BMW 1 Series 116i Sports Hatch Reviews

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★★★★★

“Great quality/price ratio !”

Written on: 13/03/2013

I bought a BMW 116i Sports Hatch 2008 one year ago and I have only good things to tell about it. First of all, I drive it 450 Km per week every week in the german autobahn and for all those that have said that the engine is small or lacks power, I must tell that I drive it over 200 Km/h (sometimes) and it responds GREAT to changes of speed (up and down). A bigger engine translates in $$$. Very comfortable car, the seats are tight and this allows sharp manouvers at high speeds. I summarize… Read Full Review

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“A quality motor for Fiesta money! ”

Written on: 16/05/2011 by Big Dave Midlands (25 reviews written)

A quality motor for Fiesta money!

When Top gear (James May) reviewed the 1-series when new in 2004, they concluded the handling, quality and styling good but it was overpriced, cramped inside and underspecced in base trim, and the smaller engines underpowered.

Now some of these comments may be true when new, but a few years down the line the pricing and spec issues no longer apply as you can choose which model you want for much less, and certainly not if your better half (like mine did)… Read Full Review

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“Absolutely brilliant. I bought the 1.16 M Sport it...”

Written on: 10/01/2010 by gian011 (3 reviews written)

Absolutely brilliant. I bought the 1.16 M Sport it looks good and drives great. Would strongly recommend it… Read Full Review

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“Overall, its a BMW and that says it all. Contrary to...”

Written on: 26/08/2009

Overall, its a BMW and that says it all. Contrary to reports that I've read, everything is typical MBW quality. However that are several points that need to be bore in mind. The 1.6 engine is just about acceptable but be prepared to use the gears. If for instance, you're traveling at seventy on a motorway or dual carriageway and you have to slacken speed to say about sixty, don't expect to pull away in top (sixth) gear. I found that in fact, virtually every other car pulled away from me and I… Read Full Review

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“The BMW 116i is a good little hatch, great handling...”

Written on: 08/09/2008 by PaulLeith (1 review written)

The BMW 116i is a good little hatch, great handling and nice to drive. If you have a family then probably a bit small but if you do lots of driving on your own and only occasionally use the other seats then its fine. Engine runs nice and smooth and although not a powerfull hatch it goes well enough. If you want power buy a Golf GTI. A BMW badge and good after sales make this a great buy… Read Full Review

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“The BMW 1 Series 116i Sports Hatch is a great car. You...”

Written on: 07/06/2006 by Batko (1 review written)

The BMW 1 Series 116i Sports Hatch is a great car. You will enjoy driving it.I deffinatly prefer it to the VW Golf… Read Full Review

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“Review actually for 120d SE Auto ”

Written on: 19/03/2006 by niva441 (1 review written)

Review actually for 120d SE Auto

Probably the most disappointing car I've ever owned. The expected excellent BMW driving characteristics compromised by untrustworthy brakes and gearbox, the traction was poor, especially when wet. The ABS actuated unnecessarily on occasions (5 in 500 miles), these were all during low effort braking manoeuvres in good conditions. The performance was excellent, most of the time; unfortunately some journeys the gearbox refused to change down gear when required… Read Full Review

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Big Dave Midlands's Response to niva441's Review

Written on: 16/05/2011

1. Car reviewed does not match 116i sport review category!
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<br/>2. The Rover 75 diesel is actually an older tech BMW diesel engine, so any 'refinement' will be due to the Rover being a bigger car aimed at different owners with a different design brief, compared to a small sporty Hatch.
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<br/>3. You bought an automatic so there is always a fuel consumption and performance penalty compared to the equivalent manual.
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<br/>4. If you pay full price for any brand new vehicle regardless of brand and want to get rid within such a short space of time, of course you will lose money. The minute you start the engine it is second hand and you lose the 20% VAT regardless. I can assure yiou that the loss would have been far greater on a Mondeo.
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<br/>5. My better half had owned mainly Ford and Peugeot hatchbacks before trading up to a 5 year old 116i sport and found the car a revelation, and found the one touch indicators familiar within a few miles, so why it took you five months to still be confused suggests that you bought the wrong car for you, instead this this car being a bad car.

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