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First Drive - BMW 1 Series 118i M Sport (A)
15 Nov 2019  |  BMW Reviews
The BMW 1 Series Hatchback is a delight on the road, thanks to its high levels of dynamism, entertaining agility and a perky engine.
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   Consumer Reviews of BMW 1 Series Hatchback
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OVERALL RATING
 
1 Reviewer
4 out of 5
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Comfort
4/5 Reliability
5/5
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Handling
5/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
4/5 Interior Design
4/5
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Value for money
5/5 Engine Performance
4/5
1 out of 1 (100%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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Meant for small car lover  Posted on 11 Oct 2019
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I will recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 5/5
Handling 5/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Review
Driven multiple affortable conti cars before (with each mileage ranging form 10k km to 100k km) - A-class, CLA, A3, 320i, X1, m140i, Astra, Insignia and Discovery Sport. Had also driven some Japanese cars.

Owned this baby beemer for 3 years, clocked 100km, unmodded. Other than the normal servicing, there is no problem. Doors gave ratting sounds initially.

When alone, this baby beemer provides drivers the usual bmw fun drive and stability. It is possible to do sharp turns at 60km/hr without drifting or losing control (not much body roll). At low mileage, when taking off at traffic light, this car feels slow and sluggish. After owning for a period of time, the car gets faster when moving off (at around 2000rpm), usually the first few cars, leaving the others behind. The steering is responsive, sharp and gives good feedback. All the above are driven in comfortable mode. Though most cars allow drivers to drive aggressively, not all cars are fun to drive. Driver seat is fairly comfortable but not the best in the same category.

When with family, the car allows the driver to drive 'less fun', providing more comfort to passengers. The suspension absorbs well but not the best in small car category. Due to run flat, road noise are noticeable. The cabin is well isolated, however, when rev-ing with open windows, the rattling sound is noticeable. Breaking gives better control and less jerky than some of bmw competitors. The interior are more than sufficient for small families (inclusive of kids and elders). Able to put chicco nextfit child seat in rear seats with 2 more passengers in car (front passenger height ranges from 1.60+m to 1.70+m with sufficient legroom, knee not touching the glove compartment). The boot is adequate for small family. Had transported many DIY furniture's. Even though many sedans have 40:20:40 rear seats setup, this baby beemer has the additional height and height entrance for its boot.

Fuel consumptions are pretty good, ranging from 14+km/l (80 city drive-20 highway) to 18+km/l (80 highway-20 city; Based on Google map). Tried once to kl, Malaysia, with fuel consumption of 20.5km/l. Competitive fuel cost.

Driven a m140i on autobahn. Even though it is impressive to own a m140i in Singapore, having a 100% Down payment for non-m140i is quite impressive too.

What I like
-New engine
-Responsive zf8 speed gear
-The only rwd in the same category (feels the 'push' after the turbo kicks in)
-Smart algorithm that adapts to driver's driving behaviour
-Comes with signal light switch
-Memory seats (front)
-Good fuel consumption and affordable fuel cost
-Good steering feedback
-Provides options to drive - fun driving (not aggressive) or family oriented, instead of pure family oriented driving
-Good turning radius, able to complete a u-turn within 1.5 lanes
-Low enough for kids and elders to get into the car
-Well isolated
-Can be fast in cooling car down by using auto mode
-New competitive standard servicing package (AD) comparing to some korean and some Japan cars AD
-Rear legroom is very close to 3 series
-Tested by overseas organisation on good crash rating compared to small Japan cars

What I do not like
-Bmw stigma
-Doors' designs, challenging for kids and elders in tight parking space
-Noticeable road noise when using run flat (runflat had saved me before)
-Need to drive 60-70km/hr for 15 to 20 mins every 2 to 3 days to generate diesel particulate filter (DPF), possible PDF blockage for daily short distance drive
-No ventilation seats, good in hot weather
-Rear seats not as comfortable as front seats
-Crash rating might not be as good as bigger conti vehicles, hybrid vehicles and construction vehicles

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