2014 BMW 116d – Drive and Review

2014 BMW 116d 5-Door Hatchback (F20)


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 more or less successful BMW 3 Series Compact as BMW entry model. In the meantime the BMW 1 Series is available in its second generation, internally code-named F20. While the first generation was available with a set of four different models (three- and five door hatchback, coupe and convertible), the current-generation is only available as a three- and five door hatchback. The coupe and convertible models moved up in the product range and are now sold under the 2 Series badge. In the beginning of November I had the pleasure to pick up a black BMW 116d five-door hatchback at the airport of Dusseldorf. The BMW 116d is, next to the 114d, the entry diesel model of the 1 Series and I was able to drive the car for a few days in the Ruhrgebiet (Ruhr district).

Engine and Technology

The BMW 116d is powered by a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine and uses an eight-speed automatic transmission to transfer the maximum power of 116 horsepower (85 kW) to the rear-wheels. A maximum torque of 191 pound-feet (260 Nm) is available between 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. With its power the BMW 116d accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph (0 – 100 km/h) within 10.3 seconds. An official fuel economy of 58 mpg (4.1 l/100 km) with a CO2 emission of 109 g per km is reported by BMW.

From a technology point of view BMW already announced plans to discontinue their unique selling proposition in the compact car segment, the rear-wheel drive system. The future 1 Series will be front-wheel driven and shares its engineering platform with the Mini Series. Customers have currently the choice between a rear-wheel drive only model or a model with BMWs all-wheel drive system xDrive.


Driving the BMW 116d

The BMW 116d is not well-known as one of the sportiest car the BMW Group has to offer. Keeping this in mind I was prepared for my drives ahead with the 116d. After the first kilometers on the Autobahn I felt that the car was heavy and unresponsive when I kept it in the Comfort or Eco Pro mode. But thanks to the Fahrerlebnisschalter (Driving Experience Control) I was able switch into the sport driving mode which provided instantly a more responsive feeling. The Driving Experience Control allows the driver to choose among different driving modes: Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport. Every driving mode adjusts the settings of the car, such as the accelerator progression and the engine response.

After driving the BMW 116d for three days in the city traffic of Dusseldorf and in the surrounding areas, the board computer reported a fuel economy of 39.2 mpg (6.7 l/100 km). The figure is far away from the official reported number of 58 mpg (4.1 l/100 km) but can be explained by my sporty driving behavior thanks to the German Autobahn. Next to that, the car had already more than 13,700 miles (22.000 km) on the odometer and probably didn’t see a proper break-in period.

Infotainment and Safety Options

The BMW 116d came with the navigation system Business and a Bluetooth hands free audio system. The Business edition includes a fixed mounted 6.5 inch display, a USB interface and the intuitive iDrive controller. Additional infotainment systems, such as the Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI), BMW Online and BMW Remote Services can be selected via the optional BMW ConnectedDrive package.

Bottom Line

The entry BMW model is offering a variety of optional features and leaves nearly no wish open. The second-smallest diesel engine in the entire BMW lineup provides sufficient power for city driving but lacks some power in the higher speed range.

The Details

Base price/price-as-tested € 28,200 / € 35,000
Drivetrain Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder
HP/Torque (lb-ft) 116/191
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Curb weight (lbs) 3,075
Wheelbase (inches) 105.9
Length x width x height (inches) 170.2 x 69.4 x 55.9
0-60 mph (seconds) 10.3
City/Highway fuel economy (mpg) 44 / 61

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