Review: BMW 123d Coupe | German Car Forum

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It is something of an irony that Audi grabs the headlines at Le BMW reaps some of the benefits by its time and money developing for the road that push the of diesel further with new unit. The new 123d model hot hatch output and performance alongside a parsimonious thirst.

In a of its own – Dave Jenkins


The controversy around the 1 from an aesthetic perspective is fuelled by this car#039;s From some angles actually quite pretty, but others (the front in it remains, at best, challenging. doesn#039;t seem to put people off as the 1 Series is now very common on our

Although it is meant to represent a and compact coupé, the 1 Series is of similar proportions to an old 3 Series. means the interior offers as much space as the old 3 Series and a generous boot into the

Engine Transmission:5/5

It#039;s the that grabs all the headlines The 335d had prepared us for the potential of the latest generation of diesels and the sheet had whetted our appetites but the actual driving experience left us deeply impressed. 200bhp and nearly 300lb.ft of are numbers worthy of any hot hatch or performance car; the fact are produced by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is remarkable, although time such figures become more common.

Using the same principals of turbo charging as the straight-six in the 335d, BMW has endowed this four-pot with a broad rev of usable performance. Anything 1,200rpm and the 123d moves a good deal of urgency and the linear delivery remains right up to the red line, which is set at an high 5,200rpm. Needless to the nature of the engine means aren#039;t essential; in-gear is very strong.

Given you don#039;t need to stir the that much, the fact the enjoys one of the finest gearshifts we can in a BMW in recent times is something of an The downside would be that the is a little louder than lower rated versions, but not so, retaining a relaxing cruise and good manners.

Formerly, assuming you could one, a performance coupé a diesel engine would been sold purely on an basis, with a shortfall in being seen as a worthwhile However, in this case the BMW offers pace akin to of a VW Golf GTI whilst still the virtues of economy, averaging during our test, and therefore low and tax loading.

Ride Handling: 4/5

we drove the M Sport suspended of the 130i we found it perhaps too for the B-road fun we#039;d expect a BMW to The 1 Series Coupé is perhaps stiffer than the hatch and so some of the same issues on roads and gets caught out over ridges during cruising as well. However, the and body control is better and is no noticeable deterioration over the ride – outright ability actually is improved.

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The kerb weight of over is something of a disappointment, but doesn#039;t to be too detrimental: the grip, agility and all impress and on a smooth and flowing the 1 Series Coupé is a very car to drive. More steering – something of a recurring on virtually every new car now – be nice. It#039;s also that BMW has given the Coupé a nature; all too willing to wag its tail very little provocation.

This tendency can be reined in or via the three stages of traction on, partially disabled and fully

Equipment, Economy Value for 4/5

The standard equipment list everything the majority of buyers expect. Cruise control is an feature for cars of this but it remains an option. Given the rear parking sensors are a option too.

As is usual for a performance coupé it is priced above the hot hatch market and at least the same appeal in of driving and performance. In terms of costs, relatively lengthy periods, 40-plus mpg ability, low tax and should make the 1 Series an appealing ownership proposition.


Racking our brains and scanning the price lists left us a very short list of rivals for the BMW 123d. No other car the same blend of performance, and dynamic ability. We#039;ll short of saying BMW has created a new but until cars from VW and enter the fray the 1 Series does enjoy something of a reign.

Looks really good in pics and the review reads for the car – good work This thing will be a hit the globe over!

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