1. A BMW now for $125,800 with COE.
The facelifted 116d is not only sexier but also almost $20,000 cheaper than the 216d Active Tourer – the next most affordable BMW – thanks to the $15,000 CEVS rebate earned by its low CO2 emission of 96g per km. And a turbocharged 1.5-litre (the same engine in the Mini Cooper D) that produces 116bhp – qualifying for a Category A COE.
2. It’s one of the eco-friendliest diesel cars you can buy.
Diesel engines are particularly frugal, and the 116d returns an official average of 26.3km/L to 29.4km/L. Assuming an annual mileage of 20,000km, the car needs to be refuelled only every three weeks or so. However, it’s best to think of the 1 Series as a four-seater, because the central rear seat is narrow and anyone sitting on it has to straddle the bulky, raised floor section.
3. It’s rear-wheel drive.
Hatchbacks are generally front-wheel drive, but the 1 Series sends its power to the rear wheels instead. The main advantage of this layout is that you don’t feel the steering wheel being tugged around in your hands when you accelerate hard. And as a result, you can place the car on the road with greater accuracy, making it more fun to drive.
4. The diesel engine is quiet.
With a hesistant 8-speed transmission and a 10.3-second century dash, the 116d naturally can’t offer the same driving pleasure as other range-topping BMW models. But given a healthy 270Nm of torque, it performs quickly enough without the intrusive under-hood gurgle and rattle some diesel cars have.
5. The boot is roomy.
Compared to its rivals, the 1 Series boasts 360 litres of boot capacity, 20 litres more than its rival Mercedes A-Class – although it loses out to the Volkswagen Golf’s 380-litre boot. Still, knock down the rear seats and a generous 1,200 litres of space is created for your romantic Sunday shopping.
Sure, the new 1 Series Hatchback isn’t the exciting entry point to BMW ownership that you hoped for, but it’s nonetheless a premium hatchback that’s fun to drive and affordable to run.
By: Kenneth Wee