The BMW 1 Series hatchback has been around in 5-door guise for the reason that 2004, at the same time as the 3-door hatchback turned into introduced in 2005. It replaced the BMW 3 Series Compact variety as BMW’s smallest and maximum low priced car in the range (relying on the engine version) and boasts a number of precise attributes for its magnificence.
For instance, the 1 Series is the only car in its elegance presenting rear-wheel force, 50:50 weight balance, a longitudinally-installed engine and a sophisticated aluminum multi-link suspension. It is currently considered one of BMW’s quality-selling motors and in 2008, accounted for nearly one-fifth of the manufacturers overall sales.
With credentials like these, it becomes with extraordinary interest that we took delivery of our first BMW check car right here at SACarFan, the 3-door BMW 120i M Sport, to discover what the 1 Series, and certainly the M Sports version, is all about.
By now an acquainted face on our roads, the BMW 1 series hatchback simply raised some eyebrows when it changed into launched again in 2004, ours covered. Things improved with the advent of the 3-door model, which we can’t help but think became the way the toddler of the variety was usually purported to appearance. Add the’ aerodynamic package, but, and the look of the car is converted from a curious searching hatchback to a compelling hot-hatch.
The extraordinarily drab front bumper from the same old model is replaced via one sporting incorporated fog lighting fixtures and a deep, center aligned air dam, flanked by means of smaller air intakes on both sides. The facet skirts are bolder than those suited for the same old 1 collection and characteristic a bulge that attracts one’s eye from the front to the rear of the automobile. The rear bumper receives a dramatic design trade, with an inset darkish gray diffuser-like section rounding off the more sporty appearance, at the side of chromed dual-tailpipes.
Double-spoke ‘M’ 17-inch alloy wheels, shod in 205/50 profile rubber up the front and 225/forty five at the rear, fill the wheel arches courtesy of the M Sports suspension, which gives the 120i M Sport a 15 mm lower trip height over the standard version and helps to finish the polished M Sports appearance.
The sharply described angles of the outdoor are persevered on the internal of the 120i M Sport and are complemented by way of softer curves, along with the door handles. The result is a contemporary, minimalistic and easy cabin that achieves an elegant synergy.
As predicted, an at ease using role is fast achievable by way of adjusting the seat and steering wheel to your desired settings. The riding function of the BMW 1 Series is inherently low initially and elevating the seat height can also bring about taller drivers searching through the pinnacle of the windscreen. Having said this, you only genuinely note the low slung driving position whilst hiking inside and outside of the auto after you’re inside it is an at ease journey.
The leather-based protected sports seats may additionally have lots to do with the consolation aspect, as they offer suitable all-round help whether sitting in visitors or relishing your favored corners. With most of the people of head and legroom up front, the 3-door 1-Series does now not welcome rear passengers. In fact, passengers up front commented that the legroom was doubtlessly too generous as they’d no floorboard to push in opposition to aid themselves.
Standard interior specifications are as you would assume from a BMW and encompass air-conditioning, stereo jack for auxiliary track gadgets, radio/CD participant, driver and passenger front and aspect airbags, in addition to head (curtain) airbags for each front and rear passengers.
Apart from the seats, the M Sports bundle complements the indoors with aluminum trim on the dashboard and door inlays; leather-based protected, multifunction sports activities guidance wheel; leather-based covered handbrake and gearshift lever gaiter; in addition to anthracite-colored roof lining.
The interior, and indeed the entire car, offers one the over-driving impact of impeccable construct satisfactory. From the tactile indoors factors to the solid thud of the doorways, the BMW 1 Series M Sport feels built to ultimate.
With its low-slung driving position, the BMW 1-collection hatch straight away feels sporty before even turning the important thing. The chunky, 3-spoke, sports activities steerage wheel offers correct steerage and good enough remarks from the road. The leather-based clad gearshift lever sits snugly in your hand and with quick throws between the gates, provides a sporty, particular and profitable shift via the 6-velocity gearbox, urging you to alternate at each possibility.
Once on the pass the 120i M Sport sincerely grabs the attention of other street users, who no doubt assume to see a 130i badge on the boot. The engine be aware of the twin-exhausts is one of the first-class of any in-line 4 available and while you factor the tacho needle skyward the BMW 120i M Sport responds willingly.
The road-retaining provided by means of the 17-inch wheels, with run-flat tires as fashionable, and sports suspension is very good – the chassis is firm, offering superb sense and an at ease trip – as an end results in the rear-wheel force 120i M navigates corners with enthusiasm.
The M Sport bundle does now not consist of overall performance improvements for the two,zero-litre engine located within the 120i M. This means energy output stays unchanged from that of the standard version, with 115 kW of height electricity to be had at 6 400 rpm and maximum torque of 200 N.M at three six hundred rpm. The 120i M feels slightly underpowered in comparison to what one might also count on, despite the fact that this expectation is made out of the sporty elements of the M Sports package deal rather than the capabilities of the 1995 cc naturally aspirated engine, whose output figures are a few of the maximum in its class.
Stirring the gearbox, as its sporty nature urges you to do, can have the 120i M running along at a decent pace, irrespective of the uphill and down-dale nature of our roads. The evidently aspirated engine revs willingly and sings the extra you wind it up. The bottom line is that the 120i M Sport is not a particularly rapid automobile and the ‘M Sport’ package deal is more approximately the look and sense, instead of outright tempo. But that is ok, because among the sweet shifting gearbox, the throaty roar from the engine, sports seats and steerage wheel, balanced chassis and first-rate street-conserving, the BMW 120i M Sport positioned a smile on our face on every occasion we drove it.