Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 'Lights On' warning buzzer
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW teleservices
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Engine start/stop button
  • Oil level indicator
  • On board computer
  • On board diagnostics
  • Outside temperature display
  • Service interval indicator

Entertainment

  • Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices
  • BMW professional radio with CD player
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Brake force display
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipe
  • Chrome kidney grille with black vertical slats
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinch
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Rear wash/wipe

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 12V power socket in passenger footwell
  • 4 grab handles
  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Anthracite Velour floor mats
  • Black door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Door armrests
  • Folding rear seat head rests
  • Front folding/sliding centre armrest with storage
  • Front head restraints
  • Front/rear courtesy lights with soft on/off dimming
  • Glovebox
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
  • Load restraint lashing eyes
  • Multifunction steering wheel with audio controls
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Welcome lighting

Safety

  • ABS/EBD
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Crash sensor
  • Driver/Passenger airbags (Impact dependent)
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • DSC+
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • ITS head airbags for front/rear
  • Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts
  • Seat belt force limiter
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Automatic drive away locking facility
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Drive Performance Control

Wheels

  • Tyre mobility system

Emissions

CO

0.119

CO2 (g/km)

89

HC

HC+NOx

0.066

Noise Level dB(A)

68

NOx

0.037

Particles

0.0001

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1496

Compression Ratio

16.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

84

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

90

Engine Code

B37D15U0

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

83.1

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

91.1

EC Urban (mpg)

72.4

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

116

Based On ID

Coin Description

d

Coin Series

EffDynamics Plus

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

15E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

6

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

24

Service Interval Mileage

30000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

10.4

Engine Power - BHP

116

Engine Power - KW

85

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

199

Engine Torque - MKG

28

Engine Torque - NM

270

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

121

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

205/55 R16

Tyre Size Rear

205/55 R16

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

STAR SPOKE STYLE 654

Wheel Type

16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1421

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4329

Wheelbase

2690

Width

1765

Width (including mirrors)

1984

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

52

Gross Vehicle Weight

1885

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1200

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

360

Max. Loading Weight

565

Max. Roof Load

75

Minimum Kerbweight

1320

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.9

Summary

As impressive as the BMW 116d EfficentDynamics' economy figures are, there will always be people who decide that this is a car that is neither very cheap, very much fun nor very pretty. They'd have a point. If you can live with the looks, many will feel that speed off the mark is something they'd willingly sacrifice for better efficiency. The final point of cost is partly answered by the BMW's beefy residual values which drive down the overall cost of ownership and also by the fact that cheaper alternatives aren't usually considered rivals on the basis of badge equity. Even when choosing eco cars, people are swayed by notions of style and prestige. With its 99g/km emissions and 74.3mpg fuel economy, the 116d EffiicientDynamics is a masterpiece of engineering and one that deserves to rack up some big sales figures. The idea of having a car that makes journeys cheap is enormously appealing. The car should be all about enabling our lifestyle choices. Here's one that performs that task quite brilliantly.

Background

As much as it hurts to say, a car's straight line performance is becoming an irrelevance when most people choose to buy cars. Leaf through car magazines of a certain vintage and the ads would be stuffed with 0-60 times and horsepower figures. Speed was sexy. If you didn't have some big power under your bonnet, you'd failed somewhere along the line. How things have changed. These ads seem like dinosaurs now, macho posturing from a chest wig era when 'Turbo' was even a brand of cheap aftershave. Nowadays manufacturers push a more environmentally responsible agenda, and few are quite as adept as BMW, self-styled manufacturers of the 'Ultimate Driving Machine'. Hyperbole only gets you so far, but BMW's 116d EfficientDynamics Plus is a car that makes all the right numbers. With its headline 89g/km carbon dioxide emission, this 1 Series is certain to prove popular.

Driving Experience

As you might expect, the 116d marks the entry level point in the 1 Series diesel range, but the EfficientDynamics Plus model is separate from the standard 116d, bringing with it a raft of fuel saving extras. Both variants now get the 1.5-litre three cylinder diesel originally developed for the MINI Hatch. For what it's worth, this 116bhp unit will make 62mph from standstill in 10.3 seconds and run onto a top speed of around 125mph, so while it isn't concussively quick, it's in no danger of getting in the way of its own shadow. The 1 Series has always been distinguished by the quality of its driving dynamics and it's good to see that BMW hasn't been tempted to compromise on its principles. The chassis balance remains as good as ever but a wider track (51mm at the front and 71mm at the rear) than its predecessor makes this car even more planted through corners.

Design and Build

This revised 2nd generation 1 Series model features subtle but key differences to refine yet further the overall package. At the front, a new lower apron with larger air intakes and a horizontal bar combines with reshaped BMW kidney grilles and new headlamps that feature LED daytime driving lights as standard on all models. Otherwise, things are as before. One consequence of running a transmission tunnel through what has been a rather compact hatch has been rather compromised accommodation but since this MK2 1 Series was originally launched, things have improved in that respect. Inside, there's more storage space than you might expect, with large front door pockets, two cup holders on the centre console and a roomy glove compartment. Out back, there's 360-litres of luggage space. Fold the 60/40 split rear seats flat and this can be increased to a maximum of 1,200-litres. Build quality seems to have improved as well, with more substantial plastics used throughout. BMW's much-improved iDrive system features and includes a high definition 6.5 inch flat screen. The shark-nosed exterior styling takes a bit of getting used to, but most would agree that the profile now looks a lot cleaner.

Market and Model

The 116d EfficientDynamics Plus model costs around £22,500, around £800 more than the standard 116d variant. The premium is all about its energy saving kit. This includes an Auto Start-Stop function and the ECO PRO mode, activated using the Drive Performance Control (included as standard),which is a new feature on BMWs that adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. When in ECO PRO mode the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved. BMW's entry-level trims have never been particularly well appointed but the latest 1 Series isn't too bad in this regard. Expect to find satin silver interior trim and Move cloth seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, chrome exhaust and keyless start.

Cost of Ownership

It's fair to say that when it comes to eking fuel economy out of surprisingly perky cars, nobody does it better than BMW. No car manufacturer has made quite such impressive progress as BMW in the field of improving efficiency and the 116d's 89g/km carbon dioxide emissions figure is better than that of vehicles like the 1.3-litre Toyota iQ or the 1.0-litre Citroen C1. That it is a far bigger, quicker and heavier car only serves to underscore quite how good BMW is at this sort of thing. Fuel economy is rated at 83.1mpg which, when coupled with the car's 55-litre fuel tank gives an effective range of 900 miles. Suddenly the concept of only visiting the filling station once a month appears distinctly appealing. Exemption from the London congestion charge is another key benefit (for some at least) and unlike some eco cars that are clearly designed as company car tax workarounds, the 116d EfficientDynamics looks equally attractive to private buyers who want a smart new car with strong residual values but want to keep a cap on ongoing costs.