I purchased this car to enjoy low running cost and engineering quality. The engine and chassis are excellent, if a little dull for a rear wheel drive car, and the interior has a sense of quality. However, living with the car is not a joy. Fuel economy is poor (38mpg around town, 43mpg on long runs) and the interior is very cramped. So many elements are just badly designed, visability is poor at junctions, the aircon leaves the car freezing and stuffy, the "professional" CD system is only single disk with nowhere to keep other disks, the bluetooth handsfree does not load the address book, it's hard for people to get in and out of the back...and the NCAP for pedestrians is very low. Clearly this is BMW's first attempt at a small hatch...must try harder. The final insult is the £24k price tag, you can get a much better car, with a lesser badge for half that. I'm hoping to change it under the lease scheme, for a Focus.
I bought my 118d M Sport 07 reg for a steal (£11,500 with 38K on the clock). I must say this is a fantastic car, i previously owned a 51 reg 3 series saloon. The ride is defintely sporty with the sports suspension and mean M style alloy rims. If you want to drive a sofa don't get this car! However, if you want something which is compact, well equipped and has great handling and does over 50mpg, i would recommend this, i would also recommend the m sport trim if you have the choice.
I do a lot of miles in the 5dr 120d, and I can assure any potential buyer that it is an excellent car to drive- in performance, handling and comfort. I guess we would like to own an Aston, but for the average person, I could'nt reccomend it any more- even the delivery guy said how great it was to drive. The 6 gears is great for the Mway, and its small enough for parking. The boot is also like the tardis - and it shifts very well, and the back seats come right down to. I went for the metalic silver, as my opinion its not the right type of BM to get in black.
Had the car for a week. Px a Golf R32 which I only had 3 weeks - game me chronic back ache. Looked for something more comfortable but still quick - a friend recommended the diesel - how right he was! Well made cabin which is very comfortable, great speed/acceleration. MPG at 48 so far and climbing (41 when I collected). Makes the golf seem plasticky in comparison. Steering, grip, ride all great. To top it off i got a 6mth old demo car in le mans blue with lots of options (£25k list) for just £17450. A steal. I love it!
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