Following the announcement of the high performance 265hp 130i to the range, all 1 Series variants now come with automatic drive-away door locking function for increased security and peace of mind. Additionally, technology from larger BMW models has now cascaded to the 1 Series. The second-generation of Active Steering, featuring an enhanced variable steering ratio for greater manoeuvrability at lower speeds while still delivering increased levels of stability at higher speeds, is offered for the first time on 130i models only. Meanwhile, Adaptive Headlights that turn to illuminate the direction the car is steering rather than the direction it is pointing, are also available.
Three new interior upholstery cloths are also now available in combination with new Brushed Aluminium or Light Burr Walnut trims. A new style of multi-spoke 18-inch alloy wheel completes the list of possible enhancements. As with all the new generation of BMWs, the 1 Series is now available with iPod connectivity.
To read our in depth road test of the BMW 1 Series [ click here ]Published 9 August 2005