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BMW 1 Series 118i Sport 5dr Petrol Hatchback

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Including:
  • 3 Years Insurance
  • 3 Years Servicing
  • 3 Years Tax
  • 3 Years Warranty
£1,499 Advance Payment

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Fuel: Petrol

Body: Hatchback
Trans: Manual

Velour floor mats, Rain sensor including auto headlights activation, Dynamic Traction Control - DTC, Anti roll bar front and rear, Speed limiter, Eco pro mode, On board computer, Auto dimming rear view mirror...

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MPG

Combined - 47 mpg EC Extra Urban - 66 mpg EC Urban - 40.

Insurance Group

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Performance (BHP)

BHP rates the engine performance of vehicles and stands for the brake horsepower.

CO2 (g/km)

CO2 is the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the vehicle in grams per kilometre travelled, the lower the CO2 emissions the cleaner the vehicle is for the environment.

Number Of Seats

The total number of seats in the vehicle.

Road Tax

Road Tax is based upon the CO2 emissions of the vehicle and is split into 13 bands from A to M. The higher the letter the greater the cost of tax paid to drive the vehicle on public roads. In addition to the road tax detailed below, any vehicle that had a manufacturers retail price in excess of &321;40,000 when first sold, attracts a road tax supplement of an additional &321;320 per year. This is charged until the vehicle is 6 years old.

Ten Second Review

BMW is a company that always used to try and do things differently, a refreshing trait in a sea of automotive sameness. The Bavarian brand's reputation as the purveyor of 'The Ultimate Driving Machine' was once fundamentally built around rear wheel drive but this third generation 1 Series is defiantly front-driven. A package that's claimed to be optimum in the base petrol 118i guise we test here.

Background

Why the change away from front wheel drive here? Well, lots of reasons really. BMW wanted more return for its investment in front-wheel drive architecture. And at the same time, the brand was uncomfortably aware of just how much the packaging limitations of rear wheel drive - cramped space for luggage and back seat passengers - were hobbling the 1 Series in comparison to its more conventional Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class rivals. All of which seemed a bit pointless given BMW's own research showing 80% of 1 Series owners not knowing what end their cars were driven from - and not caring either. The deal was sealed when the Bavarian maker's engineers assured the board that new technology could allow for a switch to front-wheel drive for this car without any real dilution in driving pleasure; we'll see. What's certainly true is that the change in drivetrain format has, as intended, freed up significantly more interior space than the previous 'F20' version of this car could offer, despite the fact that this 'F40'-series design's roadway footprint is much the same. Sounds promising. Time to put this car to the test in volume 118i form.

Driving Experience

The switch from rear-driven to a front-driven powertrain might be the headline story here but there's plenty else that's new with the engineering of this third generation 1 series design. The Bavarian maker's aim was to repackage this model to a more conventional formula but deliver that in a very BMW kind of way - and that's essentially how this car has turned out. On the move, you get a grippy, confident sense of purpose that rivals can't quite match, with precise, accurate steering and an agile willingness to change direction. All of it aided by near-perfect weight distribution, a clever new 'ARB' traction control system that more precisely meters out torque and a new 'FAAR' chassis that saves around 25kgs of weight. The ride is somewhat firm, but BMW fans won't mind that, particularly as there's now the option of adaptive suspension on top-spec models. It's quite likely that you'll opt for the base 1.5-litre petrol model we tried, the 140hp 118i variant we're trying here - not least because there aren't any other options if you want a reasonably affordable version of this car that fuels from the green pump. Just as well then, that it's a decent all-round package which offers as much performance as most buyers will probably need, the 62mph sprint occupying 8.5s en route to 132mph. To be frank, we've heard more charismatic three cylinder units, but at least this one's decently refined, bettering a comparable Mercedes A-Class in this regard at highway speeds.

Design and Build

We always wondered what kind of 1 Series BMW's stylists would have come up with if they hadn't been constrained by the need to package around rear-driven mechanicals. In this MK3 model, we have our answer, a hatch that offers a similar roadway footprint to its 'F20' predecessor (it's a mere 5mm shorter), but one delivered to an otherwise very different dimensional formula. Up-front, you're served up a premium slice of cabin architecture borrowed from the current 'G20' 3 Series model, which means it's very nice indeed. Soft-touch surfaces and the solid feel of all the fixtures and fittings is matched on plusher models by things like contrast stitching and intricate 'Extended lighting' door panel strips. There's plenty of luxury segment technology too, particularly if you pay more for the 'Live Cockpit Professional' package, which matches a 10.25-inch virtual instrument binnacle screen with a classy centre-dash iDrive monitor of the same size. There's some clever stuff incorporated into this extra-cost set-up, including what BMW calls an 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', which is there to answer questions you can voice to the car as you drive it. Out back, there's reasonable rear seat space (for two anyway) and a decent 380-litre boot.

