The New BMW 1 Series | Part Six (2004)

BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series

Safety

The new BMW 1 Series comes as standard with the highest levels of active and passive safety. Familiar systems from other BMW models such as ABS brakes, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Dynamic Brake Control and Cornering Brake Control are all fitted as standard. BMW's Tyre Puncture Warning System is also fitted, alerting the driver to the possibility of a loss in pressure, while the standard Run-flat tyres ensure the car can be driven safely for up to 90 miles at up to 50mph, with all tyres punctured.

Another safety feature on the 1 Series is the recently introduced Brake Force Display (BFD). Using a double segment of lights in the rear light cluster, BFD increases the brake light illumination area as soon as the ABS system is activated or the car detects a rapid deceleration. The extra illumination warns drivers behind that the car is braking sharply.

Should the worst happen and an accident occurs, sensors in the Advanced Safety Electronics system cut the fuel pump and alternator, and the battery is deactivated to minimise the risk of fire. Six airbags are standard in the 1 Series with the two front airbags intelligent, dual-stage versions that inflate in speed and size depending on the severity of the accident and work in conjunction with the active seatbelt tensioners. Front side airbags are located in the side of the front seat and AHPS head airbag system protects both front and rear passengers. To protect the smaller passengers, two ISOFIX child seat restraints in the rear are available across the 1 Series range, and can include front seat fixings and passenger airbag deactivation.

Standard Equipment

Six-speed gearbox (five-speed on 116i); six airbags; Brake Force Display; Run-flat tyres with Tyre Puncture Warning System; aluminium front suspension; five link rear suspension; on-board computer; ISOFIX child seat fixings; CD player.

SE Specification

7 x 16" alloy wheels; automatic climate control; front arm rest; front fog lamps; interior auto dimming mirror; three-spoke leather sports multifunction steering wheel; lights package; Park Distance Control - rear.

Sport Specification

7 x 16" alloy wheels; automatic climate control; Black Gomera interior trim; colour coded exterior body parts; front fog lamps; sports seats (in Motion cloth / Sensatec); sports suspension; three-spoke leather sports steering wheel.

Optional Highlights

Six-speed automatic gearbox (120i, 120d); leather upholstery; Business and Professional navigation (with TMC) and iDrive controller / folding screen; Park Distance Control - front and rear; sports seats; HiFi speaker system; Professional HiFi with Logic7.

Published 2 August 2004 Melanie Carter

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