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BMW 1 SERIES HATCHBACK

118i [136] M Sport 5dr Step Auto [LCP]

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118i [136] M Sport 5dr Step Auto [LCP] BMW 1 SERIES HATCHBACK
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Key Information

Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Fuel Type
Fuel Type Petrol
Top Speed
Top Speed 132mph
Emissions
Co2 134.00g/km
Stopwatch
0 - 62mph 8.80s
Engine Size
Engine Size 1.5litres

Data provided by CAP-HPI database - Ref# 97236

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Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Review

Driver Convenience

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Security

Trim

Wheels

Driver Convenience

  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Eco pro mode
  • Front axle single joint with specific axle kinematics to minimise drive influences on steering + provide increased rigidity agile driving behaviour
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • On board computer
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile
  • Pull away assistant
  • Rigidly mounted rear subframe - Multi link construction with separate spring / damper configuration and excellent driving characteristics
  • Speed limit Info including no-overtaking indicator

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control
  • Automatic windscreen wipers and automatic headlight
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Body colour roof trims
  • Chrome 'M' logo side designation
  • Chrome exhaust twin tailpipes round 90mm in left
  • Chrome kidney grille frame with Satin Aluminium struts
  • Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
  • Fading support
  • Folding side mirrors with auto dimming/folding wing mirrors with auto dimming
  • 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
  • Front door sill finishers in black plastic with M designation in metallic look
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
  • High gloss shadowline window frame, Recess cover mirror frames and B/C pillar embelisher trim
  • High level third brake light
  • Integrated front windscreen with washer jets
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED eyebrow turn indicators
  • LED front fog lights
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Matt black air guide grilles
  • Matt black wheel arch trim
  • Model designation on electric bootlid
  • Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
  • Preparation for high beam assistant
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Trailer stabilisation logic
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in front centre console with blanking plug
  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel with black leather and stitching, pearl chrome decorative finish, specific M Badge
  • Anthracite headlining
  • 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
  • Floor mats in anthracite velour with contrasting colour seam to match contrast stitching on instrument panel
  • Folding rear clothes hook
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear door pockets with bottle holders
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Front armrest
  • Front sports seats
  • Glove compartment
  • Height adjustable front head restraints
  • Luggage compartment for bag hooks on left and right, foldable luggage compartment liner and two lashing eyelets
  • Manual adjust steering wheel
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Storage compartment in centre console
  • Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
  • Two front centre console cupholders
  • Two zone automatic air conditioning
  • Welcome lighting

Packs

  • Additional interior lighting pack - 1 Series
  • Additional storage compartment pack - 1 Series
  • Additional storage compartment pack with code 493 -1 series
  • BMW live cockpit professional pack- 1 Series
  • Connected pack professional - 1 Series
  • Interior lights pack - 1 Series
  • M Sport exterior styling aerodynamics pack - 1 Series

Safety

  • 2 tone horn
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners, stopper and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
  • Airbags - Front driver/passenger, front and rear curtain head protection, front side, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Brake drying
  • Braking readiness
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Comfort modes
  • Cornering brake control
  • 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 including automatic hold function
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side impact protection
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Deadlocking function system to all doors
  • Drive away locking system on all doors and luggage compartment with de-activated in iDrive settings
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control with integrated key with High-gloss Black inlay and M designation and 1 button for open/ close lock, window, open luggage compartment
  • Start/stop button illuminated in centre console with keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm and immobiliser
  • Wheel slip limitation close to the actuator (ARB)

Technical

  • 7 speed automatic transmission with double clutch technology
  • Aluminium lightweight construction
  • Anti roll bar front and rear
  • Balancer shaft
  • Double VANOS twin scroll turbocharging system
  • Drive Performance Control
  • Electronic differential lock
  • High precision injection
  • M sport suspension
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve
  • VALVETRONIC engine management

Trim

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel

Wheels

  • Electrically powered 12V compressor
  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    113
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    130

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
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TWIN TURBO
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    49.6

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    136
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    i [136]
  • Coin Series
    M Sport [LCP]
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    20E
  • 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
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    136
  • Engine Power - KW
    100
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    162
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    22.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    220
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    132

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

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
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • 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

BMW 1 SERIES 118i [136] M Sport 5dr Step Auto [LCP]

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    7
  • Handling
    8
  • Comfort
    7
  • Space
    7
  • Styling
    7
  • Build
    8
  • Value
    6
  • Equipment
    7
  • Economy
    8
  • Depreciation
    8
  • Insurance
    6

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 over £27,000 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 CO2 that see this car in manual form managing up to 49.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 130g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Get it as an auto and figures are much the same.

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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