Choosing Pro’ will retard response, as well as more spent in the higher gear for lower fuel consumption. In mode, throttle response is more aggressive, and shift are extended before changing up.

You can also choose to shift using the sequential shift but we found the ‘Sport’ mode to be the option when outright is a priority.

BMW doesn#8217;t refer to the as a performance variant in the same way it say, a 135i, or even the

But when it comes to chassis and the way this thing handles the 118d is every bit the consummate

The steering is beautifully weighted and to respond, without being sensitive. That allows for a deal of driver involvement the opportunity allows drivers to on a little. The car feels balanced and under moderate to high while the brakes offer a of composure under load few other cars in this enjoy.

Ride quality is like with most it never feels rigid, or This is a very supple that offers a decent of comfort over almost all That’s especially so when it to potholes; small or large, are completely absorbed by the strut and multi-link rear suspension

The only irritation is with the Run tyres on this car; we accept the benefits of being to drive on a flat, they what is otherwise a superb

From a styling perspective, the has never been considered most aesthetically pleasing While the new generation car is certainly contemporary in design, it#8217;s no Cinderella.

It’s a larger car all (85mm longer) on a 30mm wheelbase and slightly wider for comfort.

Rear seat an issue with the original remains nothing special that wheelbase increase, the rear-wheel-drive architecture also a large transmission tunnel any foot space for the middle

On the plus side, there#8217;s 10 per more luggage space good height and depth for boxed items. Fold the split rear seats and the 118d#8217;s 360-litre cargo grows to a sizeable 1200-litres area. That means objects such as surfboards, and snowboards can be easily swallowed the rear hatch.

The front has been widened by 5.1cm and the track by 7.2 centimetres, so apart the contribution of those slightly dimensions to the 118d’s excellent it also has a more masculine

The new front-end treatment, including grille, more pronounced and deeper front apron have more road than the first-generation car, the rear end styling remains similar.

The side view better, too, with a character line running the taillight assembly through to the wheel arch, which increases the car’s masculinity and appeal over the previous

Our test car was optioned with BMW calls the Urban Line, includes various design such as the white kidney in the grille and a white trim bar at the of the centre air intake and on the rear trim. Other standout in this option pack a superb sports leather wheel and gloss white wheels.

Inside, there are of metallic accents and piano trim to at least make the interesting, but it still doesn’t quite as premium as it should.

behind the wheel though and very easy to forget any shortfalls in the look and feel The sports leather seats are of the best in the business and position the deep into the car. also superbly bolstered and your torso firmly in whenever enthusiasm gets the of you.

Yes, there are typically of options you can choose from for 1-Series, but the standard kit inventory lacking in any way. Highlights a 6.5-inch colour monitor to iDrive, Bluetooth phone and streaming with additional USB Automatic climate control microfilter, park distance – rear, automatic headlights and anti-dazzle rear vision and 17-inch BMW light alloy with run flat tyres.

safety is well catered too, with a full of active and passive safety

It’s difficult to think of a combination when it comes to performance, ride and handling and economy in the luxury compact than what BMW’s delivers.

Rear seat will be an issue for those looking for good rear-seat however, while it#8217;s noting you could buy the quite Volkswagen Golf GTI for similar

Until the new Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz come along in the next 12 or so, however, the BMW 1-Series is the best bet for looking for an affordable hatchback a premium badge on the rump.

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