This is the place where the 1-Series has changed the most and yet is still feels the same. Climbing aboard is like marrying your ex after a divorce and finding out that he really does have the power to change and this congratulating yourself for the decision. Of course, just like in the aforementioned situation, you'll discover that some of the old habits die hard. But let's see what this is all about.
Thanks to the increase in size, the cabin is now larger and the rear passenger no longer feel like they're traveling in child seats. The rear space tribute to using rear-wheel-drive has been payed for long enough (seven years), so it was about time this changed.
However, the sport seats fitted on the Sport version of the 118i we tested, have the same issue as the ones on the previous generation. The tight, excessive, lateral support makes you feel constrained after you travel more than 30 minutes.
You do get used to the sensation and notice it less, but it's still unpleasant and it can turn the whole driving experience into a disaster if you are the owner of a larger body.
Some materials in the cabin aren't exactly what you'd expect, but our test car did manage to distract our attention from this through the use of a multitude of optional extras, such as a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, electric control for the front seats, an integrated iPod support with BMW Apps and special trimming.Continue reading