I love this car
Bought this car I'm.so in love with it it's very lux and very reliable car my kids love it too I service this car every km that is required never had any issues with this car when I had taken to the service
Purchased in January 2019 for $34,000.00.
I am going to love my partners new BMW
Great car runs well like handling on road like luxurious, interior car is being serviced so only had a short drive so far. It is my partners car and is at the mechanics as I mentioned Black very smart and easy to park I have not yet had a highway drive at 100kph but my partner has and it ran beautifully.
An exceptionally accomplished car. Best in class.
I used to work as a driver at Avis, so I have driven nearly every single car model in the world, including the original BMW 1-series. The original 1-series was ugly and very 80's in its interior. BMW has certainly fixed that with the F20 where the interior was the main reason I bought the car. Granted, there are a few areas of hard plastic (The glove box in particular along with a panel under the middle console and the 1-8 radio buttons) but the overall feel inside the cockpit is really, really impressive and well beyond my earlier favourite wh...ich was the Audi A3. Black leather and black, soft plastic along with a string red Sport line, red stitching on the wheel and silver trimmings make the interior reminiscent of high end Bang & Olufsen designer audio - and that is exactly what I look for. It really is a work of art and getting into the car is like putting on a snug tuxedo. My car has the sport package and the fantastic 8 speed auto which I can wholeheartedly recommend, although I usually prefer manuals. The engine is cracking and has 220nm of torque. 0-100 in 8.5 seconds is ok, but the car is no sprinter. Instead, the torque allows your to overtake uphill effortlessly and at 0-60 the car is actually really fast if it is in Sport mode. ECO Plus is a fuel saving mode which I never use - the gas response is simply too slow to be of any use. I leave the car in comfort mode and switch into Sport when I get on a windy country road. I should note that the engine sound is pretty average, but the turbo can be easily heard in Sport mode - which helps. The biggest drawback is the limited space in the rear seats, but I don't care as I usually drive the car by myself only. I did have to pick up my folks form the airport with my wife and with their luggage the car was completely full. I have owned the car for more than a year now and couldn't be happier. As I mentioned in the beginning; I have tried almost every car out there and I can comfortably say that a BMW 1-series is the very best in its class. No doubt about it. Go for the 116i - Yes, the 118, 120 and 125 of course the M135 are all faster, but diminishing returns say that the best buy is a 116i with automatic transmission. Get one with leather interior as it really lifts the whole quality of the car.
Very good for some
I bought a F20 116i in September 2012 and have done about 26,000km in it now. If you can't tell if a car is being driven by the front wheels or the back wheels then you're probably better off buying something like a Golf or Focus. The car's strengths are the way it drives. Beautiful steering, a great motor and excellent handling and ride compromise. It's not perfect, the pedals are too close together, I can't see all of the instrument cluster through the steering wheel and I think the conditioned based servicing under services th...
Get one now!
What a rocket. And steering precision akin only to a formula 1 car (I think as I've never driven one). As soon as you sit into the leather sports fully electric adjustable bolster seats (in the comfort package) you know that this thing is going to scare and exhilarate you. With four driving modes starting at Eco Pro which dials down the throttle response, climate control and allows the car to "coast" to save fuel, then to comfort (the default mode) which has plenty of punch but softens the low end acceleration to ensure you don't have a permane...nt face lift from your drive to work. Then to the 2 sport modes, sport and sport plus. Sport sharpens the acceleration to scalpel and sport plus does the same but sort of kind of turns the traction control off. The sort of kind of is due to it really still being on but it will let you hang the tail out a little before ensuring you don't end up in the wall. The 8speed auto more than handles the power and has a few tricks of its own with a full Auto mode, a Sports auto mode and a "manual" mode where you can choose to change gears either with the lever on the floor or on the flappy paddles. In sports mode the gears hold to red line and there's a really satisfying thud each gear change. The audio system is great in premium spec with digital radio, DVDs and sat Nav with the only draw back being real time traffic info being an optional extra with the connected drive packages. If you don't purchase at the time from the dealer the package are currently not available outside of that although BMW says the online store will be available sometime in 2015. Be prepared to part with cash at the bowser if you intend on going everywhere in sport mode however with the stop/start system on and in comfort or Eco pro mode the car is surprisingly efficient. Overall a great car which could be improved upon with only a few minor changes such as distance control cruise control ( which is now standard on the 2016 model). Highly recommend!!!
