2012 Bmw 1-Series gets a 5 stars rating at the Euro NCAP crash tests

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 27, 2011

Euro NCAP has released its test results on Oct. 26 for a batch of vehicles, one of which is the new generation of BMW 1-Series in its 116i 5-door configuration. The new 1-Series did generally well in protecting its adult occupants, except that there was weak protection for the chest during the more severe side impact pole crash test.

When tested for the frontal and side impacts, the dummy readings showed that the 1 Series scored maximum points in protecting the 3 year infant however, its 18 month old protection is also very good.

Euro NCAP said that there’s a switch available that could disable the passenger airbag and permits a rearward facing restraint to be used in that seating position. Details given to the driver on the status of the airbag fail to meet Euro NCAP's requirements. It also said that a permanently-attached label explains the risks of using a rearward facing seat in that position without disabling the airbag.

The appearance of the 1-Series is outstanding, particularly in the front, but its level of protection for all areas that would be hit by the pelvis was marginal. The new 1-Series scored 86% for its safety assistance devices. Euro NCAP admired the car’s ESP and its persistent beep to remind the driver and its passengers that they haven’t put their seatbelt on yet.

BMW’s premium compact 1-Series has been considered the incarnation of driving pleasure, and the same can be said for its all-new generation. It offers cutting-edge motor and suspension technology, more fuel economy, markedly increased spaciousness and an assortment of the latest features and equipment.

It remains as the only rear-wheel-driven premium compact, and it is expected to carry on the strengths and international success of its million-selling previous version. The all-new BMW 1-Series distinguishes itself from its five-door segment rivals as it cements its status as a trendsetting original.

New entry-level BMW 1-Series has been seasoned to further enhance its combination of sportive performance and convenient handling. Functionality is also better, thanks to its additional driver assistance systems usually found only in more premium cars. The car’s classic stature is also evident in its dimensions. The new BMW 1-Series is now 4,324 mm long (85 mm more than the previous version) and the wheelbase is 2,690 mm (30 mm wider).

Wider track widths by 51mm and 72mm at the front and rear, respectively have added 17mm to its overall width, making it 1,765mm, thus giving the car a more powerful presence. However, the car retains its previous height of 1,421mm. Interiorly, the rear seat legroom is increased by 21mm and the boot compartment adds 30 more litres for a total of 360 litres.

The new 1-Series design vividly reflects the car’s technological innovations. Its bright and sprightly image has been elegantly modernised for more prestige, with its finely-sculpted exterior and functionally more advanced interior. The series has also expanded and improved with the addition of the BMW Sport Line and BMW Urban Line, which add external and internal design and equipment enhancements for additional premium customisation.

BMW 1-Series cars are all powered by four-cylinder engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The all-new petrol engines enable extremely dynamic feels along with superb fuel economy and reduced emissions. The 1.6-litre versions power the new 116i and 118i models, enabling respective power outputs of 100 kW/136hp and 125 kW/170hp (10 kW and 20 kW more than on their preceding versions), while consuming 10 percent less petrol.

The engines feature twin-scroll turbochargers, direct injection, Double-VANOS and VALVETRONIC. On the other hand, the new and reengineered 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engines power the new 116d, 118d and 120d models with corresponding 85kW/116hp, 105kW/143hp and 135kW/184hp power outputs.

Variable turbine geometry and common-rail direct fuel injection are implemented on the diesel engines. The performance capabilities afforded by all these engines reconfirm the class-leading fuel economy of BMW 1-Series within its segment.

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