To complement the choice of specification, four engines are provided to suit each individual buyer’s requirements. The entry-level 116i has a 115bhp 1.6-litre Bi-VANOS petrol engine capable of a zero to 62mph time of 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 125mph, while still posting a 37.7mpg consumption figure; power being transmitted to the road via a five-speed manual gearbox. The other petrol engine to be offered is the VALVETRONIC 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit in the 120i with 150bhp on tap. This car achieves a zero to 62mph time of 8.7 seconds and maximum speed of 135mph and, like the two diesel-powered cars offered, comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.
The current flagship of the 1 Series range is the 120d. Powered by a 163bhp 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engine this car achieves 49.6mpg but still records a 7.9 second zero to 62mph time and a 137mph top speed. Those who want to retain the driving dynamics of the 1 Series but be powered by a slightly tamer diesel can opt for the 118d and its 122bhp 2.0-litre engine. Averaging 50.4mpg this car promises to be frugal yet still achieve a zero to 62mph time of 10 seconds and reach a top speed of 125mph.Published 20 May 2004