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BMW 1 Series 118i Review: Home improvement

With the recently launched second generation model, BMW finally have the chance to iron out the previous gen 1 Series’ shortcomings. We find out if it has been successful in doing so.
OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
27 Nov 2011
What we like:
pros
Improved ride
pros
improved interior packaging
pros
improved performance
What we dislike:
cons
Still not very pretty
cons
narrow driver’s foot well
cons
can do with more refinement

The cabin’s looks are pretty much inspired by those in bigger BMW models. Sitting on top of the dash is a standalone LCD screen for the iDrive operating system. As expected of a BMW, everything is very driver-centric – the dials are clear and legible even at a glance while the placement of all the switchgear is logical and within reach of the driver. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable but there’s a shortage of space in the foot well area due to the sizable transmission tunnel in the middle.

The new 1 Series’ more generous exterior dimensions equate to a significantly better packaged cabin. Rear passengers will not likely to complain as much about any lack of room when compared to the old model. Adults of any size and shape will have more than sufficient leg and headroom when seated at the rear of the new 1. The trunk has 360 litres of storage space, which can increase to up to 1200 litres of storage space with the seats folded. Other useful storage spaces found throughout the cabin include large door pockets, two cupholders in the centre console, a roomy glove compartment, and a compartment under the armrest.

The new model’s cabin has a higher level of build quality and perceived luxury compared to the older 1 Series models. The Sport Line model tested here features red accents on the doors, dashboard, instruments and so on to further lift cabin ambience.

The new 118i is much better equipped with standard kit when compared to its predecessor. Standard on the 118i include 17-inch wheels, Park Distance Control, cruise control, Xenon headlamps, factory fitted stereo with an Aux and USB input, electrically adjustable front seats, a multi-function steering wheel and so on.

The new 1 Series is definitely a significant step forward in many key areas of performance, interior accommodation and ride when compared to the old model.Moreover, the 118i is very competitively priced when compared to its closest rivals, thanks to its new Cat A COE classification. It’s just such a big pity that BMW’s designers can’t make it look prettier.

Credits: Story by Joe Yeo Photos by Raymond Lai

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