The BMW 1-Series has always been a good entry point into the German brand’s stable. The first generation was a nimble performer thanks to its small size and hydraulic steering. The successor grew a bit, but it was saddled with an oddly angular face. This was rectified through a facelift early last year, and now the refreshed 1-Series is here.
BMW Philippines has begun sales of this new 1-Series. Here’s a recap of the aesthetic changes: a wider kidney grille, twin circular headlights, larger air intakes, and L-shaped LED taillights. The wheels are dashing 17-inch star spoke alloys.
Inside, drivers get new seat upholstery and a 6.5-inch control display integrated into the instrument panel. From the cabin, the 1-Series driving characteristics can still be selected from three options: Comfort, Sport and Sport+. The Eco Pro mode is still there for maximizing fuel consumption.
There will be a lone engine choice now, a 1.5-liter TwinPower turbocharged in-line-three that runs on gasoline. This is similar to the powerplant found on the 2-Series Active Tourer, and can also be found on some Mini models. We hope the eight-speed Steptronic transmission can maximize the strengths of this engine. A stated 0-100kph time of 8.6 seconds gives us hope that the powertrain has retained the excitement the 1-Series is known for.
The price of this sole variant--officially called the 118i Sport--is P2,320,000. Sounds like a decent entry point to us.