The BMW F20 (introduced in 2011) is the second generation of the five door compact hatchback variant of the BMW 1 Series. Like its predecessor, new car still features rear-wheel drive, 50:50 weight balance, a longitudinally-mounted engine and an advanced aluminum multilink suspension.
The BMW 1 series uses the BMW N13 inline-four petrol engine. It develops 136 hp (101 kW) in the 116 model and 170 hp (127 kW) in the 118i model. Diesel 1 series models are powered by the BMW N47 engine which is updated for the 120d model. All engines are mated to six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
1.6 L I4 - 136/170 hp
1.6 L I4 170 hp
2.0 L I4 - 116/143/184/218 hp
2,690 mm (105.9 in)
4,324 mm (170.2 in)
1,765 mm (69.5 in)
1,421 mm (55.9 in)
1,365–1,440 kg (3,010–3,200 lb)
BMW claims to have improved cabin materials from the last 1 series. All models on the F20 chassis will be equipped with start-stop and air conditioning as standard. Higher trims will include a 8.8-inch (220 mm) flatscreen monitor and Bluetooth hands-free with USB connectivity. BMW’s Drive Performance Control is standard on all models. Drive Performance Control allows the driver to select one of four modes. These include Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and ECO PRO. ECO PRO aims to save fuel by adjusting throttle response to encourage slower acceleration and by limiting the use of accessories like air-conditioning, heated mirrors and seats. The increases in fuel economy are displayed to the driver, showing how far extra the car can travel as a result. To differentiate the sub-models, BMW offers Sport Line and Urban Line models which differ by alloy wheels, kidney grille and other appearance-related features.