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Brand New BMW 1 Series 118i Sport 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Active guard plusAttentiveness assist
BMW emergency callBMW Online services
BMW TeleservicesCheck Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Connected eDrive ServicesCruise control with brake function
Eco pro modeElectric power steering
Front/rear Parking distance controlIntegrated owners handbook
On board computerOptimum shift indicator
Personal ProfilePull away assistant
Speed limiter 

Entertainment

Bluetooth audio streamingDAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorBody colour door handles
Body colour mirror capsChrome exhaust tailpipe in single, round (Exhaust tailpipe, stainless steel - single, round)
Chrome kidney grille with extra wide black, high gloss black vertical slatsDirection indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
Fading supportFollow me home headlights
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
Headlight beam throw controlHeated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
High gloss shadow line exterior trimHigh level third brake light
LED daytime running lightsLED front fog lights
Lightweight engineeringMatt black air guide grilles
Matt black roof moulding, B pillar finisher and wheel arch trimMatt black window frame
Model designation on right side of tailgateNearside reverse light in rear light cluster
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
Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets 

Interior Features

12V power socket in centre console2 cupholders in front centre console
3 rear seat head restraints3 spoke sports leather steering wheel in pearl Chrome
Bag hook in luggage compartmentChild seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Conditioned based serviceDriver side folding compartment in instrument panel
Folding rear clothes hookFolding rear seats
Four grab handles integrated in roof liningFront and rear door pockets
Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trimFront Armrest foldable with integrated storage compartment
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustmentGlove compartment
Height adjustable front head restraintsManual adjust steering wheel
Multi-function controls for steering wheelRear seat backrest with manual 60:40 split folding with 3 top tether clips integrated on rear of seat panels
Storage compartment in centre consoleSun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
Two extra lashing eyes in luggage compartmentTwo zone automatic air conditioning
Velour floor matsWelcome lighting

Packs

Extended storage pack - 1 SeriesInterior lights pack - 1 Series

Safety

2 tone horn3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protectionAnti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Brake dryingBraking readiness
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 passenger manual airbag deactivation
Rear child proof door locksSeatbelt 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 with remote control and immobiliser 

Technical

Anti roll bar front and rearBalancer shaft
Double VANOSDrive Performance Control
Electronic differential lockPetrol Particulate Filter
VALVETRONIC engine management 

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

CO2 (g/km)121Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max144WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min136
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max144WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min134
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max124WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min118
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max194WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min187
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max141WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min134

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1499Compression Ratio11.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82Cylinders - Stroke (mm)94.6
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryTWIN TURBO
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)53.3EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)65.7EC Urban (mpg)40.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max6.3WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min6.0
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max6.3WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max5.5WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max8.6WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min8.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max6.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min5.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max44.8WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min47.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max44.8WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min47.9
WLTP - MPG - High - Max51.4WLTP - MPG - High - Min54.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max32.8WLTP - MPG - Low - Min34.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max45.6WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min47.9

General

Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power140
Coin DescriptioniCoin SeriesSport
Generation Mark3Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %83
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %87NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %76NCAP Safety Assist %72
Service Interval Frequency - Months24Service Interval Mileage18000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)8.5Engine Power - BHP140
Engine Power - KW103Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4600Engine Torque - LBS.FT162
Engine Torque - MKG22.4Engine Torque - NM220
Engine Torque - RPM1480Top Speed132

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

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%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2020 road tax rules. Find out more

** 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.

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