This is where the 1-Series really belongs. Sure, it can also be an open-road partner, but this car is best at telling urban stories. The 118i version we tested seems to have just the right amount of power (170 hp) to allow you to do everything you want inside the city's borders.
Now you can even go shopping, but there's much more to the evolution of the 1-Series than more space behind the B-pillars.
The downsized 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, a new development, really works for city cruising. It's got a multi-purpose character not tuned like for a hot hatch, so it allows you to cater for all type of urban transportation needs, from A to B traffic jam transportation to short burst that might be interpreted as street racing. The six speed manual on the other hand doesn't bring anything special.
The suspension offers a rare compromise that allows you to spare the money for the optional adaptive one and inside the city you won't be so bothered by those intrusive sport seats.
The vehicle's design does require parking sensors to be able to keep both bumpers in shape and the rear view camera of our test car also proved extremely useful.
You find the car's setting fit for both leisure evening drive on the boulevard and shopping trips in a rush, as well as for the daily travel. The engine has power and torque reserves that can bring a smile on your face and the car feels nimble through the traffic. One of the best parts about it is the new optional Servotronic steering, which switches between "ratios" as if it predicts your every move, while also being communicative.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Hmm... this seems to be the same story. I feel just like in the old 1-Series, but only I'm in 2011. I like the engine, I love the rear-wheel-drive, but it still doesn't feel 100 percent like a Bimmer should.
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