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CarAdvice reviews the BMW 120d Hatchback

1-series | October 31st, 2009 by 8
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We might not be lucky to get the BMW 1 Series hatchback in the U.S., but this doesn’t stop us from bringing you car reviews …

We might not be lucky to get the BMW 1 Series hatchback in the U.S., but this doesn’t stop us from bringing you car reviews around the world. The Aussie fellows at CarAdvice spent some time behind the wheel of a 5-door BMW 120d Hatchback.

“Marrying sharp driving dynamics and strong performance credentials with drip-sipping fuel consumption figures and a low carbon footprint sounds like a match that, if not already deep in couple’s therapy, is well en route to a bitter divorce.

In fact most so-called green vehicles are about as exciting to drive a fun park go-kart – you know, the ones that couldn’t fight their way out of the proverbial wet paper bag – a stigma I’m certain no self-discerning driving enthusiast would dare want gracing their garage.

CarAdvice reviews the BMW 120d HatchbackBMW’s Efficient Dynamics program has set about changing the ‘green means gutless’ philosophy with a range of cars that finally melds the best of both worlds expectation that, until now, has been sorely lacking.

Combining on-road substance with environmental responsibility the 120d features a powerful yet lean 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine mated to a slick shifting six-speed manual gearbox and intelligent stop-start technology.

The result is an eager performing five-door hatch capable of accelerating from rest to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds whilst simultaneously delivering a hybrid-esque fuel consumption figure of just 5.2L/100km (combined, as tested).”

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  • mark

    “We might not be lucky to get the BMW 1 Series hatchback in the U.S., but this doesn’t stop us from bringing you car reviews around the world.”

    Hey don’t forget that many of your readers aren’t in the states. Me I’m in Gran Canaria where we have available pretty much the entire range of BMW’s. Keep the reviews coming. :)

  • PauloVF

    In Portugal we have all the BMW range…it´s a shame that in the US many diesel cars, if not all, are not available…you would love diesel power…

  • dagato

    haha very funny
    the americans have the very best of the entire planet production, may it be jap, euro or american. Why bother with some litle car.

  • mark

    Oh you know, co2 emissions, global warming – all that boring stuff you ignore but which has led to billions of dollars of damage to your country and huge loss of life. What’s funny is the ingrained attitude by the majority of the American populous to drive around in huge trucks. One reason why the polluting US has lost the respect of the rest of the world over the last 20 years..

  • Kyle

    get off your soapbox mark this about cars…save your rants for a politics forum

  • guest

    We do need more compacts here in the USA. BMWUSA, bring the hatch here again. It’s also the American perceptions of a small car that might ” in the eyes of the public” tarnish the image of the German car. Quite sad, actually.

  • mark

    @Kyle

    Where’s the rant? Yes, this is an article about cars which compares it with other ‘green’ cars. A fuel efficient and low emission car which is part of BMW’s ‘efficient dynamics’ range. Yet somehow I can’t discuss fuel efficiency or co2 emissions in response to another commenter disregarding the worth of ‘some little car’? Why is that?

  • daniel

    What a crock. Upon observation, driving many miles per day per occupation, it has been noted, like now, in southern california, I do see this brand of auto in the emergency lane more than any other brand of vehicle on the road.Why all the fuss. I have owned, not leased (as you all tend to do) the brand mentioned. The whole line is garbage. It is like comparing an Omega watch to a Rolex. The Omega is a far superior timepiece to a Rolex. Made better with an older straight, proven means (technology). No games. It is what you call a ‘Working Tool’. As with the claims of BMW, and their dependability? A no go. All hype. This has been proven thhough federal and independent testing, and experience driving the vehicle. When looking back, my Toyota 4 runner has endured more than BMW Motors could ever imagined. Things always look good on paper with German engineering. But in the field, it is always (guaranteed) differient. It is my background. Too bad for Bavarian Motor Works. Especially when the majority of their cars are built in the United States. Vehicles ‘Made in Japan’ are the choice for educated people that do not need to worry about status. My Land Cruiser is a good example. Number #1, dependable. Not flashy in the least. ‘Japanese Stealth’. So, if I had to dole out 60 large, It would be theToyota. I apologize to the fact that this letter does not render to the car at hand. So what.

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