Top Gear likes the new BMW 1 Series

1-series | October 31st, 2011 by 12
2012 bmw 118i 0711 750x500 Top Gear likes the new BMW 1 Series

The online edition of Top Gear published their review of the all-new BMW 1 Series. The entry-level BMW launched back in September and due to …

The online edition of Top Gear published their review of the all-new BMW 1 Series. The entry-level BMW launched back in September and due to its controversial exterior design, it has received mixed reviews.

Let’s have a look at an excerpt from Top Gear’s review, and we already look forward to a full video review by Jeremy Clarkson.

“Time to hit the road. BMW’s smallest car now has a cabin that’s on a par with its much bigger, pricier siblings. It’s almost a decade since iDrive appeared in its brave but misfiring v1.0 incarnation, and, for my money, BMW’s current multi-media system is easily the most elegant and user-friendly of the lot.

2012 bmw 118i 0711 655x436 Top Gear likes the new BMW 1 Series

Hard drive-based navigation and 12-speaker Harman/Kardon hi-fi with DAB and a digital amplifier are all brilliant if pricey options, but even a parched 1-Series is a handsome place to be. Good materials, great driving position and some decent design flourishes. I love the interior doorhandles, and the cup-holder recesses in the base of the doors are cleverly designed and spacious. Here, at least, it kicks a Golf or A3 into touch.

It gets better. As with the previous 1, this might be a small BMW, but the bits underneath are very grown-up. The suspension is independent all-round, with MacPherson struts on the front and a sophisticated five-link axle at the rear. The front axle is mostly aluminium, which reduces unsprung mass, and the suspension’s kinematics have all been sharpened. You can tell immediately. A veteran of numerous ruinously run-flat-clad BMWs, I actually got out after 10 minutes to double-check that TG’s test car was actually on them and that my arse wasn’t lying to me. It’s still firm enough, don’t get me wrong, but it filters out the worst that the UK’s beaten roads can chuck at it while maintaining a decent entertainment focus.”

Full review at Top Gear

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