Winding Road | Driven: 2008 BMW 123d

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BMW 1-Series

Driven: 2008 BMW 123d

would really like car. The BMW 1-Series is a fantastic creature, and we like it so much it earned the honor of being one of our cars in 2008. Furthermore, the automotive marketplace is in dire of more fuel-efficient vehicles, and slowly starting to see clean cars trickle into our from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and

Looking past the oil-burning the 1-Series hatchback configuration is more useful than the coupe and convertible options we have currently. Americans are starting to warm up to the idea of and small wagonsit’s now a well-known that SUVs are not the only tool for $200 grocery What’s more, we think would find much to like about a small, five-door than the seemingly BMW X6 or even the upcoming 5-Series GT, don’t provide much in the way of or utility, and carry ultra-premium points.

That being said, how we possibly not fall in love a diesel-powered, three-door 1-Series? astonishingly fun to drive, surprisingly and actually has usable cargo Oh, and it’s quite adorable, in bright blue.

BMW just their new 335d and X5 xDrive35d, of which are powered by diesel And while their fuel is decently impressive, hitting the 30 miles per gallon mark, the found in our three-door 123d was a honey and warrants some attention. Power comes a 2.0-liter twin-turbo-diesel four for 201 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

To put it in that’s roughly equal to a Volkswagen GTI, but with 90 more torques that on in full swing between and 2250 rpm. As far as dimensions go, the is roughly the same size as a GTI inside and out. The portly Bimmer weighs in at 3274 which puts it in the same class as the Volkswagen.

The four-cylinder diesel engine’s characteristics are quite different what Americans are used to in the 128i and 135i which use powerplants. On a particularly engaging road, we found ourselves fourth gear for the most allowing us to keep the engine’s planted around the 2200 rpm spot, even moving fifth gear while turns.

There’s no need to rev the past 3000 rpm, as the band really starts to cut off the you get to the 4500 rpm redline. The maximum 201 may be fully delivered at 4400 but we preferred to leave the gear in place during passing since the torque thrust is so rewarding. BMW says that the will scoot from a to 60 miles per hour in just 6.9 number we were nearly to achieve without even close to the redline in each

Our test car was optioned out in M Sport which is standard fare on the American 135i and will be an available option for 128i The combination of a slightly stiffer and attractive seventeen-inch wheels was welcomed, and the 123d always poised and planted while tossed around.

The little BMW has direct and on-point steering was only aided by the fact the M Sport steering wheel is one of the nicest-diameter helms we’ve with in quite some We can’t wait for American to be able to experience this on own 128is, especially since feel is one of the most valuable points found in any automobile.

The diesel power is really half the story with 1-Seriesthe fact that it is so and so eager to be tossed about it a very attractive choice for driving. Having nearly 300 of torque ready at just rpm is simply the icing on the cake.

M hotness aside, the interior of our was a fresh change of pace to the overly-loaded BMWs that American dealer lots. It was a treat to have supportive seats, turn-dial HVAC no iDrive, and not a single cup holder in the car. (Okay, maybe last one got on our nerves once or If BMW could bring over like these in the 1-Series and it at a lower price point, it indeed be quite a treat.

When the folks at Bosch over the keys to the 123d, we told that our combined economy would be somewhere in the of 45 mpg. And while our recorded (39 mpg) may not be as high as the numbers on the spec sheet, we must that we weren’t exactly for the sake of fuel efficiency.

so, we can’t find much with being able to get 39 mpg still being able to in a way that left smiles on our faces.

As BMW moves forward their small car and diesel for America, we would really to be earmarked for a four-cylinder 1-Series potentially with the model’s refresh predicted to happen 2011. Who knows, maybe won’t be so salty about power, and maybe hatchbacks just be for trendy college who use MacBooks anymore.

If the 123d taught us anything, that there’s a lot to like this sort of product After hearing all the buzz surrounded the Volkswagen Jetta TDI in past year, it would be a for the folks in Munich to miss out on an like this. America is ready for small diesel and we can’t think of a better way for BMW to our demand than in the 1-Series.

BMW 118

BMW 123d M SPORT

Engine: inline-4, 2.0 liters, 16v

Output: 201 lb-ft

Transmission: Six-speed

0-62 MPH: 6.9 seconds

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