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Facelift - BMW 1 Series Hatchback Diesel 116d (A)
09 Sep 2015  |  BMW Reviews
The facelifted BMW 1 Series Hatchback may have lost one cylinder and downsized to a smaller powerplant. But can it outdo its peers with its diesel dominance?
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   Consumer Reviews of BMW 1 Series Hatchback Diesel
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OVERALL RATING
 
4 Reviewers
4 out of 5
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Comfort
3.5/5 Reliability
4/5
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Handling
4.5/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
4/5 Interior Design
4/5
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Value for money
4/5 Engine Performance
4/5
4 out of 4 (100%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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Jccy
Neutral Newbie
2 reviews
3 points
1 forum posts Joined on 28-Sep-2009
A very smart city car  Posted on 05 Jan 2017
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I will recommend this vehicle to a friend
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Comfort 3/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 5/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Decided to return to bimmer club after driving a previous Japanese saloon. Was with wife shopping for a hatch when we bumped into enthusiastic PML salesman trying to highlight the high points of this last rear wheel drive diesel hatch from bravarian auto.
1. Fuel efficiency@1000km per liter; Add this with 40% Saving from mainstream petrol cost in sgp
2. Improved sound insulation (inside), and a new refinement over the infamous diesel clattering engine (at least it seems now when new)
3. Thrown in BMW intelligent "Eyes" (front & rear) from PML
4. Extended 2 years warranty@Foc
5. BMW shop voucher etc
We locked the deal and the rest is history.
So far, have already done 2k mileage with this car. Taken the punchy hatch to NS highway & all the way to Malacca. Proven the mileage can indeed reach 1000km. Happy to also discover that our neighbour country already have few Euro 5 refill establishment. Everything else is nice & complete so far despite its compactness. Inside storage is plentifully smart in design. We can house 6 water bottles at front & side! More than make up the lack of space for passengers which is the only trade off buying this hatch. In a bigger picture, it make sense to own a compact car too in singapore city with our limited road space. So what is not to like?
The only caveat is the additional tax premium that adds another $500 on the otherwise supposedly <$1k road tax for a patrol car of similar engine capacity, which is just a tiny tad away from attaining 100% Cost effective equation to owning this car, from my point of view. READ: Maybe the next Euro 6 version will enjoy more rebate?! So the morale of story - need to drive more to offset the higher road tax.
Alas, this hatch will not be Euro 6 compatible but it probably make sense to stay put at Euro 5 for time being anyway if there is need to drive up north.

What I like
1. Good torque when driving on highway
2. Easy to manuvour and park (plus for wife)
3. Rear wheel drive
4. Fuel consumption & efficency of diesel engine
5. 3 fold down configuration at rear seat
6. Portable seat memory profile via USB

What I do not like
1. Lack of space for 5 adults
2. Back boot unable to fit golf bag unless the rear seat is folded down
3. No cruse control

Chrisnyc32
Premium User Chrisnyc32
Clutched
2 reviews
46 points
5 forum posts Joined on 13-Jun-2011
Most Fun Hatch i have Ever Owned !  Posted on 27 Apr 2016
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 5/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 5/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 5/5
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BMW badge, proven technology, 3 Cylinder Turbo Engine ! Rear-Wheel Drive ! Whats more to ask ? Got its when COE was low at $11X Awesome Value for Money with 3 year Servicing & Warranty.

I moved from a Pure Performance car, to this, and i'm still Loving it.

Diesel @ 80 cents giving you a practical mileage of 900km / tank. Really, What's not to like? Costs Next to Nothing. No worries of Going to Malaysia as I've tried BHP's Euro 5 Diesel in my other Car, returning good mileage as well.

The Engine in the Efficient Dynamics version is Actually Quiet, will a low Hum and No synonymous Taxi / lorry Rattle compared to previous Diesel engines that were brought in before.

Torque is ample at 270Nm and it seems faster than whats declared on paper.

Couple your Car with M Performance Bumper & M Grills & Carbon Lip, M Sport 18" Rims, M Performance Brembo 4 pot / 2pot Rear, Super Sprint Legal Exhaust, K&N Intake, H& R Lowering Springs. Race Chip Ultimate you will be pushing 400Nm torque and can give any Gti or r32 a run for their money.

Overall understated FANTASTIC CAR !

What I like
Everything Works the Way it Should be!

Love the New BMW LED Lighting Headlights, Super Nice.

Styling Wise way Much Handsome than the Previous model Front & Back Handsdown!

What I do not like
No Paddle Shifters which can be solved by upgrading Software and Changing Steering !

tudorpapa
Premium User tudorpapa
3rd Gear
3 reviews
275 points
52 forum posts Joined on 23-Jan-2014
Cheapest Beemer out there  Posted on 25 Sep 2015
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 3/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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New 1 series falls into Cat A COE, which is fantastic news. The cars drives well, engine is nice and punchy especially at lower revs. Its rear-wheel drive meaning cornering is smooth yet fun, feels like a car that wants you to play with it.

Styling wise, it's not the most good looking car out there. If anything, it is probably nicer to sit inside of it than to look at it from the outside. The inside is very typical bmw, everything is in the right place, everything works. Not the fanciest interior, but it feels very well put together.

What I like
- price. being the only cat A BMW is quite significant
- engine is nice and torque-y
- handles well, not common to find good rwd cars at this price range
- high reported fuel efficiency, but didn't drive enough to really test this

What I do not like
- styling can be better.
- little bit small in the rear

Newbie26
2Fast2Furious
11 reviews
51,009 points
1159 forum posts Joined on 18-Feb-2015
Sporty little bmw  Posted on 22 Sep 2015
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Nice exterior and styling and at entry level it is a reasonable price

Nothing sophisticated inside but comfortable

Power at lower rpm is decent with the high torque

Noise is acceptable

What I like
Nice exterior

BMW batch

Decent ride

Overtaking has no problem

Good fuel consumption

What I do not like
Space at the back is limited

Not a luxury sedan

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BMW 1 Series Hatchback Diesel
4 stars - based on 4 reviews