BMW’s entry-level steed, the 1 Series, was effectively out of any contention for the hot hatch crown, until the 130i (equipped with the company’s famed normally aspirated in-line six) made its debut in 2006. The sportscar price, iffy cabin plastics and compromised rear room counted against the 130i, but perhaps the new 125i can right some of those wrongs…
As of September this year, BMW will offer its three-door M135i along with two additional three-door models.
BMW has just launched its new 1 Series hatchback in South Africa.
The latest-generation BMW 1 Series made its world début at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and, while showing vast improvements in the interior’s design as well as fit and finish quality, the exterior stylish does divide opinion.
The overall length of the F20 has increased by 85 mm, its wheelbase is up by 30 mm – with a resultant 21 mm extra rear legroom – and there is an added 17 mm of width. Much like the old car, one still has to clamber over the rear wheel arch to enter the rear of the cabin, but at least the build quality of the interior is typically BMW-solid, which will appease those who had reservations about especially the pre-facelift E87’s levels of fit and finish.
It seems that BMW has been making itself quite at home in Cape Town. A few weeks ago we saw that the Bavarian manufacturer had shot its 1 Series advertisement in the city. Now we see that the Mother City was also the chosen location for the advertisement promoting its new M5 super saloon. Watch this new M car in action on our local shore front.