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BMW 1 SERIES HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITION M140i Shadow Edition 5dr Step Auto

BMW 1 SERIES M140i Shadow Edition 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES M140i Shadow Edition 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES M140i Shadow Edition 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES M140i Shadow Edition 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES M140i Shadow Edition 5dr Step Auto
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BMW 1 SERIES M140i Shadow Edition 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES M140i Shadow Edition 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES M140i Shadow Edition 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES M140i Shadow Edition 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES M140i Shadow Edition 5dr Step Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG39.80
  • 0-62mph4.6 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02163 g/km
  • BHP340
  • Torque369 lbs/f
  • P11D33%

Review

BMW has played a blinder with its stunning M140i and it's still just as tempting in the upgraded form we look at here. Power has risen slightly to 340bhp from the improved six-cylinder 3.0-litre turbo engine. Performance though, is largely unchanged, keeping this as a hot hatch of the top order, its acceleration seeing you to 62mph from rest in 4.8 seconds. Comprehensively fettled suspension, steering and brakes give it real depth of talent.

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BMW's subtly improved M140i could well be the greatest hot hatch on sale today. Jonathan Crouch explains why.

Background

Certain car manufacturers make rods for their own backs. Jaguar will never be able to build a car that's regarded with the same reverence as the E Type. Likewise Audi will never eclipse the Quattro. And BMW? Well in BMW's back story, there's this thing called the E30 M3. It's the spectre that gets raised every time the Munich company builds a smallish performance car. And they're never quite as good. But times change and we have to accept that due to all manner of legislation and indeed customer expectations, cars just aren't going to look or feel like that iconic M3 of the Eighties. But let's think about that car for a minute. When it first appeared, it had 192bhp, got to 62mph in 6.9 seconds and ran out of puff at 146mph. Yes it was a tactile and effervescent thing with a great chassis but these days it would be dusted off by a middle rank hot hatch. If you want to cut it these days as a premier league performance car, you need more. The BMW M140i is a case in point.

Driving Experience

As Toyota has demonstrated with its GT86, the modest power, back to basics option is one that has met with critical acclaim. There is, however, a good deal of fun in sending so much power to your rear wheels. The amount in question has slightly risen in this revised model from 322 to 340bhp. The improved 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine is still one heck of a motor and offers near supercar acceleration figures. In fact, it'll rocket to 62mph in just 4.8 seconds in the manual version (4.6s in the auto model) and keep going to an electronically limited 155mph. Those are the same stats as you'd get with BMW's identically-engined M240i Coupe model - but this car looks so much more discreet. Of course we could discuss for ages whether a car that makes going fast this easy is a more satisfying choice than a vehicle that's slower but which makes you work for the performance, but let's just say that different people like different things from their hot hatches and coupes. Besides, this BMW can be surprisingly flexible. Press the Sport button and you immediately notice the steering weight up and the throttle response sharpen. Press the button once more and you'll find Sport+, which partially disengages the stability control and offers an even spikier throttle pedal. Suddenly the M140i will feel as if it has teeth.

Design and Build

As before, there's a choice of either three or five-door bodystyles. Looks-wise, things are much as before, which means a remarkably subtle appearance for any kind of M-car. If you saw the BMW M badge and expected pumped-up wheel arches and a front air intake that looks as if it would ingest children, think again. This is a different take on the BMW Motorsport theme. Rather than being positioned as a fully-fledged M model, think of the M140i as a halfway house. It's got plenty of M-specific go but not all the dressing that comes with it. It gets a set of side skirts with subtle creases and modest air vents in the front spoiler. Ferric grey mirrors and chromed exhaust pipes complete the look. Mind you, don't think that just because it's an M140i and not an M1 that it's in any way half-baked. The steering and suspension have been thoroughly fettled, with a different rack and unique front geometry, while the springs and dampers have all been beefed up. Plus there are meatier brakes and model-specific alloy wheels and tyres, differently sized front to rear. It's a root and branch job. Inside it's not actually all that different from humbler 1 Series models. Which means that there have been a few upgrades of late, bringing things like chrome and gloss black detailing around the centre console. Like the rest of the improved second generation I series range, this top variant enjoys improved build quality, with more substantial plastics used throughout. BMW's much-improved iDrive system features and features a high definition 6.5 inch flat screen. The shark-nosed exterior styling takes a bit of getting used to, but most would agree that the profile looks clean, while the rear end is muscular with tidy detailing.

