As height remains unchanged, the 17mm wider body
brings a sportier look, a more spacious interior and
typical BMW proportions: long bonnet and wheelbase, with a
08 June 2011 : Bringing a new compact car to a
highly competitive market segment is not an easy task, especially if
advanced technical content is high on the agenda.
But when this new model belongs to the premium sphere of
a segment (in this instance, the compact / lower-medium / C-segment),
price considerations take the passenger seat, leaving the driver's one to brand image,
technical and quality leadership. Although the value-for-money equation still
applies, it does so from different angles.
With the new generation 2012 BMW 1 Series, which is
due for market launch from September 2011 (UK market with on-the-road
prices starting from GB£19,375 for the 116i ES), the Bavarian brand does
not offer only the unique rear-wheel-drive argument for the car's segment.
the new 5-door 1 Series is 85mm longer
than the 1st generation. The wheelbase grows by 30mm (to 2690mm).
Indeed, the equipment list of the new generation includes
eight-speed automatic transmission, a Start/Stop function for both manual
and automatic transmissions, a standard ECO PRO mode for efficiency, an
electromechanical power steering, optional Variable Sports Steering.
Other features include (standard or optional, depending on markets and versions)
the Driving Stability Control with Dynamic Traction Control and
electronically locking rear differential, the BMW iDrive and
ConnectedDrive systems, high-beam assistance, adaptive headlights, parking
assistance, reversing camera, lane departure warning, cruise control with
brake function, speed-limit and no-passing information, Internet
connectivity, smartphone and music player integration, real-time traffic
information and others.
The picture is clearer now. Yes, it's a compact car,
but not any compact one.
model in the compact C-segment.
To start from the basic
quantitative argument, the second generation BMW 1 Series comes
significantly bigger than its predecessor. At 4324 millimetres length, the
new 5-door 1 Series (the other body versions will follow later) is 85 millimetres longer
than the 1st generation. The wheelbase grows by 30mm (to 2690mm), with a 51mm wider front track
72mm wider one at the back (1569mm). The following links open the pages
1 Series specifications, dimensions, weights for the petrol and the diesel
As height remains unchanged (1421mm), the 17mm wider body (1765mm) brings a sportier look with a more spacious interior
(including 20mm more rear legroom), and the typical BMW proportions: a
long bonnet and wheelbase with a set-back cabin.
Size and volume benefits allowed
the luggage compartment to grow 9.1 percent, from 330 to 360 litres. By lowering the
standard 60/40 split rear seats, this volume can be increased up to
1,200-litres, with a flat surface extending all the way to the
front seats. The optional through-loading system has 40/20/40 split-folding
controller on the centre console with a high-resolution 6.5 inch flatscreen
monitor (Sport Line interior).
On the engine side, BMW says that its new 1
Series will be launched with a choice of three diesel (2.0 litre) and two
petrol engines (1.6L), all longitudinally mounted, with four inline
cylinders. It is also BMW's first
production model to break the 100g/km mark with CO2 emissions, achieving
99g/km in the 116d
All models feature the new BMW
TwinPower Turbo technology with direct injection for all the petrol and diesel engines.
A brief description follows for each of the engines, with the full
specifications available from these links: 1
Series specs, petrol and 1
Series specs, diesel.
petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package (
twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection with maximum
injection pressure of 200 bar, VALVETRONIC and
Double-VANOS variable valve control). The twin-scroll principle uses separate
ducts both in the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger itself, each serving
one pair of two cylinders, so the engine responds rapidly to
the throttle movements.
Capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 125 kW/ 170 hp/ 168 bhp at 4,800 rpm, maximum torque: 250 Nm
(184.4 lb-ft) at 1,500 – 4,500 rpm,
acceleration 0 – 100 km/h: 7.4 seconds, maximum speed: 225 km/h,
combined-cycle fuel consumption*: 5.8 – 5.9 litres/100
kilometres (equivalent to 48.7 – 47.8 UK mpg, 40.5 – 39.9 US mpg or 17.2 –
16.9 kms per litre. Conversions are based on autopressnews.com figures), CO2
emissions*: 134 – 137 g/km, emissions standard: EU5
(* EU test
to differences in the tyres fitted).
Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine with the TwinPower
Turbo technology package, 1,598 cc, 100 kW/ 136 hp/ 134 bhp
at 4, 400 rpm, 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) at 1,350 – 4, 300 rpm, 0 – 100 km/h in
8.5 seconds, maximum speed: 210 km/h,
combined-cycle fuel consumption*: 5.5 – 5.7 litres/100
kilometres (equivalent to 51.3 – 49.5 UK mpg, 42.8 – 41.3 US mpg or
18.2 – 17.6 kms per litre), CO2
emissions*: 129 – 132 g/km, emissions standard: EU5.
diesel engine with the TwinPower Turbo technology package, consisting of
variable-geometry turbocharger, common-rail magnetic-valve direct
injection (max. injection pressure: 1,800 bar), 1,955 cc, 135 kW/ 184 hp/
181 bhp at 4, 000 rpm, 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) at 1,750 –
2,750 rpm, 0 – 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds, maximum speed: 228
km/h, combined-cycle fuel consumption*: 4.5 – 4.6 litres/100
kilometres (equivalent to 62.7 – 61.4 UK mpg, 52.3 – 51.1 US mpg or
22.2 – 21.7 kms per litre),
CO2 emissions*: 119 – 122 g/km, emissions standard: EU5.
diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package (max. injection pressure: 1,600 bar), 1,955 cc, 105 kW/143 hp
/ 141 bhp at 4,000 rpm, 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) at 1,750 – 2,
500 rpm, 0 – 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, maximum speed: 212
km/h, combined-cycle fuel consumption*: 4.4 – 4.5 litres/100
kilometres (equivalent to 64.1 – 62.7 UK mpg, 53.4 – 52.3 US mpg or
22.7 – 22.2 kms per litre),
CO2 emissions*: 115 – 118 g/km, emissions standard: EU5.
diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package (max. injection pressure: 1,600 bar), 1,955 cc, 85 kW/116 hp
/ 114 bhp at 4,000 rpm, 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) at 1,750 –
2,500 rpm, 0 – 100 km/h in 10.3 seconds, maximum speed: 200
km/h, combined-cycle fuel consumption*: 4.3 – 4.5 litres/100
kilometres (equivalent to 65.6 – 62.7 UK mpg, 54.7 – 52.3 US mpg
or 23.2 – 22.2 kms per litre),
CO2 emissions*: 114 – 117 g/km, emissions standard: EU5.
Interior surfaces are layered, giving an organic look and
In conjunction with an optional navigation system and the BMW
Professional radio, the new 1 Series uses the BMW iDrive system. This
comprises a controller on the centre console, favourites buttons and a
freestanding flatscreen monitor. The 6.5 or 8.8-inch high-resolution control
display, which is integrated into the instrument panel, is used for all
information, entertainment, telecommunications and navigation functions (when satellite navigation is specified).
New 1 Series Sport Line
(left) and Urban Line (right).
Storage space is available in the
door pockets, the glove box and a compartment under the armrest.
Bottles of up to 1 litre can be fitted into the lower door panel sections,
in addition to two cupholders on the centre console.
An optional storage package includes compartments in the
rear doors and nets on the front seatbacks.
The BMW Sport Line and Urban Line make their debut with
special interior and exterior equipment.
the Sport Line (top) and Urban Line (above).
The Sport Line interior
includes sports seats with specific
coverings, leather sports steering wheel with contrasting red stitching, a
red keyclasp, adjustable armrests, high-gloss black interior trim and matt
coral accent strips. The instruments have specific number and scaling
designs. The ambient lighting can be switched between orange and white, the
inclusion of this feature in the centre console and footwell is exclusive to
the BMW Sport Line.
Other features of the Sport Line include 16-inch
star-spoke light-alloy wheels, black exhaust pipe end trim, and door sill
finishers with “BMW Sport” lettering. The kidney bars, the central air
intake trim bar, the side intake surrounds and the rear bumper trim are all
high-gloss black. Additional options include high-gloss black mirror caps
and 17-inch two-tone light-alloy wheels.
The Urban Line includes other specific cloth/leather
seats, leather sports steering wheel, adjustable armrests, and acrylic glass
interior trim, which is available in white or black with matt oxide silver
The ambient and courtesy lights can be switched between
orange and LED royal blue. An additional light source on the B-pillar
enhances the effect of the illumination.