Market and Model

Prices open at just under £25,000 for this 118i and you'll choose between the brand's familiar 'SE', 'Sport' and 'M Sport' designations. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, or you can pay £1,350 more to get a dual-clutch 7-speed auto. Even the thriftiest 'SE' trim level gives you plenty; to be specific, 16-inch Star-Spoke alloy wheels, LED headlamps, LED front fog lights, Park Distance Control front and rear parking sensors, heated power mirrors, an alarm and auto headlamps and wipers. There's also a package of 'Active Guard Plus' camera-safety features. Inside, there's automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a braking function, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and a 'Sport' multifunction leather-trimmed steering wheel. In addition, there's the 'Drive Performance Control' system that, via 'ECO PRO', 'Comfort' and 'Sport' modes, allows you to alter throttle response, steering feel and, on an auto model, gearchange timing, all of it better suiting the way you want to drive. You'll want to know about infotainment and media stuff too - there's lots of it. Let's start with the fact that all mainstream 1 Series models come as standard with the brand's 'BMW Live Cockpit Plus' package, which gives you an 8.8-inch centre-dash display, your access point for a navigation system, Bluetooth with audio streaming, 4G LTE connectivity, an on-board computer and a decent quality six-speaker 100-watt DAB stereo. There's also a 5.1-inch display in the instrument cluster and an Intelligent Voice Assistant.

Cost of Ownership

The engine range on offer across this third generation 1 Series line-up may not look very different to what was on offer before, but BMW is keen to point out that every single TwinPower Turbo unit has been subjected to significant efficiency fettling - as was necessary to match a class standard vastly improved since the days of the previous 'F20'-generation model. The three cylinder petrol unit we're trying here in this 118i variant for instance, is 5kgs lighter than it was previously. It all explains why the fuel and CO2 stats delivered by mainstream 1 Series models are now virtually identical to those of directly equivalent Mercedes A-Class variants - we know, we checked. Which is another way of saying that the stats of this BMW are difficult to better in the segment - which wasn't previously the case with this model line. Let's get specific with figures, all of which, as usual, are based around the WLTP readings for fuel and NEDC readings for CO2 that at the time of this test, the industry was working to. The 118i derivative in manual form manages up to 47.1mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 122g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. Get it as an auto and the fuel figure is marginally different (up to 45.6mpg), but the CO2 reading is substantially better (113g/km).

By Jonathan Crouch

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Key Standard Features*

  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system
  • Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf + 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats
  • Luggage compartment pack - 1 Series
  • Extended Lighting pack - 1 Series
  • Solid - Alpine white
  • Solid - Jet black
  • Manual adjust driver/passenger seats
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating
  • Solid paint
  • Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather upholstery
  • 8 litres fuel tank capacity
  • 42 Litre fuel tank
  • Wifi hotspot preparation
  • BMW Live Cockpit Plus with 8.8" central information display + nav function
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • Active cruise control with stop and go
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface
  • Electric folding and anti dazzle exterior mirrors
  • LED headlights
  • High beam assistant
  • Illuminated Nizza interior trim
  • 17" Burnished double spoke alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 549
  • BMW mobility system
  • Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather - Anthracite with grey highlight
  • Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather - Anthracite with orange highlight

Body Glass

  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Rear window wiper
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets

Brakes

  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Braking readiness
  • Electrically operated hand brake
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Front and rear disc brakes

Chassis/Suspension

  • Anti roll bar front and rear
  • Drive Performance Control

Driver Aids

  • Speed limiter
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Active guard plus
  • Cruise control with brake assist
  • Electric power steering with Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges

Driver Convenience

  • Eco pro mode
  • Pull away assistant

Driver Information

  • On board computer
  • BMW Online services
  • Personal Profile
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW teleservices
  • Connected eDrive Services
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • High precision injection

Driving Mirrors

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side

Embellishment Trims

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel
  • Illuminated Berlin interior trim

Engine

  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Balancer shaft
  • Double VANOS
  • VALVETRONIC engine management
  • Aluminium lightweight construction

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Bluetooth audio streaming

Exterior Body Features

  • Body colour door handles
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Chrome kidney grille with extra wide black, high gloss black vertical slats
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipe in single, round (Exhaust tailpipe, stainless steel - single, round)
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Fading support
  • Matt black air guide grilles
  • Matt black roof moulding, B pillar finisher and wheel arch trim
  • Matt black window frame
  • Front door sill finishers in black plastic with BMW designation
  • Front bumper in Body colour with exclusive Sport air inlets finished in High gloss Black
  • Rear bumper in Body colour with exclusive Sport design elements finished in High gloss Black

Exterior Lights

  • High level third brake light
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
  • Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
  • Manual headlight beam throw control
  • LED eyebrow turn indicators
  • Preparation for high beam assistant

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

  • Two zone automatic air conditioning

Interior Features

  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Manual adjust steering wheel
  • Glove compartment
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Folding rear clothes hook
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Storage compartment in centre console
  • Conditioned Based Service
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Driver side folding compartment in instrument panel
  • 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel in pearl Chrome
  • Front Armrest foldable with integrated storage compartment

Interior Lights

  • Welcome lighting

Packs

  • Interior lights pack - 1 Series
  • Extended storage pack - 1 Series

Safety

  • Side impact protection
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Brake drying
  • 2 tone horn
  • Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
  • Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners, stopper and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp

Seats

  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Rear seat backrest with manual 60:40 split folding with 3 top tether clips integrated on rear of seat panels
  • Height adjustable front head restraints
  • Folding rear seats

Security

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Automatic drive away locking facility
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm and immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with two Integrate key, one button for opening and closing all lock, open and close window, button for open luggage compartment
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • Deadlocking function system to all doors

Transmission

  • Electronic differential lock
  • 6 speed manual transmission

Vanity Mirrors

  • Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab

Wheels

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.5
  • Engine Power - BHP 140
  • Engine Power - KW 103
  • Engine Power - PS True
  • Engine Power - RPM 4600
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT 162
  • Engine Torque - NM 220
  • Engine Torque - RPM 1480
  • Top Speed 132

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