Review BMW 125i Coupe New car

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REVIEW DATE: 27 фев 2008

125i may look a little odd but business as usual when it to making its rivals appear rate. Andy Enright


Compromise isn’t a dirty as far as the BMW 125i Coupe is concerned. quick enough for most, with a manageable price tag and is reasonably practical. If you can live the wilfully unorthodox styling, a car that has a lot to offer the enthusiast

If you’re much younger about 30 years of age, probably wondering why many BMW get so dewy-eyed over the old E30 generation BMW 3 The last of the really square Beemers, this car is revered by These same aficionados are now quite excited over the BMW 1 coupe, seeing it as a reincarnation of of the values preserved in the hallowed

Of course it’s a far more car with all that entails, but in the Coupe, BMW has produced a car with real old-school appeal.

all the best BMWs, there’s the weight distribution, derived the classic engine at the front, to the rear layout. Then you a great engine, a simple, cabin and a playful chassis. The you examine the car, the more you to the conclusion that BMW has worked to meld the best aspects of old and

You used to know where you with BMW badging. A BMW 325i was a Series with a 2.5-litre Sometime in the early Eighties, BMW to get into the habit of fudging issue. The 125i Coupe similar sleight of hand to the fact that under the front end, there’s not a two and a litre lump. Instead a rather high-tech 2,996cc of plumbing that will 218bhp.

In a car this small, a lot of power. True, it’s dwarfed by the 306bhp 135i topper, but it’s still to catapult the 125i to 60mph in 6.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 152mph. Do you need to go much faster?

The car rides on double-joint spring suspension at the front and a five-link at the rear, chosen to leave the degree of adjustability available to the engineers. Big power like in a compact rear wheel car is a recipe for big fun but also for the odd hairy

With this in mind, DSC dynamic stability control is and the two more gutsy engines get which includes various features to help with performance amongst other The traction control component of the DSC allows a degree of wheel before reining-in the throttle, will spur on the keen

The 3.0-litre 125i will be enough car for all but the most power-starved enthusiast..

From the A-pillar the 1 Series Coupe looks similar to the more familiar car with the bumper jutting from the plain of the grille and Below, the air intakes are more shaped and as you progress back the car’s length, the differences more pronounced. The booted of the car owes more to the 3 Series and Coupe than the 1 Series.

The car is 133mm longer than the that spawned it and the sharply windscreen, along with the rear, emphasise this. the boot lid, which is up into a subtle spoiler, the space is measured at 370 litres, 20 litres up on the hatch and there’s a split rear seat to add a of the hatchback’s practicality.

The interior hold few surprises for existing BMW The high quality materials and construction always impress and this general classiness makes it all feel special than any stand-out detailing. The controls for the entertainment and ventilation are confined to a panel ahead of the lever and the rest of the stuff you is clustered on or around the steering where it’s simple to on the road.

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Plump for the 125i and you’re faced with a of two trim levels. The starter is represented by the £23,425 SE model and this remains a very equipped car for the money, it’s to see that many buyers able to resist the extras up by the £25,280 M Sport derivative. adds 18-inch alloy sports seats and a body kit and really gives the 125i a bit of attitude.

Despite the punchy performance and car dynamics served-up by the 1 Series the car is still being positioned as an to the sportier side of BMW. at younger buyers who may otherwise gravitated towards the current of performance coupes or premium hatchbacks, the 1 Series Coupe has designed to offer a sophisticated but capable alternative. It’s to find too many viable for the 125i Coupe at that price point.

It’ll to a far more elitist customer an Audi TT and perhaps the nearest car in and performance is the significantly pricier 350Z.

BMW has built its name on the driving dynamics of its products but the is rapidly fashioning a second string to its bow in the area of engine Where competitors have to all kinds of weird and wonderful or alternative fuel technologies to the environmental challenge, BMW’s term efforts have on developing its conventional petrol and engines.

The result is EfficientDynamics, a collection of that when implemented have a startling effect of economy and emissions without performance. The 125i Coupe is in a league to most similarly rivals, managing 35.8mpg on the cycle and emitting 190g/km of

Insurance groups for the 1 Series will reflect its performance but costs are tempered somewhat by the residual values that we can expect the car to retain on the used With a low upfront price, badge equity and some good reviews, the 1 Series already looks set to be a winner as far as value is concerned. The diesel may well be the pick of the bunch as far as are concerned but the 125i is always to prove attractive to used with its combination of economy and

The styling takes a bit of getting to. Perhaps the steering could be a more feelsome. The brakes be meatier for sustained trackday Other than that, hard to find fault the BMW 1 Series Coupe and the 125i is a model that manages its very well.

Any car that can make the frankly 306bhp 135i Coupe a trifle redundant has to be something special indeed and the 3.0-litre will be plenty enough car for all but the power-starved performance enthusiast.

hard not to get excited by some and the 125i Coupe is one that to have the key elements of the recipe It’s quick, it’s good value for money and BMW has to create that brilliant of old-school appeal and relentlessly efficiency. Keep your eye on one.

It might well be for many years to come.


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