Market and Model

You might feel that around £32,000 is quite a bit to shell out on a hot hatch, but we reckon this BMW is still one of the biggest performance bargains in recent times. It's got the poise and performance to make mincemeat of an Audi RS3 on a circuit and it's almost as quick in a straight line as the latest Porsche 911. A Porsche Cayman suddenly looks quite an indulgence when this sort of capability is available at this price. It's not as if this car is all engine and no finish either. You get a Nevada leather interior, with sports seats up font and three seat belts in the back, Bluetooth, both AUX-in and USB as well as a stereo that can play MP3s from CD, a multifunction steering wheel with a speed limiter mode, air conditioning, door sill finishers with 'M140i' designation, a short-shift gear lever and a whole host of safety kit, including DSC+ stability control, xenon headlights, a tyre pressure warning system and dynamic brake lights. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is also offered as an option. Technology upgrades have brought adaptive LED headlights and cruise control to the options list, plus a GPS-guided eight-speed automatic gearbox. BMW Connect is standard and comes with emergency assist. There's also the option of adding apps for live traffic reports, music streaming and a concierge service.

Cost of Ownership

You're probably aware that BMW can perform some sort of magic trick when it comes to the economy and emissions of its performance cars. The M140i is no exception. Time was when you'd have needed extremely deep pockets to run a petrol-engined car with 340bhp and while this is clearly no Prius, it will return an improved combined economy figure of 36.2mpg. Decidedly un-terrifying. The same story applies to emissions. You'll see 179g/km if you choose the manual car and a mere 163g/km if you plump for the automatic. It wasn't so long ago that these were the sort of numbers you'd be delighted with from a bog-standard 2.0-litre hatchback. EfficientDynamics, BMW's suite of energy-saving features, continues with an Auto Start-Stop function available on both manual and automatic transmissions. An ECO PRO mode, activated using the Drive Performance Control, is a new feature on BMW's that adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. When in ECO PRO mode, the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

Make no mistake, this is a mightily impressive car. You'll need to look past the unprepossessing styling and concentrate on the BMW M140i's sheer capability. It can turn its hand to almost anything. It's crushingly fast, offers the keen driver real options at the wheel, yet can trundle up a motorway while showing better than 45mpg on the computer. It'll run four kids to school in perfect safety and has a boot big enough for a week's shopping on the way back. Yes, you can easily buy a more extrovert performance machine for this sort of money but the M140i is the sort of car you'll feel extremely smug about driving just because it's so much smarter than anything for remotely comparable money. I never thought I'd get so enthusiastic about a BMW 1 Series, but this is a very special vehicle. You owe it to yourself to have a try.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface
Rear park distance control
Automatic start/stop system
BMW emergency call
BMW Online services
BMW remote services
BMW Teleservices
Brake force display
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Cruise control with brake function
Eco pro mode
Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster
On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
On board diagnostics
Optimum shift indicator
Personal Profile
Real time traffic information
Speed limiter
Variable sport steering
Exterior Features
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Dark chrome 'M' logo designation on front side panel
High gloss shadow line
LED headlights with darkened surround
Model designation
Solid paint
Body colour door handles
Body colour front and rear bumpers
Body colour roof mouldings
Clear lenses direction indicator lights
Dark chrome exhaust tailpipes in dual, round and split
Darkened rear lights with LED light bars
Daytime driving lights
Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
Dynamic brake lights
Electrically adjustable heated door mirrors and washer jets
Ferric grey air blades
Ferric grey mirror caps
Follow me home headlights
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Headlight beam throw control
Heated windscreen washer jets
High gloss black kidney grille with black slats
High level third brake light
LED exterior front door handle lights
M aerodynamic bodystyling
Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
Offside rear fog lights
Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
Rear window aerial
Rear window wiper
Shark fin antenna
Sun protection glass
Visible VIN plate
Interior Features
Full black panel display
Manual adjust driver/passenger seats
12V power socket in centre console
12V power socket in passenger footwell
60/40 split folding rear seat
Ambient lighting - switchable BMW classic orange/ cold white LED
Ambient lighting front and rear
Anthracite headlining
Anthracite Velour front and rear floor mats
Conditioned Based Service
Dakota leather upholstery
Door sill finishers with M140i designation
Driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirror
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
Front door exit lights
Front folding sliding armrest with storage compartment
Front footwell lights
Front head restraints
Front LED reading lights
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
Front storage compartment in centre console and in door trim
Front/rear courtesy lights with soft on/off dimming
Glove box handle with chrome surround
Glovebox
Interior light in front centre interior mirrors and rear centre auto interior light activation when door is opened when ignition switched off
Isofix child seat for two outer rear seats
Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
LED luggage compartment lighting
LED rear interior light with centre reading lights
Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
Luggage compartment lighting
M sports multi function leather steering wheel
Manually adjustable steering column
Multi-function controls for steering wheel
Rear folding head restraints
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat
Two sills lashing eyes in the luggage compartment
Two zone automatic air conditioning
Welcome lighting
Packs
BMW Navigation pack - 1 Series
Extended storage pack - 1 Series
Non Smokers pack
Technical
M sport suspension
Battery age recognition function
Drive Performance Control
Lightweight engineering
Sport automatic transmission with Launch Control
Sports function on gearbox with steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles
Trim
Hexagon aluminium trim with estoril blue matt finish
Wheels
18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 436M in Orbit grey
BMW mobility system
High performance tyres
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
Entertainment
BMW professional radio with CD player
DAB Digital radio
Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
Active differential brake (ADB), electronic differential lock in DSC-OFF mode
Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection
Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Battery safety cut-off
Brake drying
Brake energy regeneration
Braking readiness
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights
Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
DSC+
Dynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
Front ventilated brake disc
Hill start assist
M Sport braking system
Rear brake discs
Rear child proof door locks
Side impact protection
Twin horns
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Automatic drive away locking facility
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Locking 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 compartment
Remote control integrated key with blue inset
Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
Thatcham Cat.1 alarm with remote control and immobiliser
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.376
CO2 (g/km) 168
HC 0.058
Noise Level dB(A) 72
NOx 0.033
Particles 0.0002
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 200
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 199
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 191
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 190
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 169
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 292
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 292
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 200
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 197
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2998
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 94.6
Engine Code B58B30M0
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 24
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 38.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 45.6
EC Urban (mpg) 30.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 12.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 12.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 8.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 8.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 32.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 32.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 33.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 33.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 37.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 38.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 21.9
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 22.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 32.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 32.5
General
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 340
Based On ID 75674
Coin Description i
Coin Series M Sport Shadow Ed
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 38E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition Yes
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 4.6
Engine Power - BHP 340
Engine Power - KW 250
Engine Power - RPM 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 369
Engine Torque - MKG 51
Engine Torque - NM 500
Engine Torque - RPM 1520
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 245/35 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 436M
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1411
Length 4324
Wheelbase 2690
Width 1765
Width (including mirrors) 1984
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 52
Gross Vehicle Weight 2040
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1200
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 360
Max. Loading Weight 565
Max. Roof Load 75
Minimum Kerbweight 1475
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.9

