Thanks to its larger size, this is a chapter where the new 1er can laugh in the face of the old one. The sound proofing and the solid feel were already there, but they were waiting for more room, especially in the back, to be able to cater to the human transportation needs with grace.
The suspension offers a good compromise, speaking both ride and handling languages, a pretty surprising fact, considering that our test car came with the optional M suspension -even the ride height was no spoilt princess.
However, this story also has its dragons, with the one breathing the hottest fire being a creature with two front seats instead of a head. The sport seats are way to eager to show you that they're ready to provide lateral support during corners and while they would be great on a track, they tend to suffocate you after a while.
Another problem would be the undecided nature of the car. While there's decent leather on the steering wheel and the textile upholstery looks and feels good in a way that really makes leather optional, there are certain plastic surfaces that seems to have been placed there for nail polishing and this can ruin the tactile comfort.
Our test car was packed with optional extras, some of which bring extra point for this chapter - the cruise control, the parking sensors and rear-view camera, the dual-zone climate control and others.Continue reading