2008 BMW 1 Series | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

The smallest member in the line-up, the 2008 remains loyal to ’s rear wheel drive technology. created the series as a replacement of the slow-selling 3-Series Compact range in 2004, and to compete with Europe’s finest in the segment such as the Volkswagen Golf and the Peugeot 307 and also to be the most affordable .

As a true BMW there’s the hallmark long wheelbase with a short front overhang, the lower roof line with the typical C-pillar kink, the
characteristic front end with the ‘kidney’ grille and twin headlamps.

The BMW 1 Series in the Middle East is available with three longitudinally mounted engine variants ranging from the 115 hp four
cylinder for the 116i, straight six 129hp for the 120i, while the top-of-the-line spec 130i gets a high output 3.0-litre 265hp six
cylinder. A 3.0-litre straight six with twin turbo, good for 306hp is the powerplant for the sporty 135i. A six-speed gearbox (five-speed
on the 116i) or, optionally, a comfortable six-speed automatic, deliver power to large-size 16-inch wheels. Arguably, the 130i and
135i are one of the few hot hatches that offer a six-cylinder engine in the class.

The clearly structured cockpit provides the driver with perfect ergonomics during his ‘driving experience’. A wide range of
equipment is on offer but should one want more, BMW makes a long list of optional equipments available on the 1 Series. While room up front is not an issue, rear accommodation can be a bit of a squeeze, especially for tall occupants.

The 1 Series is tied to the 3 Series in many ways. Suspension components borrowed from the 3 Series includes MacPherson struts in the front, and a trapezoidal-links at the rear. Large disc brakes provide supreme stopping power in any situation. And the extensive range of standard safety equipment includes DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), DBC (Dynamic Brake Control), Electronic Differential Lock as well as a complete airbag system comprising head airbags for all seats.

The range is also being expanded with many other body styles including a three-door and a two-door expected later on this year.

Technical Specifications
Engine1.6-litre 4-Cyl2.0-litre 6-Cyl2.0-litre 6-Cyl3.0-litre V6
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 130000 – upto 180000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.


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