BMW 1 Series (Five Door) Review
Engineering, refinement, innovation and creativity all capsuled to create a legend, BMW. The German luxury car specialist has been gifting the world with the most worshipped luxury automobile since about a century and is again out to display its panache excellence, in the form of its another heir BMW 1 Series. The series comes in its 5-door hatch body style for the Philippines market. The series took its first breath in the year 2004 and the second generation F20 5-door hatchback face of the series was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and released later in 2011.
Engine, Mileage and Variants
The German giant surely respects the preciseness of your choice and features a car for each one of its enthusiasts according to his call of individuality. The car comes in 11 exclusive variants out of which 4 are petrol variants and 7 diesel variants. The most dynamic soul injecting life in the veins of this sporty hatch is the 2.0 litre 4-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder diesel engine that is integrated with the advanced common-rail direct injection technology and Variable Geometry Turbine turbocharger (VGT), which ensures a precise and efficient combustion operation. Owing to its refinement the engine churns out a maximum power of 218hp at 4400 in collaboration with a torque of 450Nm between 1500 to 2500 rpm. This finely-refined engine supplies torque efficiently to all the wheels of the car and allows it to establish 100km/h of speed from naught in just 6.3 seconds. All this comes with a high fuel economy of 4.7 to 4.9 L/100km.
Elegant by look, functional by nature and a BMW by purpose. The exterior design of the car is crafted precisely to feature an elongated and exquisite look with a sporty and aerodynamic design. The spontaneity injected in the car leaves a hint on its exterior design. The unmistakable BMW identity of the car is resembled in the front look of the car with the attributes like the dominating kidney grille with chromed gloss black slats and white sides, front lamps embedded with high-beam assistant, and the tweaked front bumper. The side view of the car also fetches some fascination glance with the 16-inch steel wheels, which can be customised with many impressive wheel designs, flowing side lines that reflects slippery aerodynamics and the shark fin antenna. The sleek, elongated and road-hugging look of the car is a product of the precise dimensions of the car, which reads 4324mm x 1765mm x 1421mm (L x W x H) and the car has a wheelbase of 2690mm, which contributes towards the stability of the car.
The interior of the car is poured in with luxury and accentuated with convenient technology. The car displays a special affection for the driver with the authoritative ergonomics in the form of leather covered multifunctional steering wheel, precisely-lit infotainment system, touchscreen display with Navigation system Professional and electrically adjustable driver's seat. The decorative trim running all around the inlays, center console and the door panels ornate the cabins appearance. The cabins are designed to display a pleasurable sense of luxury, incorporated by the large leather dressed seats, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning and superior quality sound system, that lets you enjoy the real essence of your favourite genres. Adding to your comfort and convenience list is the capacious 359 litre cargo volume of the car that can be utilized upto 1200 litres.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The safety featured by a BMW car is particularly dependable. Contributing to the preciseness of the statement the hatchback is installed with an extensive list of safety features consisting of braking assists like the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist and handling assists like the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) that maintains a precise stability assistance over some inhospitable terrains and during dynamic drive operations. The other basic safety features include the Park Distance Control (PDC), lane departure warning, approach warning system and airbags and 3-point seatbelts. The purely distinctive feature of regenerative braking system is also installed in the car with the front and rear disc brakes that switches the motor into a generator for using the waste energy during braking.
The stylish and sporty hatchback from BMW is capsuled to feature an efficient performance with precise and smooth handling characteristics. It displays solemnly delightful interior comfort and has the potential to be the most beloved member of your family. However, the not-so-competitive price of the car in the premium hatchback range may fade its charm a little.