BMW: 2015 125i M Sport review

BMW: 2015 125i M Sport review

We gave it a good thrash from Auckland to Whangarei and back where it amply demonstrated its overtaking potential – 6.2 seconds to 100kph is plenty for most occasions. Through the Brynderwyns the 1-Series handled with aplomb. Lowered suspension and some nice wide 245s on 18-inch wheels at the back and 225s at the front keep it flat and planted on the road, although when the surface was rough, you could really feel that sports suspension, and that’s not even in Sports or Sports Plus modes which firm it up more. One of my passengers (female former vintage Porsche owner, sitting in the front in the bucket seats) loved it, and the other in the back didn’t.

BMW 125i 2015 wheelIf the acceleration is plenty, the brakes are overkill. The front discs are the same size as the UFO that (allegedly) crashed at Roswell, and you can see the blue-painted, M-branded callipers through the 18-inch alloys, both front and back. They’ve got some good bite and, with the aforementioned wide tyres, can shed speed very quickly with excellent brake pedal feel.

BMW’s entry level car has had a useful facelift which has seen it emerge looking better from all angles, but still having some BMW 125i 2015 rear quarterslightly awkward proportions. It’s a leaner look, much improved at the rear where the car now looks a lot more interesting, and with some new distinctive LED headlights at the front.

The M Sport package adds an aerodynamics kit with front bumper, 18-inch wheels, side skirts and rear apron, chrome tailpipe, M Sport suspension, M logo on the side of the car, and a redesigned kidney grille. The interior gets front door sills, BMW 125i 2015 front interiorsports seats, M leather steering wheel, Sport+ mode, shortened gear level, and various trim and finishes.

The 1-series is now lighter and more rigid, with a longer wheelbase and wider track. The boot isn’t that big at 360 litres, but the rear seats do give a lot of flexibility with split 40:20:40 folding. There’s 21mm of additional rear legroom. Longer doors at the rear make it slightly easier to get in. It’s perfect for smaller adults and children; tall adults will need the front seat occupants to be short. In the front, though, there’s plenty of room. The steering wheel adjusts for height and rake and the BMW 125i 2015 sat navseats themselves are comfortable and supportive with adjustments to narrow the sides of the seats to hold you in tighter.

The interior is well-appointed but lacks storage in the central binnacle area. There’s a small bin which contains phone and USB connections. The USB connection didn’t seem to want to charge my iPhone.

The instrument cluster is partially obscured by the top of the BMW 125i 2015 reversing cameracentre of the steering wheel when I have the steering wheel and seat set how I like it. This means I can’t see anything in the small display which shows what song you’re playing and the trip computer.

The 1-Series has automated headlights and rain-sensing wipers. There are six airbag, plus a raft of electronics to stop you sliding off the road like Dynamic Stability Control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and more.

Fuel economy from the 2-litre turbo engine is quoted at 6.3 litres per 100km combined, or 8.5/100km in the city. Realistically you’ll probably sit in the 8l/100km range for general driving, which means with the 52-litre tank you’ll comfortably get over 600km from a tank. An automatic stop/start feature stops you wasting fuel while waiting at the traffic lights.

While the base price of the BMW seems quite reasonable, there’s an options list that takes a good 10 minutes to skim read. It’s actually quite overwhelming and I wonder how many people get just a little frustrated with it because the brochure is confusing.

Back to the good points. The sat nav is really good. The reversing camera searches for edges and things that you should be aware of that might not be that evident on the screen and highlights them with a yellow box. There are front and rear parking sensors, too. It comes as standard with run flat tyres, ConnectedDrive Services Package, cruise control with automatic braking and a 5-year warranty, maintenance and roadside assistant programme.

Price: $59,900 (base ) or $66,900 as tested.

Pros

  • Smooth power delivery
  • Feels solid
  • Steering wheel-mounted limiter button is very useful

Cons

  • Options are poorly explained in the brochures
  • Rivals have more space
  • A few minor issues, as mentioned, that shouldn’t be there


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Rating: 3.5/5

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