The distinctive exterior includes specific 16-inch
V-spoke alloy wheels or optional 17-inch high-gloss white wheels with an
angled surface, and white rear bumper trim. Additional design accents on the
front include white kidney bars with chrome-plated fronts and a white trim
bar for the centre air intake. The side intake surrounds are painted in the
same colour as the car, and the BMW Urban Line also includes door sill
finishers with “BMW Urban” lettering and a white keyclasp. White mirror
caps are available as an option.
Other individually customizable features include a choice
of seat coverings, interior trims and accent strips and light-alloy wheels.
Apart from the new BMW Lines, the standard equipment
includes satin silver interior trim and Move fabric seats, and among the
optional alternatives are additional interior trims and accent panels and
Dakota leather seats in a choice of two colours. All upholstery versions are
also available for the optional sports seats, and there are first three
standard and five metallic exterior paint colours.
The new 1
Series extends the scope of the EfficientDynamics programme, with
intelligent energy management systems, including brake energy regeneration
and electromechanical power steering. Depending on the model, these may also
include a gear shift indicator, automatic air valve control, a
high-efficiency rear differential, a map-regulated oil pump, a
pressure/rev-regulated electric fuel pump, a self-disconnecting
air-conditioning compressor and tyres with reduced rolling resistance.
Optional 40/20/40 split-folding
Start/Stop function, which switches off the engine when it is stationary at
traffic lights or in slow-moving traffic, is included as standard in the new
BMW 1 Series, with both manual and automatic transmissions.
Activated using the Drive
Performance Control, the standard ECO PRO mode is a new feature that
adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. It
adjusts the engine map,
heating, air conditioning, and mirror/seat heating to minimize fuel
consumption. When in ECO PRO
mode, the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical
driving style. The resulting increase in range is shown on a
display, with the extra economy fed back to
the driver and the in-car displays showing the additional number of
miles / kms achieved.
Sport and ECO
PRO buttons on the left of the centre console.
BMW says that at a later
date, the range will be expanded with the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics
Edition. It will be powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine, and feature a
number of fuel-saving and emission-reducing technologies, including
solutions to further optimize drive-train efficiency, improve aerodynamic
performance and reduce rolling resistance. The BMW 116d EfficientDynamics
Edition will have an output of 85 kW/116 hp, with fuel consumption of 3.8
litres per 100 kilometres (equivalent to 74.3 UK mpg, 61.9 US mpg, or 26.3 kms /
litre) and CO2 emissions
of 99 grams per kilometre over the EU combined cycle (provisional figures).
1 Series, which comes with a standard six-speed manual gearbox for petrol
and diesel versions, is the only compact car also available with the option
of an eight-speed automatic transmission, offering a better spread of
function used in the automatic transmission allows gear changes to be
initiated manually using the electronic selector lever. A further option is
the eight-speed sports automatic transmission, which includes shift paddles
on the steering wheel.
On the handling side, the
rear-wheel drive system and longitudinally mounted in-line engines are
combined with double-joint cross-strut front axle with
McPherson struts and sway bars and a five-link
rear axle. The high aluminium content
of the front axle structure reduces the unsprung mass.
The new BMW 1
Series has a wider track than its predecessor (51 millimetres wider at the
front, 72 millimetres wider at the rear), with a 50:50 weight distribution
between front and rear. It also has electromechanical power steering as standard. An optional
Servotronic function provides speed-dependent power assist.
Steering, also optional, reduces the number of steering wheel rotations
required to make sharp turns. In this mechanical system, steering ratios are
adjusted using a variable steering rack. Parking and turning are safer and
easier, requiring minimal steering effort, but steering
precision and directional stability at high speeds are maintained.
As an alternative
to the standard 16-inch wheels, the new BMW 1 Series is also available with
16, 17 and 18-inch light-alloy wheels.
Active safety equipment includes the DSC
Dynamic Stability Control, ABS anti-lock braking, DTC Dynamic Traction
Control, CBC Cornering Brake Control and DBC Dynamic Braking Control. Other
features now include braking assistance, fading compensation, brake drying
and hill assist.
