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      11-26-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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Video: Fifth Gear F20 Team Test Review

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      12-06-2011, 10:52 AM   #2
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Shame about the looks. You knew the performance was going to be on par or even better than the model it replaces but looks is a huge downgrade.
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      12-06-2011, 11:12 AM   #3
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I've finally seen it in real life and it isn't as bad as it looks in pictures,IMHO it actually looks ok.
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      12-06-2011, 11:20 AM   #4
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I like the way it looks, i would buy one if they brought it over here with the N55 engine. Oh yeah and Vicki is looking good too
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      12-06-2011, 11:21 AM   #5
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BMW should've let the engineers design the car too...
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      12-06-2011, 11:22 AM   #6
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Agree on the pig-nose look but aren't all the new gen bmw's going this route? Just didnt seem to fit on the 1er i spose but still looks like a fun little car!
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      12-06-2011, 11:34 AM   #7
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waiting for the redesigned 2 coupe looks
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      12-06-2011, 12:35 PM   #8
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"It's like going out with a girlfriend who's got a wonderful personality, but she smashes mirrors when she looks in them."

I think that's the best line I've ever heard, and quite perfectly sums up the F20 1er.
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      12-06-2011, 02:04 PM   #9
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If there is one motor journalist I trust, it's Tiff Needell in Fifth Gear.
I've tested both the 170hp 118i as well as the 184hp 120d, and would give the car a 9/10 myself, due to the best handling and best engine qualities of it's class.
I deducted 1/10 though for the cheap handle of the glove box

I've come to like the front design, especially the M-sport. Since it is controversial it means it's got caracter. Unlike Audi, who continously spits out boring pieces of the same design language they introduced with the A6 in the mid 90's.
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      12-06-2011, 04:14 PM   #10
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Really have to see the new 1er in life; I find it looks very cool myself. An I did not like it when I first saw it in magazine.
I find the front and side are probably best looking among the competitors today. (I do admit the rear lights look a it like the VW Polo). Yet, the interior design reflets the BMW DNA. And the drive quality is good. Don't forget the brilliant fuel consumption in the new 1er.
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Also in the last copy of Autocar in UK they did a group test and 118d SE came a very close second to Golf. only thing that let it down was the cramp backseat space but in terms of ride and handling it was the best of the bunch.
True. The Golf has marginally more space in the back seat. Choosing a car means choosing qualities that are important to you. If maximum rear space is important a BMW will never win a test allthough the F20 back seat it is fully adequate. As an extra bonus!
No doubt this is the very best drivers car on the compact car market
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BMW should've let the engineers design the car too...
Maybe they did and thats the problem

Just kidding i know they didn't and thats an even bigger problem.

Yes Im hoping they go more aggressive and better proportions with the 2 series we will actually be getting.
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      12-07-2011, 02:12 AM   #13
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Hrmm not much of a review other than to say it does not look very good but the interior is great.

And everyone knows that vehicles are measured in fishpower.
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      12-07-2011, 02:30 AM   #14
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"It's like going out with a girlfriend who's got a wonderful personality, but she smashes mirrors when she looks in them."

I think that's the best line I've ever heard, and quite perfectly sums up the F20 1er.


Wonder where are all the reporters that acclaim the exterior now.....
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      12-07-2011, 10:19 AM   #15
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I like the exterior.
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      12-07-2011, 10:46 AM   #16
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BMW will rue the day this design comes to the western market.

Perhaps Asia will get on the bandwagon as the better target.

Behold the similarity...
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Agree with the two. The front looks ugly
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Like any BMW, the base model is not so hot, but a loaded m-sport looks great!
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      12-10-2011, 04:36 AM   #19
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I didn't see it in person until now...but I didn't hate this front styling...
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