Test BMW 125i Cabriolet | Motors TV

24 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Test BMW 125i Cabriolet | Motors TV

BMW 125i Cabriolet test

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Here you can see the much-anticipated latest version of BMW’s 1 Series. After the 5 door, 3 door and coupe, we now have the cabriolet

What it now means is that there are now more cabriolets in the BMW range than any time in the marque’s history, with the 1 Series joining the Z4, the 3 Series and the 6 Series. This latest version of the 1 Series is based on the coupe that we tried a short while back. BMW has opted for a soft top, which is no bad thing with most of the coupe’s stylish lines are retained.

With the folding mechanism and added strength, the convertible picks up an additional 115 kilosmore on that later, but suffice to say that you can really feel it.

The roof goes down in 22 seconds, which is far from market leading, but the real plus point is that it can operates at anything up to 40km/h. It’s only available in two colours either the standard black or beige. There’s also an ‘anthracite’ option, which gives the material a reflective glint. (Roof opens.)

Get the roof down and it’s instantly recognisable as a 1 Series. The drop-top gets a special climate control system that adjusts the temperature dependent on your speed, the amount of sunshine and the exterior temperature.

BMW has also come up with an optional leather upholstery that stays some 20 degrees cooler than standard leather. Meanwhile, the windstop is very useful

In terms of it’s looks, this 1 Series has us well and truly seduced here at Maxi Test, but we know that it’s not to everyone’s taste. Despite that, its lines are undeniably dynamic, with the rear being particularly successful.

At launch, 5 engines are available, of which one is a diesel a 177bhp, 2 litre unit and 4 petrol engines: With no 3 litre engine available, we opted for the 218bhp 3litre.

The interior is the same as for the coupe and we have no qualms over the quality of the finish. There are four trim levels available: Comfort, Excellis, Luxe and Sport Design. The 1 Series cabriolet is a 4-seater.

There is room for two adults in the rear, but you wouldn’t want to travel too far.

On the small roads of Southern Corsica, we were able to really experience the essence of the car. The 125i is very playful, with lively steering and a playful rear end. Once you turn off all the driver aids, you can feel the quality of the chassis. And the engine noise is equally impressivebut the engine itself quickly finds its limit, mainly as a result of the weight of the car. At 1585kg, the brakes lack bite.

You also feel a lack of rigidity at certain times. In contrast, the gearbox is precise, even if the stepping deserved more attention. Despite these characteristics, we do like its dynamic road holdingbut we can’t help feeling that up aganst an Audi A3 2.0 TFSi, the 125i could come a little unstuck

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