BMW 120d Cabriolet Review – The Road to Mülheim

By Christian Stampfer on 26 November 2010
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It was a grey, rainy, and hazy afternoon when I arrived at the airport in Düsseldorf on Wednesday.  The computer of my Sixt rental car, a BMW 120d convertible, reported a temperature of 5°C (41°F). This meant that it was not even close to ideal cabrio weather, but I was nonetheless looking forward to having the 120d for the next days.

After leaving the airport,  I entered the Autobahn A52, on which I continued for about 10 kilometers. Starting at the Dutch border near Niederkrüchten-Elmpt, the A52 connects the Netherlands with the “Ruhrpott-Area” (Ruhr-District) in Germany. It has a total length of 93 kilometers and ends near Gelsenkirchen.

The whole drive from the airport at Düsseldorf to my destination in Mülheim took only 20 minutes. Near Breitscheid, I switched from the A52 to the Bundesstraße 1, which I followed for the last six kilometers.

The Bundesstraße 1 is one of the most historic roads in Germany and dates back to the nativity (Geburt Christi). In the nineteenth Century, it was known as the “Reichsstraße 1”, which started near Aachen at the border to Belgium and ending at the border to Latvia near Königsberg (which today is the Polish city of Kaliningrad). It had a total length of 1,392 kilometers (865 miles) and was one of the most important transportation routes from the west to the east.  Today, the Bundesstraße 1 starts at the Dutch border near Aachen and runs to the Polish border at Künstrin-Kietz on the Oder River, where it meets the Polish road DK22. Its current length about 778 kilometers (483 miles).

My sapphire black BMW 120d Convertible was well equipped and had the two most important features a visitor could ask for: navigation (the higher-end professional version) plus Bluetooth.  Furthermore the car had leather seats, xenon headlights, and automatic climate control.

The already well-known two-liter four-cylinder diesel engine develops 177 hp (130 kW) and offers 258 pound-feet of torque. It can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and has a top speed of 222 km/h (138 mp/h). This would be more than enough power, since I planned to drive primarily in the city with only kilometers on the Autobahn to Düsseldorf.

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