BMW 118d Urban Review

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BMW 118d Urban Review

Still cramped in rear, and desirable options might your budget

In October the first BMW 1-Series was introduced in It was the first time BMW had ever a vehicle line sized and below the 3-Series (although it be remembered that the 1967 BMW was physically smaller). Apart being a BMW with all that in terms of style, cachet, and dynamism, the 1-Series was unique in the for its rear-wheel drive configuration.

Few of any price offered a more driving experience: it was a little

The problem though was that was little room in the rear With a tall driver, was inadequate room for even an size person directly Now, with the second 1-Series available locally, issue has been partially because the latest car is more while retaining every bit of its dynamic and sporty character.

For the time in the world, a small car is with an eight-speed automatic While many buyers prefer the standard six-speed the majority will doubtless two-pedal motoring. The new 1-Series superior value for money to its predecessor. BMW Australia offers a range of choice with different engines and two new variants, and Urban.

There is no space here to equipment and specification but suffice it to say the starting price of the 118d on test was $46,100 without its optional equipment: it is easy to $60K to get your individualised into your driveway.

could only be a BMW and its overall of long bonnet and short overhang convey a strong drive character. The rakish embodies BMW#8217;s famous kink at the rear of the side

From front-on, the BMW character is distinctive with the large kidneys and stylish double-round It has more road presence you expect in such a small The wide tracks, wide and low overall height give it an demeanour, more suggestive of a car than a shopping trolley.

The high gloss white, face 17-inch alloys are BMW has long been renowned for driver-focused cabins and this one is a Very high quality are evident throughout.


This new car is 85 mm longer and 30 of goes into the wheelbase for the of rear occupants. Ingress and are much improved. Having this, it#8217;s still not all comfortable in the rear seat for a person sitting behind a driver, 30 mm not being sufficient to this problem completely.

technically small cars as the Holden Cruze and Hyundai now offer remarkable rear space but we believe BMW will not to worry, such is the charisma of latest 1-Series; there may not be inches but every one of them BMW! Luggage capacity is up by 10 per to 360 litres. This can be expanded to litres by lowering the 60/40 rear seats to give a surface extending all the way to the front

There are more storage too, but it is still not an area BMW excels.  The combination and cloth upholstery has a sporty, feel and appearance. The long of standard equipment includes a iDrive system with a of menu buttons to make it less counter-intuitive, and a free-standing monitor, dual-zone climate cruise control and a good system.

This is a cosy cabin in the sense and lacks the austerity was once characteristic of BMWs.


It takes a stretch of to recall that diesel were once rattly, and gave lacklustre performance. BMW is at the of common rail diesel technology and this great four is fantastic.

Maximum doesn#8217;t look astonishing on at 105 kW but the 320 Nm of torque that is the backbone of the performance is on tap from 1750 rpm to 2500.

Not only does make for linear performance just off idle through to rpm, but the eight-speed automatic maximises the engine#8217;s opportunities, for example, a very low first for rapid initial acceleration. to 100 km/h takes about 9 but average fuel consumption is rated at 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres: it the best of both worlds for a small car.

Ride Handling

At the heart of the of all BMWs is the driving experience. The delivers in spades. The weight, and accuracy of the steering is perfect.

drive became rare in class of car a long time but the configuration is a key element of BMW philosophy.

balance front to rear the 1-Series apart from front-drivers. There is no feeling of The ride comfort is very for the size of the vehicle.

Mark Bee-Emm 9 out of 10 for dynamics.

This is the choice among small and rear passengers#8217; rights get compromised in the process.



Cruise Control with Brake Function

Electronic Differential Lock


First Aid Kit


Metallic Finish Inserts

Control Screen –

On-board Computer


Tyre Pressure Sensor


12V Sockets –

17 Alloy Wheels

6 Speaker

ABS (Antilock Brakes)

Adjustable Col. (Tilt Reach)

– in Rear Glass

– Front Centre

Armrest – Rear (Shared)

Audio – Aux Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)

Audio Aux Input USB Socket

Audio Input for iPod

Audio MP3 Decoder

Bluetooth System


Brake Emergency – Hazard/Stoplights

Brakes Regenerative

Cargo Net

Cargo Tie Hooks/Rings

Central Locking Once Mobile

Central – Remote/Keyless

Chrome Tip

Chrome Grille Surround

Control – with Function (limiter)

Cup Holders 1st Row

Disc Brakes Front

Door Pockets – 1st row

Door Pockets – 2nd row

Drive By Wire (Electronic Control)

Electronic Differential

Engine – Stop System (When at idle)


First Aid Kit

Heated Jets

Illuminated – with Fade

Leather Wheel

Lock Nuts

Finish Inserts

Multi-function Screen – Colour


Power Door – Heated

Power – Electric Assist

Windows – Remote Open/Close

Rain Sensor wipers)

Rear View – Electric Anti

Rear Wiper/Washer

Remote Release

Remote Fuel Lid

Starter Button – Proximity

Storage Compartment Centre Console 1st Row

Sunvisor Vanity Mirror for Driver

– Vanity Mirror for


Tail Lamps LED

Trim – Cloth


Tyre Pressure

Tyres – Runflat

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