2014 BMW 116d Five-Door Hatchback – Road Test and Review

By Christian Stampfer on 17 December 2014
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IMG_1561DÜSSELDORF – The first generation of the BMW 1 Series was introduced by BMW in 2004 and aimed for customers looking for a sporty car in the compact class. The 1er also replaced the not overly successful BMW 3 Series Compact as BMW’s entry model.

Today, the BMW 1 Series is available in its second generation, internally code-named F20. While the first generation was available in four different models (three- and five door hatchbacks, coupe and convertible), the current generation is available only as three or five door hatchbacks. The coupe and convertible models moved up in the product range and are now available under the 2 Series badge.

In the beginning of November, I had the opportunity to spend the better part of a week with a BMW 116d five-door hatchback in and around Düsseldorf. The BMW 116d is the second smallest diesel in the 1 Series and I drove the car for a few days in the Ruhrgebiet (Ruhr district).



The BMW 116d is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine and paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine develops 116 horsepower (85 kW) with torque of 191 pound-feet (260 Nm) available between 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. The 116d accelerates from a standstill to 62 mph (0 – 100 km/h) in 10.3 seconds. The car’s official fuel economy is specified at 58 mpg (4.1 l/100 km) with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km

From a technological perspective, BMW had already announced plans to discontinue their unique selling proposition in the compact car segment, namely the car’s rear-wheel drive system. The next generation 1 Series will be front-wheel drive and will share its platform with the Mini. Today, however, customers enjoy the choice of a rear-wheel drive only model or a model with BMWs xDrive all-wheel drive system.


The driver-oriented cockpit is dominated by the navigation screen located in the middle of the dashboard. Every button of the cockpit is easily reachable. The center console consists of the iDrive controller and the automatic transmission shifter.

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