BMW 130i Sport – Review New – Motoring – theage.com.au

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BMW 130i Sport

BMW’s new Sport is for serious drivers, CAMERON McGAVIN.

Hot hatch

For: Strong and sweet brilliant handling, well classy cabin ambience

Expensive, cramped back average boot space

4 stars (see ratings key

After almost fading during the 1990s, the hot hatch has really started to gather in recent years. And with looking to smaller cars than ever, and models as Ford’s Focus XR5 Turbo, Astra Turbo Coupe and 3 MPS soon to stir the pot, the appears likely to continue.

130i Sport is arguably the hatch around. Instead of the but soft 2.0-litre fours in regular 1-Series models, the Sport has the new 3.0-litre six recently in the 3-Series, with a hefty 195 kW of

It’s a tantalising prospect for drivers – the 1-Series’ rear-wheel-drive chassis is the acknowledged car standard-setter, and now it has the power to make the of it. With only 120 coming to this year, it’s to be exclusive, too.

The 130i however, is in a different arena to hot hatches when it comes to At $62,900, it’s about more than its 120i and traditional hot hatches such as the Golf GTI. Mazda’s Nissan’s 350Z and a host of excellent sports drives can be had for the same price.

BMW justifies of the value concerns by giving the Sport a healthy equipment Power leather sports a chunky leather M Sport wheel, climate control, computer, cruise control, parking sensors, Xenon 17-inch alloys and a six-stack CD system are all standard. Safety is covered by six airbags, ABS and electronic such as stability/traction control.

We’re already big fans of new magnesium/aluminium-block 3.0-litre six, and in the Sport it finds a happy Power is up 5 kW to 195 kW over the 330i thanks to a freer breathing, sounding exhaust. And with 1375 kg to propel, it can do the 0-100 sprint in a claimed (and 6.1 seconds.

A six-speed manual is the only transmission available.

On the road the 130i pulls and smoothly from low revs, has a mid range and screams to 7000 rpm barely disguised aggression.

The manual is a good partner for the six, with quick and if slightly notchy, shifts and a mix of ratios.

The BMW will burn up to 15 km in hard driving, but gentle and highway use returned a frugal 9.7 km, impressively close to the official

No complaints, either, about the way the Sport handles the demands of a road. With precise, weighted steering, strong massive grip and a finely sense of balance, it’s supremely capable and very

The price to be paid for the BMW’s road-holding is its ride, which to absorb low-speed bumps and a touch edgy around At highway speeds, though, the shows an impressive tolerance for back roads.

The cabin, its unique trim and leather seats, looks classy and highly for front-seat space and seating/steering adjustability and sitting of the Assembly is first rate but of the plastics don’t live up to the tag.

Then there’s the well-documented lack of back and boot space. It’s of an issue in the overtly sporty but it’s hard not to feel by the laughably tight foot, and leg space, and the boot’s average despite the lack of a spare

Such quibbles pale in the of how well the 130i Sport its role as a driver’s car. it is costly by hot hatch standards, but the driving nous and flair with cars costing more.

Nuts ‘n’ – BMW 130i Sport

How $62,900 (man only) options and on-road costs.

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Premium $869 (RACV owned, driver 40-plus, one, medium-risk suburb, excess).

Warranty: 2 years/unlimited km.

3.0-litre, double overhead 24-valve six-cylinder. 195 kW at 6600 rpm and 315 Nm at rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed manual,

Steering: Rack and pinion, 3.1 lock to lock. Turning 10.7 m.

Brakes: Ventilated (f); ventilated discs (r) ABS EBD and BA.

Suspension: Independent front and

Wheels/Tyres: Alloy. F: 17×7.0 and R: inch. Tyres. F: 205/50 and R: No spare.

How big? Length: mm, Width: 1751 mm, Height: mm, Wheelbase: 2660 mm.

How heavy? kg.

How thirsty? 9.2 L/100 km, premium Fuel tank 53 litres.

Six airbags; stability/ traction climate-control air conditioning; power seats; trip computer; control; six-stack CD player; parking sensors; immobiliser.

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