Review BMW 120d
3We put thousands of kilometers behind the wheel of one of these pretty little cars last year. At the time, we described the 120d as the easiest of the diesel cars on the market.
With tweaks to conventional 2.0-liter rail diesel engines, the 1 Series can be more affirmative than ever for that crown. Even the upgraded 2.0-liter TDI Golf, with greater torque, can match Beemer’s figures, in terms of acceleration and fuel consumption.
BMW has just upgraded the entire 1 Series range, helping the car look bolder and more refined.
The previous model worked well with a capacity of 115kW at 4000rpm and 330Nm from 2000rpm, with 0-100km / h taking 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 21 km / h. The tweaks for the aluminum engine have seen capacity increase to 125kW and torque to 340Nm, the latter available slightly lower in the range of rotation from 1750rpm.
The result is a car that can sprint from 0 – 100km / h in an impressive 7.8 seconds, with a top speed of 226km / h. Fuel economy meanwhile has been reduced from 6.6 to 6.1 liters / 100km (we have received 7.3 liters / 100km).
The new Series 1 has the more predominant oval grille, with transparent glass headlamps integrated into the bumpers and wider air intakes in the newly designed front air dam. Daytime running lights, headlight ringing, integrated into the new bi-xenon headlight package.
Adaptive headlights, which provide optimal light on winding roads, are optional.
From the rear, the new 1 Series can be identified by changes in lights and bumpers.
Inside, the BMW 1 Series achieves new materials, higher quality and color choices as well as additional storage space.
A USB port has been added to the audio system.
The 120d motor, connected to a six-speed sequential auto, allows the driver to change gears manually if desired.
The engine feels rougher than we remember, with a little stopping before the power starts. But when it came, it came in a big, hot, hot rush.
Sometimes, the small doors and the front row are strongly supported making getting in and out of the car difficult.
There was room in the back for three but it was a bit cramped there.
The small rear window and high waist design limit the rear view.
BMW 120d is priced from 48,000 USD.