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The 2015 BMW 1 series features subtle but key differences to refine yet further the overall package. At the front, a new lower apron with larger air intakes and a horizontal bar combines with reshaped BMW kidney grilles and new headlamps that feature LED daytime driving lights as standard on all models.
New engines bring a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 12 per cent while simultaneously providing more power and sharper responses. The BMW 118i and BMW 120i are both powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine. It develops 136hp and 170hp respectively, offering acceleration as low as 7.2 seconds to 62mph in the 120i and with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of just 52.3mpg and 125g/km in the 118i. The four-cylinder engine in the 125i features a 2.0-litre displacement, providing 218hp and peak torque of 310Nm, enabling a 0-62mph time of just 6.2 seconds.
The 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine in the new BMW 116d generates 116hp and 270Nm of torque, an increase of 10Nm compared to its predecessor. The standout figures for the new model are a 0-62mph time of 10.3 seconds coupled to fuel consumption as little as 78.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 94g/km.
The eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission is available as an option for the BMW 125i, BMW M135i, BMW 120d and BMW 120d xDrive models. This transmission is standard on the BMW 125d. It features even faster gearchanges, shift paddles on the steering wheel and a Launch Control function.
At the top of the petrol engine range remains the formidable M135i with its turbocharged straight-six engine. Power has been increased in the new model to 326hp, with peak torque of 450Nm, enabling a 0-62mph time of just 4.9 seconds, yet the ability to return 37.7mpg.
The new M135i model has its own specific interpretation of the M aerodynamic package including even larger front air intakes and the typical BMW M Performance Ferric Grey wing mirrors. Naturally, the steering, suspension, gearbox and wheels/tyres combination have all been developed specifically for this high performance machine. Inside, the driving environment features many M-specific features such as the leather steering wheel, along with the use of the M135i logo.
|0 – 62mph Seconds||Top Speed Mph||Combined Mpg||CO2 Emissions g/km|
|118i||£20,775||136||220||8.5 (8.7)||130||52.3 (50.4)||125 (129)|
|120i||£23,825||170||250||7.4 (7.2)||140 (138)||48.7 (49.6)||136 (133)|
|125i||£26,905||218||310||6.4 (6.2)||157 (151)||42.2 (43.5)||154 (148)|
|M135i||£31,725||326||450||5.1 (4.9)||155*||35.3 (37.7)||188 (175)|
|116d||£21,710||116||270||10.3||124||78.5 (78.5)||94 (96)|
|116d ED Plus||£22,560||116||270||10.4||121||83.1||89|
|118d||£22,855||150||330||8.3 (8.1)||132||70.6 (74.3)||104 (99)|
|120d||£25,305||190||400||7.1 (7.0)||142||65.7 (68.9)||114 (109)|
*Electronically limited top speed.