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Apple CarPlay preparation £235.00
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging £395.00
Front/rear Parking distance control £295.00
Park assist - Parallel, perpendicular and parking exit £255.00
Professional multimedia navigation system FOC
Reversing assist camera £330.00
Speed limit info £200.00
Wifi hotspot preparation FOC
Entertainment
Online entertainment FOC
Exterior Features
Adaptive LED headlights with LED foglights and high beam assist £495.00
Chrome line exterior trim FOC
Electric folding and anti dazzle exterior mirrors with auto dimming, rear view mirror £275.00
Electric folding and anti dazzle exterior mirrors with auto dimming, rear view mirror when chosen with interior comfort pack £145.00
Electric glass sunroof £895.00
High beam assistant £110.00
Metallic paint £560.00
Model designation deletion FOC
Model designation deletion on side FOC
Windscreen with grey shadeband £75.00
Interior Features
Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support £195.00
Driver and front passenger seat heating £315.00
Electric front seat adjust - drivers with memory £650.00
Heated steering wheel £160.00
Luggage compartment separating nets £105.00
Through load system £175.00
Packs
Driving assistant pack - 1 Series Hatch £390.00
Extended storage pack when chosen with Driving assistant pack - 1 Series FOC
Media pack - Professional - 1 Series £775.00
Smoker's pack £25.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Black sapphire £560.00
Metallic - Estoril Blue £560.00
Metallic - Melbourne red £560.00
Metallic - Mineral grey £560.00
Metallic - Sunset orange £560.00
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Security
Comfort access system £350.00
Technical
Adaptive M Sport suspension £515.00
Trim
Brushed aluminium interior trim with pearl chrome finish £85.00
Brushed aluminium trim finishers with black high gloss highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Black FOC
Dakota leather - Black with blue stitching FOC
Dakota leather - Cognac with brown piping FOC
Dakota leather - Oyster/Black world FOC
Fineline stream wood interior trim with pearl chrome finish £85.00
Hexagon aluminium trim with black high gloss finish FOC
High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish FOC
Wheels
18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 719M in Jet Black FOC
Run flat tyres FOC
* option prices shown are estimated