A review of the BMW 116d
The third-generation BMW 1-Series is a luxury hatch that comes to the showroom with the promise of better efficiency, better value and an improved overall look. The new entry-level 116d ED Plus is the smallest of the new models and is certainly more eye-catching than previous 1-Series vehicles. The new design has been created by Calvin Luk and is better proportioned than previous versions, with sculptured lines, more focussed lighting, a tweaked grille, and a larger exhaust for a sportier feel.
There is nothing inside the cabin that is any different from any other BMW model, which is not a bad thing, and the new model is well put together, high-tech and functional. The new version has more leg room; however, owners who want to carry passengers in the back are advised to buy the four-door version. The new BMW 1-Series has a larger boot space and the load bay cargo nets are a nice feature, as they secure items in the back and stop them rattling around.
This car is not slow when it comes to handling and performance. Engine options include the 125i,118i, 120i and the lightning-fast M135i, with six diesel models. The 116d can accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 124mph. Even though BMW has improved the power, its new engines have better fuel consumption; in the case of the 116d, this is a superb 78.5mpg.
The verdict is that this is an excellent little hatch that is well worth the money.