The DTC mode
increases the intervention thresholds of DSC, making it easier to drive on
loose sand or deep snow. By allowing slight slippage of the drive wheels, it
also facilitates controllable oversteer. DSC Off mode activates the
electronic rear axle differential locking system. If either of the drive
wheels suffers wheelspin while accelerating through tight bends, brake force
is applied to this individually, so that the opposite wheel maintains
passive safety equipment comprises front airbags, side airbags integrated
into the seatbacks, front and rear head airbags, three-point automatic
seatbelts in all seats, front seatbelt tension limiters and pre-tensioners,
and an ISOFIX child seat mounting system in the rear.
ConnectedDrive options enhance comfort, safety, information and entertainment.
They include the Adaptive
Headlight function. Incorporated in the optional xenon headlights,
it adjusts the
illumination depending on the vehicle’s speed, steering angle and yaw
rate. At low speeds, the turning lights integrated into the foglamp
illuminate the road in the direction of travel.
Headlight function incorporated in the optional xenon
headlights adjusts the illumination depending on the
vehicle’s speed, steering angle and yaw rate.
Other features include
rain sensor, automatic headlight control, high beam
assistance, park distance control, which allows safe, precise parking, with the image from the
reversing camera appearing on the iDrive control display. Park assist aids
parallel parking by identifying suitable spaces and steering the car into
place if required.
Cruise control with
brake function controls the engine and brakes while setting the optimum
automatic gear to maintain the speed selected by the driver. The Lane
Departure Warning facility now incorporates Collision Warning, which uses a
camera at the bottom of the rear-view mirror to monitor the road markings
and prevent unintended changes of direction.
The camera also
monitors other vehicles and, if required, sounds a two-stage alarm to
prevent collisions. A visual warning appears on the instrument panel if a
minimum distance set by the driver is not maintained, and a flashing symbol
and acoustic signal are activated if avoiding action is required.
manual with iDrive in Sport Line (top) and automatic
gearbox in Urban Line (above), both with iDrive controller
and buttons (right) and Sport / ECO PRO modes buttons
The Speed Limit
Info system has been expanded, with symbols on the instrument panel showing
known speed limits and no-passing signs above or beside the road as recorded
by its camera.
New technologies facilitate the integration of
Apple iPhones and
other smartphones and music players, including online services.
allow iPhone users to receive web radio stations and display Facebook and
Twitter posts on the onboard monitor.
Another new function,
Traffic Information, provides congestion data and recommended diversions.
The new BMW 1 Series also has unlimited Internet connectivity.
The new premium
compact BMW model offers a standard driving experience switch (on the central console),
allowing the driver to tailor the car’s settings to his / her personal
taste, including engine characteristics, DSC driving stability control,
optional Servotronic settings and automatic gear change programme and
COMFORT, SPORT and
ECO PRO modes are also included as standard. The optional eight-speed sports
automatic, Variable Sport Steering and BMW Sport Line versions also have
Cars fitted with the Professional navigation system
(it includes a hard disk) have a
sport display on the control monitor showing real-time engine performance
The keyless remote
activates the Start/Stop button.
equipment of the new BMW 1 Series also includes remote-controlled central
locking, height-adjustable driver’s and front-seat passenger’s seats,
electric wing mirrors, electric front and rear windows, BMW Business radio
and CD, six speakers and an AUX IN connection, and air conditioning.
two-zone automatic air conditioning, electrically adjustable and heated
seats, multifunction steering wheel, automatically dimming rear-view and
wing mirrors, foglamps, electric sunroof, and towbar with removable ball.
The engine of the
new BMW 1 Series can be activated by touching the Start/Stop button as soon
as the keyless remote is inside the car. An optional Comfort Access system
automatically locks and unlocks the car.
Individual entertainment features
include a DVD changer, DAB receiver, and 360-watt, digitally amplified
12-speaker Harman Kardon hi-fi system.
Like its five-door
predecessor, the new BMW 1 Series is made in Germany, at BMW’s Regensburg assembly
plant (4.5 million automobiles in its 25-year history) in Bavaria, together with the
BMW 3 Series saloon, coupé and convertible, the BMW M3 and the BMW Z4.
Since the launch of the 1st 1 Series generation (2004),
BMW sold more than one million units worldwide.