Expert Review of BMW 1 Series 118d Base
The small car market in India is always been the unquestioned king, the battle in the entry level hatch segment is always brutal and the story of the luxury segment is no different either. The heightened competition has made the auto majors shift to the down market and bring the production of the small cars here in India to cut the excise duty and keep the price competitive. Also, a new strategy has emerged - to offer luxury at cut off prices. The German titans BMW is going with this rule and has launched the BMW 1 Series, the Dynamic 1 on the same lines. The less price strategy is used to counterattack the stiff competition from the mid market product manufacturers like Toyota Motor Corp and Volkswagen AG in India's highly cost sensitive market. The BMW 1 Series model series will face stiff competition in the market from the Volvo V40 and the Mercedes A Class, which the German titian has rolled out this baby Bimmer to amplify the competition in the premium hatchback segment of the Indian car market. After losing the top spot from the Indian luxury market, Mercedes Benz has adopted the small car offensive strategy here and BMW is also not sitting quietly to watch the scene. This leading luxury segment German marque has gone onto the persistent mode to offer stiff competition by launching a number of vehicles in the Indian market to gain back its loss with a counterattack strategy that includes introduction of its own low cost models to keep its position strong and healthy. The entry level luxury hatch, which BMW has labeled the Dynamic 1, comes in the 5-door version only. There are three diesel variants and the BMW 1Series 118d is powered with the 2.0 litre TwinPower turbocharged engine, which produces a maximum power of 143bhp and peak torque of 320Nm. The hatch has come into the market via the completely knocked down (CKD) route and will be assembled in Chennai.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
BMW 1 Series talks of efficient performance at all levels and this includes in the mileage terminology also, the engine and gearbox of this base version amplifies performance and offers an outstanding efficiency of 20.58 kmpl.
This hatchback series shade card depicts 8 colors. From metallic finish to plain shades, the exteriors of this hatch are finished to perfection. The shade card includes Alpine white, Black Sapphire, Crimson Red, Deep Sea Blue,Glacier Silver, Midnight Blue, Mineral Grey and Valencia Orange.
Acceleration and Pick up
All thanks to the potent 1995cc motor along with the 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox, this BMW 1 Series 118d Base is capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 8.6 seconds and offers a top speed of 212 kmph.
When looked from the outside, the BMW 1 Series 118d Base trim boasts of sports styling and dynamic design overall, which has been accentuated with a slight pinch of rugged look for a distinctive appeal. The wheelbase has been extended and to accompany the long wheelbase, the hatch has been rendered with a long bonnet. The seating area meaning the front and the rear bench have been pushed back a little to show off sportiness. The front facade has been made striking with the help of the eye shaped headlight clusters, arch-typical kidney grille, the extended bonnet and its cut lines and the persistent swag line just below the shoulder point. The fog lamps are round and the body colored bumpers amplifies the look of the front fascia. The rear end of this hatch is titivated with a body colored bumper, stylish tail light cluster and a large windshield.
The BMW 1 Series 118d Base comes loaded with the comforts to give a stiff competition to MercA Class, the dashboard is adorned with a smart looking 8.8 inch screen on the center console. The storage space is ample in the boot with 360 litres of space and the rear seats split 40:20:40. The cabin ambiance is BMW has also introduced the iDrive system with this hatch. This app once paired to your phone, lets you Tweet and update your Facebook status without having to touch your phone. The automatic air conditioner system with a dual zone control along with rear air vents keeps the ambiance cool at the time. The panoramic electrical glass roof offers a fresh breath and lets you enjoy the starry sky.
The second generation of the Dynamic 1 Series hatch has grown in proportions in comparison to its predecessor. Longer, wider, and with an increased wheelbase, this hatch has grown and into a skilled and competent compact hatchback. At 4324mm X 1765mm x 1421mm and a wheelbase of 2690mm.
The BMW 1 Series 118d Base is affixed with a TwinPower Turbo Four-cylinder diesel engine, which generates 143bhp power and maximum torque of 320 Nm. The highly efficient 1995cc diesel engine comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox and driving experience control including Eco, Pro and Servotronic for enhanced performance.
This BMW 1 Series 118d Base comes with newly introduced 16” light alloy wheels, which are typically V spoke style and BMW has designed with 5-arm structured layout to fix in tyres of size 205/55 R16, which have a superior grip on the roads.
The all-new BMW 1 Series 118d Base is offered with the best driving dynamics in its class, thanks to the high-performance suspension. Since the engine is longitudinally mounted engine the high grade suspension and the Rear-wheel drive features have all joined up to offer a balanced weight ratio between front and rear axles to offer an easy charade.
Handling and Control
The handling and control features are to be looked upon with prudent eyes. The BMW 1 Series 118d Base can be put to a halt with the disc braking mechanism. The hatch has been rendered with ABS and power steering options, which derives the energy with the help of brake energy regeneration system and from kinetic energy. Along with these features the hatch also comes with Dynamic Stability Control, Cornering Brake control, Runflat tyres with an indicator and EBD with crash sensor.
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