BMW 120d – Mini Test Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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BMW 120

BMW 120d

The ultimate diesel

BMW hasn’t offered a diesel in one of its U.S.-bound cars since the in the mid-80s. So it’s no surprise the company isn’t exactly for oil burners on this side of the In the old country, every BMW model, for the 6-series, can be had with a diesel. In many Europeans willingly pay for a diesel.

If you’re thinking to What kind of person sully a perfectly good BMW by it with a diesel? you’re not We were more than a bit about the 1-series diesel Robert Bosch Corporation off at our Ann Arbor offices.

The thought of a small-displacement diesel exactly lead to any shoving in front of our car board (that’s we hang the keys to our test Nor will a 2.0-liter diesel the road-test editor to arrange to the car delivered secretly to his home on a to guarantee he will get to drive it all Clearly, this wasn’t an we were … to experience.

After all, Volkswagen’s 1.9-liter diesel and the formerly 134-hp, 2.0-liter diesel although fuel efficient, arouse us in any meaningful way. the BMW 2.0-liter diesel that in the 120d proved to be a pleasant

We were unaware that the diesel had a respectable 161 horsepower and an 251 pound-feet of torque. This, is more than can be mustered by the gasoline engine (147 147 pound-feet of torque) in the 120i. It about 30 seconds of driving to realize that the 2.0-liter in the 1-series is actually a performance

BMW 120

This 2.0-liter feels 50 percent larger than the infer as it pulls defiantly all the way to the peak at 4000 rpm. little reason to press on four grand as the thrust off precipitously. At lower revolutions, and a moment of turbo lag, a fueled by 251 pound-feet of torque breaks out at 2000 rpm. The hits hard and arrives like a phone tossed to you by a Russell Crowe.

The narrow Michelin tires don’t a chance of reining in the …’s and they end up screeching until the control dials back the Acceleration to 60 takes 7.1 seconds, the quarter-mile arriving in 15.6 at 89 mph. The 5-to-60-mph time a bit longer, 8.4 seconds, as the rolling doesn’t allow the car to be brake-torqued (in from a stop, one’s foot holds the brake as the right increases throttle), effectively eliminates turbo

Our 120d came with an six-speed automatic. It’s a automatic, as the 120d doesn’t the sequential-manual gearbox that you around like a used-car The automatic makes the most of the power, is quick to downshift, and has a override if you think you can do better.

Many of us hadn’t driven the 1-series, and we were pleasantly by this least expensive It’s interesting to note the 120d doesn’t have with its more expensive Absent are such things as anti-roll bars, electronically damping, active steering, cruise control, the aforementioned and of course the exasperating iDrive, rivals HAL 9000 for its love of input.

We didn’t miss any of these and in celebrated their absence. the 1-series does have is a rigid structure, easy-to-use strong brakes, fleet-footed precise steering, and entertaining Those are the traits that put BMW on the and they are all there unfettered by second-guessing.

Add the torquey and efficient (we got 27 mpg over 350 miles), and you have a BMW that is closer to the Ultimate Machine ideal than costing twice its price.

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