Ordered one of these new in February and we are pleased, however not much interior space The car is a real drivers experience, the power is sent to the rear and the engine is mounted longitudinal for superior road holding and to reduce understeer, and this works.It handles perfectly, well balanced amazing front end grip and precise steering.
However this is just how it drives and not what its like to live with on a daily basis , having previously owned a MK5 golf diesel there was plenty of room for our young baby and the Mrs, i appreciate this is not a car to buy for practicality but it is in direct competition with premium badge hatch backs. And having four doors and a boot it made sense in my head, but we are now realising now the boot is a lot smaller than the golf, as is the cabin and it feels more crampt when inside. The main reason for this is due to the way the engine is mounted this seems to take up valuable space. Also after research i have found the engine is not made in germany with obsessive precision as i thought, but they have sourced a French Citreon power plant which is bolted together in Birmingham.We have also had a few electrical gremlins, in the first month the cigarette lighter failed leaving us lost without sat nav and there is interference coming through the stereo/idrive when using a Ipod. Main dealer has been excellent and have rectified the cigarette lighter but the ipod interference is ongoing. Overall a well built solid vehicle
I have had my 118i for 10 months now, and it's a big improvement on the old model (I had 2 of the old model). The ride and build quality are much better than the old model and the engine is much more economical whilst still having plenty of power. It's smooth, quiet and handles well, although mine has the servotronic steering, which is too light and requires too much wheel twirling when you're parking. The 8 speed auto is very smooth but the start stop is a bit jerky (especially when you drive off from traffic lights) and avoid putting the car in eco pro mode if you need to accelerate quickly (eg going onto a roundabout): it blunts acceleration and unless you're driving very gently makes it frustrating to drive.
I know it looks gawky from the front (they made a bit mistake with the styling there) but from other angles it looks fine and the interior is great. Not so much space in the back but plenty up front and a big boot. Quality is faultless: nothing has gone wrong.
The only thing I'd say is that it's expensive to buy and not only are some things extra that were standard on the old model (eg climate control, rear parking sensors), you can only get certain options in expensive packs (eg I had to spend over £1000 for the visibility pack when I only wanted xenon lights), but I got a decent discount which lessened the pain. Overall a great car, would buy another any time.
Being a mum of two who has had 3 X5's the last being a very nice 40d M Sport, the decision to go to a smaller car was one which did fill me with dread despite getting a little tired of the running costs of the X5. It was only that we ended up with two 4x4's on the drive I decided to be sensible and sell mine in order to buy more handbags of course! All I can say is amazing! Don't get me wrong this is not a big car but then again I think if we are all sensible do we really need such big cars? I run back and forth to the school, work and do weekends to visit family and "Nigel" as my car is referred too copes very well indeed. Being a busy working Mum I am generally stop start and at the moment I am getting around 44mpg, £70 to fill the tank and around 500 miles from this, the tax is also ONLY £30 per annum. Inside the Idrive is as brilliant as ever and the quality seems better as there is not as much of the metal trim inside. It handles really well, the 8 speed gear box is lovely (had this on the X5 too). The ride is very smooth. My partner would also complain that the X5 was dreadful but this feels so smooth and sturdy. Unlike some cars (Mercedes and Audi) there are not hundreds of buttons which do the same thing. It is simple to use and does what it says on the tin. I have to say the only down side would be that it is still a little more expensive but it depends on what you are after. I would hate a 5 or 3 series, this is cool, individual and a little quirky!
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