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Brand New BMW 1 Series 118i [136] Sport 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Active guard plusAttentiveness assist
BMW Online servicesBMW Teleservices
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warningConnected eDrive Services
Cruise control with brake assistEco pro mode
Electric power steering with Servotronic steering optimised at all speed rangesIntegrated owners handbook
Lane departure warning systemOil sensor for level and grade
On board computerOptimum shift indicator
Personal ProfilePull away assistant
Speed limiter 

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

6 speed manual transmissionAluminium lightweight construction
Anti roll bar front and rearBalancer shaft
Double VANOSDrive Performance Control
Electronic differential lockHigh precision injection
Petrol Particulate FilterVALVETRONIC engine management

Entertainment

Bluetooth audio streamingDAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorAutomatic windscreen wipers and automatic headlight
Body colour door handlesBody colour mirror caps
Chrome exhaust tailpipe in single, round (Exhaust tailpipe, stainless steel - single, round)Chrome kidney grille with extra wide black, high gloss black vertical slats
Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrorsFading support
Follow me home headlightsFront and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closingFront bumper in Body colour with exclusive Sport air inlets finished in High gloss Black
Front door sill finishers in black plastic with BMW designationGreen tinted heat protection glazing
Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger sideHigh gloss shadowline window frame, Recess cover mirror frames and B/C pillar embelisher trim
High level third brake lightLED daytime running lights
LED eyebrow turn indicatorsLED front fog lights
Lightweight engineeringManual headlight beam throw control
Matt black air guide grillesModel designation on right side of tailgate
Nearside reverse light in rear light clusterPreparation for high beam assistant
Rain sensor including auto headlights activationRear bumper in Body colour with exclusive Sport design elements finished in High gloss Black
Rear fog lightsRear window wiper
Shark fin antennaVisible VIN plate
Welcome lighting 

Interior Features

12V power socket in centre console3 rear seat head restraints
3 spoke sports leather steering wheel in pearl ChromeChild seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Conditioned based serviceFolding rear clothes hook
Four grab handles integrated in roof liningFront and rear door pockets
Front and rear door pockets with bottle holdersFront and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
Front Armrest foldable with integrated storage compartmentFront sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
Glove compartmentHeight adjustable front head restraints
Manual adjust steering wheelMulti-function controls for steering wheel
Storage compartment in centre consoleSun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
Two zone automatic air conditioningVelour floor mats

Packs

Connected pack professional - 1 SeriesExtended storage pack - 1 Series
Interior lights pack - 1 Series 

Passive Safety

2 tone horn3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners, stopper and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
Airbags - front driver/passenger, front & rear curtain, front sideAnti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
BMW emergency callBrake drying
Braking readinessCity braking function
Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clampDriver and front passenger seat belt security check
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electrically operated hand brakeFront and rear disc brakes
Front passenger manual airbag deactivationSeatbelt warning
Side impact protectionTyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit 

Security

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

Trim

Contrast stitching on instrument panelIlluminated Berlin interior trim

Wheels

Reduced rolling resistance tyres
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb131
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH138WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL130
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High131WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH140
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL130WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High112
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH118WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL111
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low176WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH182
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL176WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium129
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH135WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL129

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1499Compression Ratio11.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82Cylinders - Stroke (mm)94.6
Engine CodeB38A15M1Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTWIN TURBOGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves12TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb5.8WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL5.7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH6.1WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High4.9WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL4.9WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH8WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium5.7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL5.7WLTP - MPG - Comb48.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH46.3WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL49.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High48.7WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH46.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL49.6WLTP - MPG - High57.6
WLTP - MPG - High - TEH54.3WLTP - MPG - High - TEL57.6
WLTP - MPG - Low36.7WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH35.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL36.7WLTP - MPG - Medium49.6
WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH47.9WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL49.6

General

Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power136
Coin Descriptioni [136]Coin SeriesSport
Generation Mark3Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0719E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %83NCAP Child Occupant Protection %87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095NCAP Pedestrian Protection %76
NCAP Safety Assist %72Service Interval Frequency - Months24
Service Interval Mileage18000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)8.9Engine Power - BHP136
Engine Power - KW100Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4500Engine Torque - LBS.FT162
Engine Torque - MKG22.4Engine Torque - NM220
Engine Torque - RPM1500Top Speed132

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear225/45 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleDOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 549Wheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1434Length4319
Wheelbase2670Width1799
Width (including mirrors)2081 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)42Gross Vehicle Weight1845
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1200Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)380
Max. Loading Weight555Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked680
Minimum Kerbweight1290No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW 118i

The third generation 1 Series is at its best in base three cylinder 118i petrol form, reckons Jonathan Crouch.

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).

Summary

We can't help being impressed by the way that the Munich maker has managed to retain so much of this car's eager, dynamic character, despite the fundamental engineering changes visited upon it. This model will still beat most of its rivals for driver appeal. Just not by such a significant margin as before. But we'll take that, given that this is the first 1 Series with reasonably sleek looks, proper rear passenger space and a decent boot. The cabin's far smarter than it was. And this model is certainly far better prepared than its predecessor in terms of media connectivity and camera-driven safety provision. Now, you'd be able to down-size into it far more easily if it was necessary to do so from a larger BMW model. In summary, 'der Einzer' has become a whole lot more competitive, especially in this 118i guise. About to choose a Mercedes A-Class, an Audi A3 or even a plusher VW Golf? You really ought to try one of these too. You might be surprised just how much you like it.

Performance
70%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
70%
Build
80%
Value
60%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
60%

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£359
Deposit£1499
Term (months)47
Fixed interest rate3.5%
Cash price£26,985
Arnold Clark deposit£390.27
Credit amount£25,095.73
Guaranteed future value£11,793.75
Total amount payable£30,556.02
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge7.35p per mile
Representative APR4.9%
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