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BMW 120d is Fast, Fun and Clean

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Jan 11,2013

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but you would have to be a bit of BMW fan to believe the original 1-Series was a good looking hatchback. In fact, its long bonnet and rounded rear-end made it look as though it had been prodded a little with the ugly stick. The second generation, however, looks much better. The longer and wider profile gives the car a more pleasing figure. The rear of the car looks less squashed and the rear window has been deepened to give the driver more than a letter-box aperture to see through when reversing. Much has changed inside, too.

A redesigned dashboard, upgraded trim and a host of new design details make the interior feel a lot more upmarket and premium-feeling than the previous generation. There’s the ever-impressive line of efficient and clean BMW diesel engines, while new petrol options offer extra pace for enthusiastic buyers.

The most impressive BMW 120d engine in the range is the 2.0-litre diesel found in the 120d. With 184bhp it can accelerate the 1-Series from 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds, yet it’s still capable of returning a claimed average of 62.8mpg. Despite being an entry level model the 1-Series comes well specified with plenty of kit, including air-con and stop/start.

On offer are extras including upgraded stereo systems, auto-dimming mirrors, a sunroof and electric front seats. The 1-Series is still one of the most engaging cars in its class to drive, and competes strongly against rivals like the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Audi A3.

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