Since BMW will introduce a new front-wheel-drive,entry-level vehicle, it allowed the 1er to become more mature, starting with size and ending with the feeling you get when sharing life with the car.
This is a
car that knows what it wants and comes with enough self-confidence. The new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine is a declaration of downsizing independece, proving to be good soldier, and the suspension has passed the stage where it behave like a teenager that's always ready to start a riot.
Now there's even decent space in the back, allowing for two adults to travel on long distances, something known as "torture" in the first 1-Series.
But wait, wait, the immaturity is still here, it's just hidden deeper. Leaving the front seats aside (these sport ones hug you all the time and become annoying after 30 minutes of driving), this still hasn't grown into a proper BMW in terms of handling.
Yes, it is civilized enough in order to be used on all occasions. but BMW seems to have forgotten about this issue when engineers and designers slept together in order to make this baby Bimmer.
Long story short (the aforementioned matter is an intimate one and we shall keep it this way), when you push the 118i hard into a corner, it will understeer.
This is just fine, as most people react better to such a setup, but the problem is that the car doesn't seem to know how to handle drivers that prefer a more effervescent reaction and try to make it use its back end more. The car does feel more dynamic than its front-wheel-drive rivals and it's also more efficient than many of them, but when you pay EUR45,000 (USD60,80 at the current exchange rates) for it, you want the real deal, not just a package that's better that others.
So, the Germans have taught the 1-Series how to behave and accept that it has to carry human beings around, as well as protect heir wallets from gas stations and keep them happy, but this car still isn't the perfect life partner for a driver. Isn't this last asset one of the main reasons you buy a BMW in the first place?Continue reading