BMW 1 Series (three-door) Review
BMW 1 Series, the entry level hatchback luxury maintains a key position in the line-up, despite holding a massive price tag for a dedicated hatch it is one of the most beloved BMW babies because of its appeal to a larger market segment. Especially in the ASEAN segment with rapid development, the drive is gaining bigger bucks than any geographical location. As a result of which, BMW has introduced BMW 1 Series in Indonesia in two body styles- 3-door and 5-door in diesel and petrol engines. Making it premier in the segment, this car gives plenty of options to its customers, in terms of inner fabric, wheel size, suspension (sport & urban line), engine, fuel type, technology and communication, much more. All these features packed in one single car, made it the toughest competitor to the rivals existing in the market such as Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class.
Engine, Mileage & Variants
BMW 1 Series is offered in two variants – BMW 1 Series (5 Door) and BMW M135i (3 Door). For further discretion and customers choice of fuel type accompanied with motor engine; BMW 1 Series is offered with 2 petrol and 3 diesel engines. BMW 116i are BMW 118i are the two 1.6-litre petrol variants of BMW 1 Series out of which the latter delivers a maximum power output measuring 125 kW at 4800 rpm alongside a maximum torque measuring 250 Nm between 1500 to 4500 rpm. In terms of mileage, BMW 116i stands out delivering an efficient mileage worth 5.6 l/100 km. For diesel the available 2.0-litre engine variants are named 116d, 118d and 120d, the maximum power output here is delivered by BMW 120d measuring 135 kW at 4000 rpm alongside a maximum torque of 380 Nm between 1750 to 2750 rpm. BMW 116d on the other hand excels when it comes to mileage delivering an effective mileage measuring 4.4 L/100 km. BMW 118i takes just around 7.4 seconds to reach the checkpoint level of 100 kmph from a halt, and BMW 120d just betters it by a notch achieving the same level in 7.2 seconds. The top speed of both the variants is approximately 225 kmph.
The new BMW 1 Series is available in a very urban and sporty exterior design line, giving you chance to compliment your personality with the car you own. As an automobile enthusiast, you can carry the vibrant creativity and dynamic design of BMW with its 1 Series variants on-track. Its compact dimensions are measured as 4324mm X 1765mm X 1421mm (L X W X H) along with the wheelbase 2690mm. The side profile has grabbed special attention of designers in terms of 17-inch light alloy wheels in bi-color white and complete tire size 225/45 R17, comes as standard. Customizing it, you may order to fit-in wheels of size ranging from 16-18 inch. Besides these, ornamental grille primarily designed in Black kidney grille slats can be optimized in high gloss Black front/chrome fronted with white sides, due to which the vehicle need not to put extra efforts to draw attention of surrounding people wherever you go. Front headlamps are embedded with high-beam assistant that detects source of light and in accordance it automatically switches between high and low beams based on the sensor images it forms and assists you in difficult traffic conditions.
BMW 1 Series offers a very generous amount of space and endless opportunities to its occupants. Even in a small hatchback body it straightaway gives you a chance to extend the limits of communication and entertainment functions, as per your need and requirement. Some of these features include BMW Connected App, Plugin, BMW Live, Video Playback, Speed Limit Info via a control unit and Navigation system (6.5 inch color display), Harman Kardon Surround Sound System with 12 speakers and much more. Steering wheel is covered in leather mounted with gearshift paddle and multi-function buttons (including speed limit info) making it immensely ease to handle the drive. Other features offered for you comfort and practicality adds-on with the front cup holders, electric windows, glass roof, lined luggage compartment space of 360-litres which can be expanded to 1200-litres on rear seat folding.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
Its dynamic zest and agility to carry you forward is packed in exceptional safety and protection features, giving you confidence to rely on this car in all-your senses on to just touch the horizons of speed and tranquility. This is all thanks to adaptive suspension fitted in which is specially lowered by 10 meters to increase driving comfort and pinpoint handling. Rear view camera, park assistant and Park Distance Control (PDC) assist you to park in tight space without getting your vehicle scratched and raising alarm any possible threat or approaching element. On night travels/highway drives, lane departure warning and approach warning systems will detect lane markings and close appearing vehicle, giving alarms to reduce the collision chances. Other few safety features packed in this car includes Dynamic Stability Control, BMW restrain system, disc brakes, airbags, runflat tyres, passenger call and much more.
BMW 1 Series is a near perfect entry level hatchback embedded with strong engines and sharp handling techniques which makes it reliable to fit-in the luxury car enthusiasts segment. There is a lot to mention about this car's lavish interiors. Talking about its rivals, Audi A3 is the strongest among all with gentle riding and improvised fuel economy than 1-series.