In Germany and Austria, BMW organized an experience event and provided an opportunity for a group of journalists to gain driving experience of the new Series 1, including a representative of Klix.ba.
The starting point was Munich, and during the two-day event we had the opportunity to drive a diesel 118d and a powerful turbocharged M135i.
Let’s start with a diesel engine that runs a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that develops 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Its consumption is 4.4 – 4.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers and CO2 emissions are 116 – 108 g / km. Although the world is of the opinion that diesels are coming to an end, BMW is still paying attention to them, proving their commitment to producing “clean” diesels. The BMW 1 Series with this engine paired with an eight-speed Aisin automatic transmission from 0 to 100 km / h accelerates in 8.5 seconds (8.4 seconds with the eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission), while officially the top speed is 216 km / h. However, we managed to get a little more out of this engine on the German motorway.
As we said earlier, this is not a high-performance model, but a daily-use car designed for those who care about fuel economy.
Considering that it uses BMW’s latest FAAR platform, the Series 1 has replaced the rear drive with front ones. That seems like a big change, but BMW bosses, claim the Series 1 buyers, either don’t know at all that the previous generations had a rear-wheel drive or just didn’t care. They also cited cases of owners of older Series 1 models putting snow chains in front rather than rear wheels in snowy conditions. What we noticed after the first kilometers of the ride was that the driving dynamics were improved. This is due to the multi-link rear axle, adaptive dampers, stabilizers and optional M Sport suspension, while using lightweight materials to make the car lighter by 25 kg. There are also various driving modes available, including Sport and Comfort. If you choose Sport, you will feel a better reaction after pressing the accelerator pedal and the steering wheel, while the engine will give the impression that it has more power than the 150 hp mentioned. On the other hand, if you choose Comfort, the Series 1 will become even more comfortable for carefree driving. We should also mention the ARB system, which improves the grip of the wheels on the substrate and reduces the understeer, and when entering the bends faster we were convinced of its advantages. The insulation is good so that even at high speeds on the highway, the ride was not uncomfortable or the engine noisy. and as we enter the bends faster, we are convinced of its benefits. The insulation is good so that even at high speeds on the highway, the ride was not uncomfortable or the engine noisy. and as we enter the bends faster, we are convinced of its benefits. The insulation is good so that even at high speeds on the highway, the ride was not uncomfortable or the engine noisy.
The interior now has more space and the rear seats are quite usable unless there are more than 190 cm in front that need significantly more space. There is plenty of headroom, as well as the shoulders and knees of the passengers in the rear seats, to be precise, 33 mm more than the previous generation. This was achieved by BMW despite the total wheelbase being shorter by 20 mm.
The boot will meet the requirements because its volume is 380 liters, or 20 liters more than before. If you fold down the rear seats, you get a volume of 1,200 liters.
The interior is now made of higher quality materials, but still has hard plastics, which is expected anyway. But the impression is extremely good. The seats are comfortable and with really good lateral support, and the driver’s position gives the impression that you are in the cockpit of a much more sports car. Passenger entry into the rear seats is also facilitated by the increase in space, ie by the fact that the new Series 1 is taller and noticeably wider.
The driver is familiar with BMW’s well-known digital cluster and infotainment system display with a wealth of useful and easily displayed information, and the sound is also high. Of course, the Series 1 is equipped with well-known advanced assistance and security systems.
As expected, the new Series 1 has a more attractive design. The size and shape of the bonnet have changed, the new one is shorter and has more downline, the wheels are farther from the door, resulting in more space, the windshield is larger, like other glass surfaces, and because of the side lines, the car looks significantly more aggressive. Forward and back are LED lights. The price of the basic 118d in Germany is 32,400 euros.
After the first day and having a good time with the 118d, a treat for the second day followed, driving the M135i xDrive with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivering 306 bhp and 450 lb-ft of torque. all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. As good as the 118d is, the M135i xDrive is at least twice as good in the “athlete” case. From the hatchback for everyday use, we got into a serious sports car, which is the top of the range for the new Series 1. The M135i gets a more aggressive body kit, special 18-inch M alloy wheels with Y-shaped blades, lighter than the regular model by 10 kg.
Part of the M Performance package are the side mirrors as well as the mesh kidney grille and high-gloss black exhaust finishes.
The sound of the aforementioned turbocharger is excellent, as is the acceleration to “100” which is 4.7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km / h. BMW is proud to say that it is the most powerful four-cylinder series production engine in the company’s history. The journey from Munich to Tyrol in Austria was interesting and exciting at the same time. The highway ride and “pedal to the floor” unleashed the beast in a powerful BMW hatchback and we “stuck” to the seat, and when we thought the excitement was over, climbing the heights through the winding narrow roads where this Bavarian “pocket rocket” came “acted as in their own territory. The power of the M135i xDrive, its excellent suspension and precise handling, and its stable body position in the M Sport seats, have given us a striking driving experience.
The BMW M135i in Germany costs € 48,900.
The new Series 1 can already be ordered in BiH through a network of authorized dealers.