Car reviews - BMW - 1 Series - 116i 5-dr hatch
BMW's entry-level 116i has improved fuel-efficiency and proves it's no poverty-pack
15 Jun 2012
BMW has rebooted its successful rear-drive rival to the Golf while sticking to the formula from the successful first-generation model.
Bigger in every direction, with a stronger body but a 60kg weight drop, the F20 1 Series is an attempt to address the issues afflicting the E87 original, like the lack of rear-seat space, difficult entry and egress and choppy ride quality.
But far from feeling like a poverty pack special (except if you’re in the back seat), today’s 116i rises above its lowly ranking and base specification to provide a terrifically well-rounded driving and ownership experience. And especially so as a manual.
This is a proper little BMW.
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E87 116iReleased: May 2005
Ended: March 2008
Family Tree: 1 Series
In the mid-2000s BMW decided to have a crack at the successful Audi A3 with the E87 1 Series – essentially a five-door version of the E90 3 Series sedan. It replaced the now-forgotten E36 ‘Compact’.
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