M135i - Best car I have driven
I'm very lucky to have purchased a low km F20 BMW M135i in 6 speed manual. Purchased April 2014. It's the best thing I've ever bought. 16 months after buying and I still get a smile every time I drive, I love driving to work, I love driving home, every time I'm in the car is a joy to me.
I previously had a gutless BMW E87 118i (non-turbo in E87 hence gutless) which was flawless mechanically and handled very well so was very happy with another from BMW. I chose this hatch shape again as the car is so practical, rear seats folded flat I can fi...t in 4x road bicycles, I can fit in enough scuba gear for 4 including 8 tanks and have used it to move house (fits a full sized diswasher with ease) and amazingly fits a 9'6" full sized malibu surfboard inside the car. I've driven and owned my share of cars over the last 18 years including a 911 pre-991 and modified bridgeport RX7, bang-for-your-buck this car easily is the best of the lot. For a track car, the 911 may be better choice but I'm not sure I could live with the constant attention and shopping centre carpark fear plus its suspension to me was a harsher. Highlights about the M135i: power delivery, gearbox, handling. The power delivery makes the car feel quick from a standstill, it easily pulls away from any non-GTS Holden (never been able to compare to a GTS), matches most modified Ford F6 turbos (pulls away from non-modified), never had an F6 pull away. I accept that the auto is slightly faster to 100, however I've sorted that out with a RaceChip Ultimate that boosts my power to ~280kW taking me to 100 well under 5 seconds. Once off standstill, my car with a RaceChip is faster than a Porsche 911 s-pack (traction is the barrier for speed from standstill). Once hitting 40km/hour you can plonk it in 6th gear and treat it as a two gear car, there's so much torque at 1200rpm that you really only need 2 gears 1st and 6th. Suspension is firm to bumps but pleasant enough to live with as a daily driver, and there is a mild amount of roll when pushing to the limits. If you were very keen, you could improve the roll with after market mods. If you were very keen, you'd easily out modify an F6 Falcon with increased boost and methanol and you'd have a car that didn't make you look like your knuckles dragged on the ground behind you. To the naive the engine note sounds marvelous, although you need to accept that in cabin noise is partially manufactured by the speaker system. Externally I think it sounds great but to be honest I couldn't really care what people outside the car think of how it looks or sounds, I bought the car for my pleasure not theirs. I don't want a head turner or something that attracts attention. I don't really understand people that spend $1000s on rims, spoilers, body kits, in my opinion, throw the money on your interior and engine where you get to enjoy those dollars. Mine is still under BMW warranty, so upgraded turbos, LSD, suspension, remapping chips, and increased intercooler size will wait another 12-18 months.
F20 116i good prestige car but with flaws
I enjoyed the first 500 kms until the issues surfaced: rattles, AC noise, creaks all round when driving over uneven roads. Requires premium 98 for optimal performance otherwise lags. Poor standard equipment: no PDC, no auto lights nor climate control - all cost extra. Fuel economy is average 8 litres/100 km on 95 RON. Still waiting for first service to have my complaints fixed. Otherwise comfort is great and no fatigue or backaches in the drivers seat. The automatic has four modes to select from: eco, comfort, sport and manual.
Atypical look, comfortable seats, great auto transmission, long service intervals.
Very little standard features, some noise inside cabin, requires 98 octane petrol.
Grips the Corners
I can't really fault the current model (from late 2011). With just 100kw the base model shouldn't perform as well as it does but a flat torque curve and great transmission deliver the goods. Economy is very good for the performance and considering this is a real BMW with RWD.
Brilliant handling, performance, sufficient space and functionality.
Needs better speakers and iPod connectivity on the base model. Run flats instead of a spare.
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