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BMW 118d Coupe Review

Review of the BMW 118d Coupe ES

BMW 118d Coupe ES

BMW 118d Coupe ES

Model/Engine size: 118d ES
Fuel: Diesel
Fuel economy combined: 62.8 mpg

The BMW 118d Coupe offers entertaining rear-wheel drive handling along with fuel economy of 62.8 mpg.

Combining strong performance and low CO2 emissions thanks to BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology, it’s further proof to show that cars do exist that can be fun and efficient. There is no other car that provides this much rear-wheel drive entertainment with such low emissions.

The 1 Series hatch on which the Coupe is based is a strong performer too, but its styling splits opinion. The transformation to Coupe produces a far more pleasing result. The Coupe shares the reassuringly solid feel of the rest of the BMW range and the driver-focused dashboard sets out its intentions. Front seat passengers will have no complaints about the space on offer but the rear seats are best kept to occasional adult use. The falling roofline and BMW’s love for dark interiors can make the rear a little claustrophobic.

The 118d is the cheapest model in the range and is also the most efficient, so it’s a win-win. It may have the least power using a detuned version of the brilliant 2.0 turbodiesel producing 143 bhp and 221 lb.ft of torque, but this is still enough to provide good performance. If you want more, the 120d is incredibly efficient too.

Whilst you might reasonably expect the Coupe to perform well in the driving stakes it is also a pleasant surprise to find an unusually cosseting ride quality, which is something that BMW has struggled with in recent years. This gives a welcome extra side to its character which dramatically improves its useability on a day-to-day basis.

The 118d blends style, performance, comfort and very low CO2 emissions in a compelling package. It also comes as standard with a diesel particulate filter which is good news. Given the surprisingly high kerb weight the performance and fuel economy are astonishing thanks to EfficientDynamics. What’s less surprising is the price. The Coupe is expensive but we think it does enough to justify this.

Car details and fuel economy data

Fuel economy extra urban: 70.6 mpg
Fuel economy urban: 52.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 119 g/km
Green rating: VED band C – first year £0
Weight: 1395 Kg
Company car tax liability (2010/11): 13%
Price: £21,065 (From £21,065 to £30,675)
Insurance group: 23
Power: 143 bhp
Max speed: 130 mph
0-62 mph: 9 seconds
DPF: Yes