UK magazine AutoExpress drives the F20 four-door BMW 125d equipped with the M Sport package. The F20 1er Hatchback made its debut last summer and it was offered in Europe with both petrol and diesel engines. The 125d with M Sport package is considered to be, so far, the flagship of the new 1 Series family.
The M Sport pack brings changes to the exterior, including both aerodynamic and stylistic improvements. Starting at the front of the vehicle, the front air dam has been widened to accommodate larger air intakes which feed the cooling systems. Moving to the side valence, a more sculptured prominent line is drawn above the rocker panels, adding the appearance of muscle and weight to the car. Finally, at the rear BMW has incorporated a more aggressive and sculpted rear bumper, rounding out the look.
In the UK, the model starts at £27,820 and provides a fuel economy of 60 imperial mpg.
But how does it drive? Let’s have a look at an excerpt from their review:
The performance is all you’d expect of the M Sport badge. Like the 120d, the 125d uses a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, with an output of 215bhp – up 34bhp on the 120d. As a result, 0-62mph takes 6.5 seconds (against 7.3 seconds for the 120d) when hooked up to the slick eight-speed automatic gearbox in our test model.
Fuel economy is impressive, too. BMW claims 58.9mpg, against 62.8mpg for the 120d. The only downside is that the 125d can’t quite match the 120d on emissions – it puts out 7g/km more CO2, at 126g/km, which means road tax costs an extra £70 a year.
With an enormous 450Nm of maximum torque from just 1,500rpm, though, the 125d always has razor-sharp response and lots of deep-chested urge, which makes it as fast as a petrol hot hatch like the Ford Focus ST. The sports suspension is 10mm lower than standard, and certainly helps put a smile on your face on a twisty road. Thanks to BMW’s Drive Performance Control system, the ride’s not uncomfortable, however.
You can choose from four driving modes, ranging from economy-minded ECO PRO to Comfort, Sport and Sport plus. This means the 125d can be smooth and relaxing one moment, but racy the next.
Full review at AutoExpress and here is our own review from last year.