Tuesday, 15 May 2012 11:22 AM
There's a choice of three doors or five doors when the new BMW 1 Series models roll into town. We can't help but have our boats floated by the compact sportiness of the three-door but salute the practicality of two extra doors in the five-door version. The design is ever-sharper compared to the last model but still unmistakably BMW.
Both versions offer a decent choice of petrol and diesel engines as well as the added amusement of being rear-wheel drive. The eight-speed automatic option is indeed a treat in cars of this size and it is on offer on certain models in both body styles.
The entry level version of the three-door 1 Series is a twin turbo 114i with 102bhp. The 116i offers 136bhp and the 125i 218bhp. There are four diesel choices - the 116bhp 116d, the 143bhp 118d, the 218bhp 125d and the cleanest, greenest version, a 116d Efficient Dynamics engine offering 116bhp, greater fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions at 99g/km. From November, the 118i with 170bhp and the 120d with 84bhp will be available - these also come with intelligent four-wheel drive.
The entry level five-door version is the 114i petrol engine with 102bhp and a six-speed manual gearbox. There’s a 135i with a stunning 320bhp and the choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. And, of course, a pair of handy diesels - the 116d Efficient Dynamics engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and only emitting 99g/km of CO2, as well as the 125d engine offering 215bhp and again, the choice of the manual or automatic boxes.
There's also an M Performance version of both the three- and five-door models - the M135i boasts a 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine capable of 320bhp, an aerodynamically optimised body and sporty suspension. These will be available from November this year
We're not yet clear on prices (we're guessing "a wee bit more than a Yaris"...) - but, as ever, there will be plenty of car on offer for your money. The equipment is as impressive as you'd expect with BMW's xDrive function now featuring for the first time on 1 Series models.
Across the range, BMW EfficientDynamics technology has been widely applied, including Auto Start Stop function, and ECO PRO mode, which can be activated in conjunction with the Driving Experience Control function, which is offered as standard. Other standard kit includes: adaptive Headlights, rear view Camera, lane departure warning, rear collision warning, parking assistant, cruise control with braking function, no-passing indicator, Internet access, enhanced integration of smartphones and music players, Real-Time Traffic Information and Apps for web radio reception and for access to Facebook and Twitter. But of course!
The new BMW 1 Series, in 3-door M135i style
By Georgia Lewis
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