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    The first? test of the forgotten 1-series

    The 118d seems to be ignored by this group and without a reason.
    It is the most economical 1er, beating the 120d. On paper it seems somewhat slower than 120d, but as independent tests have now revealed the on the road performance is much closer to 120d than BMW wants you to think! Thanks to less turbo lag and weight than 120d, the 118d is the real pick of the diesel range. And with almost 100lb less to haul, it even out-handles its big sister!


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    but its a diesel , yuck


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    Re: but its a diesel , yuck

    Sure, the d-models have surprising amount of turbo lag, mated to an even taller gearing than petrol burners. And sure, they are not revvy and all that extra weight hurt agility and cornering, but the turbocharged diesel models are more mature and refined cruisers. They are also less thirsty.

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    Re: The first? test of the forgotten 1-series

    Autocar's latest road test picked the 118d as "their choice" among the medium size hatchbacks, slightly edging both the new Focus and the new Golf, despite the serious issue of its rear accomodation and the staggering price.

    118d's handling is unique in its class, partly to the fact it is the only hatchback in the world available with a rear-wheel drive, and partly to the sports-car-stiff suspension even in the non-sport SE model.

    The 118d wasn't exactly a stormer, with 0-60 taking around 10 secs and topping at 120mph, but the keep engine on boost and you won't mind the relative lack of urge.
    The steering of the diesel isn't quite as good as in the petrol models, but it counters this a bit with its refinement and a far longer range between refuelling.

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    Re: The first? test of the forgotten 1-series

    One of my mates reminded me there are actually more rear-wheel driven hatches: naturally the the 3-series ti/Compact models and the brutal Renaultsport Clio V-6. This Clio is an even more alien in its concept, having an impressive 3-litre lump hanging over the rear-axle, making for a truly "exciting" handling. Its weight distribution must be something around 40/60, while the more mundane Clios have a conventional, but ineffective, 60/40 distribution.

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