The new BMW from the 1-series has said goodbye to the rear-wheel drive. A six-cylinder engine is therefore no longer available. The driving dynamics suffer from the change but not.
Not a bad word about the design, I promise. But a sentence about the proportions of the new BMW from the 1-series, the plus in width, length and height is noticeably noticeable despite a slightly shorter wheelbase in the form of more head and legroom in the rear. Even with 380 liters, the trunk now holds 20 liters more than before. Because the two-door is eliminated due to a lack of demand, large drivers have to sit at ear height of the B-pillar, which, as is unfortunately the custom to refrain from height-adjustable tires.
The equipment of the cockpit depends on the budget and the requirement. The basic model uses readable analogue round instruments, eight freely assignable favorite keys and the million-fold proven iDrive controller. If you do not want to specify the navigation module, you must invest 1250 euros in the business package or opt for the professional package of 3100 euros, including even larger screens, head-up display, voice assistant, telephony and various connection options. Services included. The gesture control, which can distinguish nine different hand movements, costs a relatively cheap 300 euros.
The basic model from the 1-series is the 118i with a 140 hp three-cylinder petrol engine, manual transmission, air conditioning and power steering for 28 200 euros – that is 1050 euros more than before. On the other side of the scale, the sporty M 135i xDrive attracts for 48,900 euros. The predecessor was as a five-door although 1650 euros more expensive, but instead of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 306 hp, a 340-horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder for more power and prestige. It is especially this M version that makes it clear that the two 1-generation use very different ways: the old man was purist, grim, fleshy, in case of doubt, rather brutal than authentic. The new car is a bit more spacious, much more fuel-efficient and more up-to-date, without the driving dynamics having suffered dramatically as a result of switching to the front-wheel drive. On the contrary: the current vintage looks completely balanced, remains calm to the extreme, is safe and sufficiently comfortable. The fact that the mother BMW used this project on a whim in Teileregal, the daughter Mini, does not detract from the pleasure.
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The test drive starts with the 118 d automatic transmission, which is less adjusted to performance than to torque and fuel consumption. In the speed range between 1750 and 2500 revolutions per minute, 350 Newton meters (Nm) of torque are available, the force development reaches its peak at 150 hp and 4000 revolutions, the red area starts with an extremely relaxed 4500 trip. The 216 km / h fast five-door sprint in 8.5 seconds from zero to 100 km / h and uses only 4.4 liters per 100 kilometers, even in combination with the largest tires. The smallest four-cylinder diesel is a fine glider without a pronounced Anfahrschwäche, turbo lag trip and nail acoustics. Eight gears are actually too much for the narrow speed range, but the shift paddles on the handlebars (150 euros extra costs) help to exhaust the torque shaft. It is a pity that sailing is only allowed in the EcoPro savings program. It is nice that BMW, if desired, even in the weakest diesel built all driving dynamics options, except four-wheel drive.
From now on, the Munich lure their beginner clientele with a car, where one wants to have the understeer as weaned as the front-wheel drive affects steering, as well as moderate traction and critical handling with low coefficients of friction. The secret of the transformation from the top-heavy pre-scraper to the balanced carver lies in equal parts in the now three times as fast Radschlupfbegrenzung, which has proven itself in a similar form in the i3, and in the equally controlled targeted brake interventions distribution of the yaw moment. The deceleration of the inner wheels, noticeable by the driver, activates a subtle turning movement in the corner, supports the lateral guidance of the tires and ensures neutral self-steering behavior, even at high power. That sounds complicated, but it is amazingly effective. The car follows the steering angle stoically, the force can be brought to the ground almost losslessly, the gap between the actual line and goal line does not even remain. The only drawback is the somewhat artificial steering feel.
In the afternoon the vehicle changes more than doubles the power to 306 hp. Whether the M 135i xDrive allowed as infallible cornering radius as the clearly weaker diesel? Despite considerably higher engine speeds and even an even more powerful torque of 450 Nm, the control systems are doing well again. If you want to experience the characteristics of the chassis without electronic support, you can partially deactivate or completely disable the stability control. The deliberate abandonment of the emergency doctor's stuff, of course, results in more or less pronounced changes in the load change, which can someday culminate without a permanent opponent in a Kurvenausgang pirouette. The adaptive power distribution, which splits the torque between the axes to a ratio of 50:50, professionally records the boundary between absolute directional stability and slight oversteer. With hanging dampers and 17-inch wheels, suspension and driving comfort, the designation deserves a tidy, with M sports suspension and 18-inch wheels, the first noticeable pithier to the point.
The double turbo accelerates the M-derivative from zero to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour. The average consumption according to the new WLTP measurement cycle is 7.1 liters per 100 kilometers. Supported by the responsive and stable brake, the relaxed directional stability and the not too hectic control around the middle position, a sense of sovereignty quickly responds to the top model, which would be a cause for concern in the competition.
The same applies to the extensive range of auxiliary systems, with a special mention of the automatic reversing mechanism, which jumps the last 50 meters in the opposite direction at the touch of a button without any intervention by the driver. Similar to the Mercedes A-Class, BMW offers a network-driven voice assistant for the 1 Series with which short dialogues can be performed. Even complex tasks such as "lead me to an Asian restaurant, but it cannot be Chinese" are quickly accomplished.
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