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BMW 1 SERIES HATCHBACK 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto

BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
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BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto
BMW 1 SERIES 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG56.50
  • 0-62mph8.5 secs
  • Top Speed132 mph
  • C02114 g/km
  • BHP140
  • Torque162 lbs/f
  • P11D26%

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.

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

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.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface
BMW Live Cockpit Plus with 8.8" central information display + nav function
Cruise control with brake function
Front/rear Parking distance control
Lane departure warning system
Active guard plus
Attentiveness assist
BMW emergency call
BMW Online services
BMW Teleservices
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Connected eDrive Services
Eco pro mode
Integrated owners handbook
Oil sensor for level and grade
On board computer
Optimum shift indicator
Personal Profile
Pull away assistant
Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
Speed limiter
Entertainment
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
Bluetooth audio streaming
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
LED Headlights
Solid paint
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlight beam throw control
Body colour door handles
Body colour mirror caps
Chrome 'M' logo side designation
Chrome exhaust tailpipe in single, round (Exhaust tailpipe, stainless steel - single, round)
Chrome kidney grille frame with Satin Aluminium struts
Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
Electric folding and anti dazzle exterior mirrors
Fading support
Follow me home headlights
Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
Front door sill finishers in black plastic with BMW designation
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
High gloss shadow line exterior trim
High gloss shadowline window frame, mirror frames and B/C pillar embelisher trim
High level third brake light
LED daytime running lights
LED eyebrow turn indicators
LED front fog lights
Matt black air guide grilles
Model designation on right side of tailgate
Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
Preparation for high beam assistant
Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
Rear fog lights
Rear window wiper
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
Interior Features
Manual adjust driver/passenger seats
12V power socket in centre console
2 cupholders in front centre console
3 rear seat head restraints
3 spoke M sports design leather steering wheel finished in nappa leather with specific M badge
Anthracite headlining
Anthracite Velour floor mats
Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Conditioned Based Service
Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
Driver and front passenger seat heating
Driver side folding compartment in instrument panel
Folding rear clothes hook
Folding rear seats
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
Front and rear door pockets
Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
Front Armrest foldable with integrated storage compartment
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
Glove compartment
Height adjustable front head restraints
Manual adjust steering wheel
Multi-function controls for steering wheel
Rear seat backrest with manual 60:40 split folding with 3 top tether clips integrated on rear of seat panels
Storage compartment in centre console
Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
Two zone automatic air conditioning
Welcome lighting
Safety
City braking function
2 tone horn
3 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 protection
Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Brake drying
Braking readiness
Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electrically operated hand brake
Front and rear disc brakes
Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
Rear child proof door locks
Seatbelt warning
Side impact protection
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Technical
42 Litre fuel tank
Aluminium lightweight construction
Anti roll bar front and rear
Balancer shaft
Double VANOS
Drive Performance Control
Electronic differential lock
High precision injection
Lightweight engineering
M sports suspension + self levelling
Petrol Particulate Filter
VALVETRONIC engine management
Trim
Illuminated Boston interior trim
Contrast stitching on instrument panel
Wheels
18" Burnished M double spoke alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 819M
BMW mobility system
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
Packs
Connected pack professional - 1 Series
Extended lighting pack - 1 Series
Extended storage pack - 1 Series
Interior lights pack - 1 Series
Luggage compartment pack - 1 Series
M Sport aerodynamics pack - 1 Series
Security
Automatic drive away locking facility
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Deadlocking function system to all doors
Locking wheel bolts
Remote control with integrated key with High-gloss Black inlay and M designation
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
CO2 (g/km) 113
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 145
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 156
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 144
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 144
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 159
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 144
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 122
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 132
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 122
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 203
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 212
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 203
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 142
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 151
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 142
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1499
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 94.6
Engine Code B38A15M1
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TWIN TURBO
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 56.5
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 67.3
EC Urban (mpg) 44.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 9.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 8.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 6.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb 44.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 44.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 44.8
WLTP - MPG - High 52.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 48.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 31.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 30.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 31.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 44.8
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 140
Coin Description i
Coin Series M Sport
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 22E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 83
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 76
NCAP Safety Assist % 72
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 No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.5
Engine Power - BHP 140
Engine Power - KW 103
Engine Power - RPM 4600
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 162
Engine Torque - MKG 22.4
Engine Torque - NM 220
Engine Torque - RPM 1480
Top Speed 132
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 819M
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1434
Length 4319
Wheelbase 2670
Width 1799
Width (including mirrors) 2081
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 42
Gross Vehicle Weight 1870
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1200
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 380
Max. Loading Weight 550
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 695
Minimum Kerbweight 1320
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.4

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £267.86 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £277.03 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £286.18 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £309.51 p/m £21.68 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £363.54 p/m £37.32 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £377.54 p/m £41.32 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £390.20 p/m £55.63 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £243.16 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £251.55 p/m £15.79 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £259.93 p/m £17.49 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £279.74 p/m £29.33 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £299.55 p/m £37.55 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £316.50 p/m £55.45 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £333.28 p/m £65.03 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £235.49 p/m £19.60 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £242.67 p/m £21.08 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £269.01 p/m £24.35 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £284.27 p/m £34.46 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £299.58 p/m £51.61 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £313.48 p/m £62.82 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £324.45 p/m £76.66 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £321.44 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £332.43 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £343.42 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £371.41 p/m £26.01 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £436.25 p/m £44.79 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £453.05 p/m £49.59 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £468.24 p/m £66.76 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £291.80 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £301.86 p/m £18.95 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £311.92 p/m £20.99 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £335.69 p/m £35.20 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £359.46 p/m £45.06 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £379.80 p/m £66.54 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £399.93 p/m £78.03 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £282.59 p/m £23.52 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £291.20 p/m £25.30 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £322.81 p/m £29.22 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £341.13 p/m £41.35 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £359.50 p/m £61.94 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £376.18 p/m £75.38 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £389.34 p/m £91.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Active cruise control with stop and go FOC
Automatic tailgate operation £500.00
BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system including 10.25" high resolution display and Intelligent Voice Assistant £1,000.00
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging £350.00
Head up Display £750.00
Park assist including reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and reversing assist camera £350.00
Entertainment
BMW gesture control £300.00
Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system FOC
Exterior Features
BMW icon adaptive LED headlights £500.00
Electric panoramic glass sunroof £1,000.00
Individual metallic paint £560.00
Metallic paint £560.00
Sun protection glass £300.00
Towbar with detachable ball £750.00
Interior Features
Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support £150.00
Electric front seat adjust - drivers with memory £750.00
Heated steering wheel £150.00
Luggage compartment separating nets £150.00
Through load system £150.00
Packs
Comfort pack 2 - 1 Series £1,500.00
Driving assistant pack - 1 Series £1,000.00
Tech pack 2 - 1 Series £1,300.00
Paintwork
Individual metallic paint - Storm Bay £560.00
Metallic - Black sapphire £560.00
Metallic - Melbourne red £560.00
Metallic - Mineral grey £560.00
Metallic - Misano blue £560.00
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Security
Comfort access system £500.00
Technical
Larger fuel tank capacity (50 litres) £50.00
Trim
Dakota leather - Black with blue highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Black with grey highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Magma red with grey highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Mocha FOC
Illuminated Berlin interior trim FOC
Wheels
19" Burnished M double spoke Bi-colour alloy wheels finished in Jet black - style 552M £595.00
Space saver spare wheel £150.00
* option prices shown are estimated