BMW 118i 2019: First drive review
Greg Hill takes the all-new BMW 118i and M135i xDrive models for a first drive.
BMW has taken a bold step into the third-generation of the 1 Series premium-grade five-door hatchback. This is more than just an all-new model, it’s a change of philosophy with a move away from the traditional rear-wheel-drive configuration to a new front-wheel-drive architecture.
While the mere thought of this may not please the purists, the reality is that the new entry-level 118i, with the help of advanced electronics and an excellent suite of advanced driving assistance features, is ideally suited to the segment of the market in which it competes. At the other end of the scale, the high-performance M135i is aimed at the sporting enthusiast, with BMW employing its xDrive all-wheel-drive system in a 1 Series for the first time on the Australian market.
Bolder styling gives the 1 Series a smart and distinctive new appearance, but it retains a familiar BMW family resemblance.