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      07-14-2011, 01:31 PM   #1
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Autocar (full review) has now posted their first drive review of the F20 1-series 120d hatchback. Overall it's a bit of a mixed review. See below for the F20's pros and cons:

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What’s it like?

The new 1-series is a car that looks as if it’s been steered, albeit carefully, in the right direction. The press material talks less about dynamic rear-driven handling, and at reassuring length about enhanced comfort and accommodation, improved efficiency and new-to-the-class technology. Which is a good start.

Longer than the old car by 85mm, the new One has a wheelbase that’s been enlarged by 30mm, with 21mm of that extra inter-axle length gone to additional rear legroom. Both tracks have been widened too, by a natch over 40mm at the front axle, and over 60mm at the rear.

Although it’s grown, the new car is 30kg lighter than the old one: would have been 60kg, but climate control now comes as standard. And a thorough structural redesign means the car’s body-in-white is now more than 30 per cent more torsionally rigid across the front bulkhead. That’s good news for ride and handling, too.
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Adrian van Hooydonk’s styling update hasn’t cured the ungainly proportions of BMW’s smallest model, but the net effect is a clear improvement. The new car looks lean, more aggressive than the last. The biggest aesthetic bugbear remains the car’s profile, though. Short, tall and backward leaning, it still looks awkward: like a gangly pup that’s had the carpet pulled out from under its paws.
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With 280lb ft of torque from 1750rpm, performance from the 120d is as strong as you’d hope: 60mph comes up in around seven seconds. The powertrain’s all the more exceptional because, fitted with ZF’s excellent eight speed automatic gearbox as an option and BMW’s Efficient Dynamics fuel-saving ancilliaries as standard, the car emits less than 120g/km of CO2. This is a car capable of bettering both 140mph and 60mpg; not at the same time, of course, but remarkable from the same car.

Open the driver’s door, lift your feet over the raised sill, and one or two signs of sophistication begin to show themselves. Material quality’s that bit more consistent in here than it used to be; the plastics around the door pulls, storage cubbies and steering column look much less cheap. Elsewhere the mix of trim on the fascia is varied and attractive – with one exception. Our ‘Urban’ spec car came with glossy white plastic highlights on the centre console, door handles and dashboard that look like offcuts from Apple’s iMac storage cupboard. Thankfully the same trims are available in gloss black, which would certainly compliment the rest of the interior better.
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Would it matter, though, that this new car was bigger, faster, classier and more efficient, if dynamic-centric BMW hadn’t also made it significantly better to drive? Well, the new 1-series is a notably more accomplished dynamic performer than its predecessor, for sure. But it’s still no class-leader.

Conjure up the memory of the last 1-series - of heavy steering shot through with understeer, and a tame chassis that lacked both balance and poise - and this new BMW seems a big achievement. Even on standard springs and passive dampers, it remains a fairly firmly sprung car. It still feels a little short of wheelbase and relatively tall of body at times; has a tendency to gently pitch fore and aft over larger lumps and bumps in a way that a car with a lower, longer profile wouldn’t. But it’s not without decent bump absorption or compliance, and equipped with BMW’s adaptive dampers set to ‘Comfort’ mode it’s softer still, yet only loses Munich’s trademark feeling of tautness on the worst surfaces.

Even with an electromechanical power-assisted rack the new 1-series steers with less effort and greater fluidity than the old car, and turns into corners more keenly. Those wider tracks have dialled out a lot of body roll along with some understeer. And there are more improvements besides.
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So why no overall ringing endorsement? Because – and this is the bit that BMW really needs to heed – even counting the ‘perfect weight distribution’ and ‘standard drive’, we could name a dozen front-driven hatchbacks that each offer a much more involving at-the-wheel experience.

The original 1-series’ mechanical layout added almost nothing to the car’s handling; this new 1-series may feel more precise, more composed and less remote than the last, but it suffers with the same fundamental problem. It’s too tame, too unengaging to properly represent its maker’s perennial universal selling point. Its course through a fast bend isn’t responsive to adjustment via either brake or throttle pedal. Up your pace on a twisting backroad and, while other rear-drivers come alive, this one remains docile and inert.

Should I buy one?

BMW says that 70 per cent of 1-series buyers are new to the brand, and if that’s true, maybe the car’s main failing isn’t so critical. More rounded dynamics, greater refinement and usability, some great powertrains and a more appealing driving environment make this a 1-series that’s much easier to recommend against its peers, after all.

But it’s still not a great-driving BMW; doesn’t distinguish itself from other cars in the class with the entertainment you expect from a car with a blue-and-white propeller on the bonnet. And now you wonder if an ordinary 1-series hatch ever will.
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      07-14-2011, 03:47 PM   #2
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That face is still FUGLY.

I'm gonna keep enjoying the 5 & pray for the next 3's face was not finished by the same design team.
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Dont make me puke...

What in the hell were they thinking/smoking/drinking?

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the girl on the last photo seems to be nice))
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The girl looks much better then the car. Looking forward to seeing the coupe. I like the blue.
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Does anyone think that looks good at all?!?!? EWWWWWWW
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Looks better in dark blue
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I personally like the styling. I'd like to see the coupe too, but I like the 5 door. I wonder if they will bring the small diesel to the states? Chevy will sell the Cruise with a Diesel in 2013.
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You can't have the girl. If you could have the girl, she'd cost more than the car.
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The front of this car looks either retarded or cross eyed. How the hell did this atrocious design get approved?!?
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I still find it pretty after reading all this comments! and I want to see it in action!
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Someone better get fired for this !!! Ugliest BMW I have ever seen !!!
FAIL !!!

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I like it , it looks unique.
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Dont make me puke...

What in the hell were they thinking/smoking/drinking?
i think it was snorting
and it must have been some bad shit too
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Again, not in the USA.
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Again, not in the USA.
So glad it's not the US model
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Everytime I see this car, I keep thinking to myself that this has to be some sort of sick joke from BMW! Come on' BMW, April Fool's was along time ago
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This is just straight up ugly
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