BMW 118i Aug 13, 2020 15:10:37 GMT
Post by Blarno on Aug 13, 2020 15:10:37 GMT
Had a 69 plate 118i as a rental for a trip to Coventry yesterday, took it home from work on Tuesday. It's basically a washing machine on wheels - no real redeeming features and completely forgettable. I couldn't even tell you what engine it had, such was the lack of engine note. It had a gearbox of some kind - auto or dual clutch, I really couldn't tell - no flappy paddles and a supposed Sport mode. As it was the new model, I assume it's basically a Mini with a different body.
Decent cruise control.
Economy? No idea what it did, it wasn't my fuel.
Auto hold brakes.
Dull to look at. Is it a Focus? Is it a Hyundai? What is it?
Intrusive lane assistance system - this took me a few minutes to find in the Idrive settings as it was actively counteracting my steering inputs, which is, frankly, fucking dangerous. If I'm approaching a tractor in an inside lane and I can see it from a fair distance away, and there's nobody behind or near me, I will pull out of my lane well in advance without indicating (If there's no one to indicate to, why bother?). Try that in the 118i and it will act against your steering input, meaning you steer even harder, and when you do eventually change lane, it stops acting against you and you veer wildly across the lane because you're now putting more steering effort in.
Dimwitted stop/start system. I'm not a fan of stop/start as it is - sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. This one decides to stop the engine at inopportune moments, such as when you pull up outside your house to reverse into your drive and as you go to select reverse, it kills the engine, then lurches back into life and you lunge backwards like a learner driver. Or it feels like it's stalled.
Digital dials. Mainly the ridiculous fake shadows on the needles, which bear no relevance to wherever the light is coming from. I realise this is a minor foible, but why add the shadows? The fuel gauge is gash as well - just a selection of blocks that seem to take ages to deplete and then 2 drop off at once (Similar to the digi dash in my Astra GTEs). They can clearly make analogue-esque needles, so why not the same for the fuel and engine temp?
Seat adjustment. On the side of the seat is a 2 way rocker switch with arrows pointing forwards and backwards. Logic would tell you this is the fore and aft adjustment, right? Wrong. It actually adjusts the side bolsters inwards and outwards. Makes perfect sense....
Not my cup of tea at all.