2018 BMW 118i LCI review


Which parts of this mashed-up equation feel like a BMW and which parts don’t, then? Let’s try to find out.

What is very decidedly BMW is the iDrive 6 infotainment system, which has been added to the 118i’s cabin and is the headline act of the revised model range. It’s standard across the 1 Series range and is as clever in this small platform as it is in any other big BMW.

Other standard equipment highlights include: full LED headlights are standard, as is the Sport Line styling package, 16-inch alloy wheels, Navigation System Business, climate control, DAB+, rear-view camera, sports steering wheel, speed limit info, front sports seats, cloth trim, rain-sensing wipers and BMW’s ConnectedDrive services.

Under the bonnet, there’s a perky 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine that generates 100kW and 220Nm. The little hatch can scoot from 0–100km/h in 8.7 seconds and uses a claimed 4.8L/100km. On test we saw low double figures around town in heavy traffic and low sixes on the freeway for a prolonged run.

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