• AndyGF

    5800 RPM! I thought my 123d 5000 rpm was exceptional for an oil burner…

    You know what that means dont you? As the diesel power brands get wider, the gear ratios get shorter, the real world/daily driven performance goes through the roof, and the normally aspirated petrol powered cars start to feel even more like old asthmatic donkeys!

    I remember being told over ten years ago that diesels would never get over 4000 rpm, it was a technical limit of the combustion processes, having a slower flame front, how wrong they were…

    • Al

      good points, although they’ll never sound as good as a naturally aspirated petrol…

    • Gg

      I have and Aurion which i got for 15k and I will thrash this car..

      • Ima Hogg

        Yes and what Gg does that have to with this review? And yes the centre stack doesn’t look very premium!

      • Anth

        Yeh but people still think your a loser…

  • Devil’s Advocate

    Interesting Anthony. You say in the text it has a 5800rpm red line yet in the photo gallery there is a photo of the dash as clear as day that shows a 5400rpm red line with what looks like something similar to a “yellow line” at 5,000rpm. I presume you mean a 5800rpm rev limiter? Still fairly high revs for a diesel though. Does it “fall off the trough” like most diesels at around 4000rpm or does it keep pulling?

  • Anthony

    You’re right Devil, allow me to correct that error. The 118d goes better than the numbers suggest, and it pulls well above 4000rpm, better than other diesels of similar size, at least.

    • Devil’s Advocate

       Diesels sure have come a long way over the last few years. I would also imagine with that 8 speed auto it would hardly ever be caught out at the wrong rpm to give it’s best when you out your foot down making it quicker in the “real world” than the petrol in all else but a standing start sprint.

  • Philthy

    Can’t wait for a test drive of the 125i when it comes out… 160 kw, rear wheel drive, light weight 2.0l turbo hatchback :)

    • Philthy

      And it will be $45,700. 

  • Luke Brinsmead

    This car should be compared to the VW Golf GTD, not the GTI. Still similar money though. It would be good to read a comparison between this and the GTD and Lexus CT 200h.

  • Marcuspetraska

    one of the issues cropping up with the fantastic new high-pressure common-rail diesels is their inability to tolerate ANY water in the fuel. with injection systems running up around the 20000bar mark, any fuel-borne water becomes a very effective cutting tool.

    with the price premium on diesels, i wonder if people who are buying them and expecting a pay back over a hundred thousand km will end up spending a fortune on replacing injectors before they get there…

  • O123

    I hate the standard lights, My option would be the xenons.

  • Lavs

    Really can’t see why someone would buy this over the GTI

    • Karl

      rear wheel drive

  • Tom

    U.G.L.Y.

  • Nick2012

    Anthony, can you please advise if the “6.5-inch colour monitor” has any significant glare issues considering that it does not have any shrouding?

  • Swede

    Getting mine tomorrow (SportLine though). Can’t wait :-)

  • Snowman

    What are you on about?

    You might get a job at McDonalds if you come over to Australia.

BMW 1 Series Specs

18d URBAN : 2.0L DIESEL TURBO F/INJ - 8 SP AUTOMATIC - 5D HATCHBACK
Car Details
Make
BMW
Model
1
Variant
18d URBAN
Series
F20
Year
2012
Body Type
5D HATCHBACK
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
DIESEL TURBO F/INJ
Engine Size
2.0L
Cylinders
DIESEL TURBO 4
Max. Torque
320Nm @  1750rpm
Max. Power
105kW @  4000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
78.1W/kg
Bore & Stroke
84x90mm
Compression Ratio
17.0
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
8 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
DIESEL
Fuel Tank Capacity
50
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
4.5L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1345
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1421mm
Length
4324mm
Width
1765mm
Ground Clearance
140mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1200  Unbrake:690
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.9
Front Rim Size
7.5x17
Rear Rim Size
7.5x17
Front Tyres
225/45 R17
Rear Tyres
225/45 R17
Wheel Base
2690
Front Track
1521
Rear Track
1556
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution
Driver
Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic, Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering
Engine & Transmission
Electronic Differential Lock
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Remote Boot/Hatch Release
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Protective Glazing
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Heated Front Seats, Power front seats, Power Sunroof
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Interior
Aluminium Trim, Leather Upholstery
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Other
Service Interval
24 months /  25,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-M-7
Country of Origin
GERMANY