BMW 1 Series 116d 5Dr Review
Peppy point of entry

Story and Photos by Alvan Sio
2 Dec 2015

Introduction, styling updates

Much like the 318i we tested a while ago, BMW has recently given its baby 1 Series a nip and tuck too. In the same typical BMW LCI (read the 318i article for detailed explanation of BMW terms) way, the Bavarians have given the 1 Series fairly minor styling updates to bring it closer to the current family look.

The 1 Series has always been a popular offering on our roads; it provides an affordable (relatively) point of entry to the BMW family and comes with enough practicality and performance not to let prospective buyers walk away with disappointment. This new one is no different. Except BMW has decided to try a new strategy with this car – they’ve brought in the diesel version and the diesel version only for now.

Dubbed the 116d, this new baby bimmer comes loaded with a tiny three cylinder 1.5l diesel engine that BMW claim can deliver up to 1,220 km per full tank. While that may sound like a bit of a stretch, this car will certainly do much in the way of km/l, as we shall see. For now, let’s take a look at what they’ve changed.

And they haven’t changed much really. Besides the new LED headlamps and restyled curvy LED tail lamps you basically only get some subtly restyled rear and front bumpers and that’s it. No one will blame you for not being able to tell the difference between the LCI and pre, because unless you’re a BMW fanboy, it’s not really something that anyone would spot at first glance.

On the inside, it’s pretty much the same as the original car. Nothing much has changed and if you already have an F20 (that’s the BMW internal code for this 1er) you won’t find yourself particularly lusting over this new one.

The 1 Series was never described as beautiful or stylish or chic or anything along those lines; and it still really isn’t any of those things. What it is and remains though is sporty, compact and capable of handling everyday abuse.

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Engine Capacity 1496cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 16.5:1
Bore x Stroke (90.0 x 84.0)mm
Power 116bhp @ 4000rpm
Torque 270Nm @ 1750rpm
Power to Weight 83.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 24.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4329 x 1765 x 1432) mm
Wheelbase 2690 mm
Kerb Weight 1395 kg