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We won't be getting the i hatch, but we will be getting coupe and convertible New Car Reviews With the baby Bimmer's early U.S. arrival date nearing, we headed to the U.K. to get a taste of what's in store. BMW Great Britain is pleased to announce the introduction of the BMW i â€“ a car All this and the car still posts a respectable fuel consumption figure on the combined cycle of mpg. the first public appearance of the i before it goes on sale in the UK in Autumn Prices will be announced at a later date. The i made its trackday debut at the end of March when the evoactive The little BMW gives great confidence on super-smooth tarmac, its stiff set-up finding grip everywhere. Date acquired, November MPG this month, mpg .
This last feature leads to what was, for me, the most surprising aspect of the i.
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I had been expecting it to be a roller skate, with far more attention being paid to handling than to ride quality, but the exact reverse proved to be the case. While some recent BMWs have been distinctly questionable over uneven surfaces, this one was simply brilliant. I would go as far as to say that I have not driven any current BMW 7-Series included which had a more composed and comfortable ride at low to medium speeds.
It would be great to say that this is combined with magical handling, but that's surprise number two.
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For all the talk about how superior rear-wheel drive is to front-wheel drive, I found the i highly disappointing every time I tried to push it through a series of bends.
Normally BMW is very good - especially in comparison with its German rivals - at front-end precision, but it's all been lost here.
The nose of the i spends a lot of time floundering over bumps and undulations when it should be contributing to the overall balance of the car. The tail, meanwhile, varies in its ability to transmit power through different sections of the same corner depending on which part of the bounce cycle the front has reached, and the entire supposed point of one end doing the steering and the other looking after the acceleration is a thing of the past.
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This all makes an interesting contrast with the behaviour of the d see road test. The turbo diesel version of the 1-Series really does feel like a classic rear-wheel drive performance car, to the point where it works most effectively when you're driving it hard.
But while the heavy, stodge-free, super-crisp steering pleased us initially, it was temporarily forgotten when we left the car park for the first time.
Because, oh wow, the i is quick! It also has a bounty of torque, so even from walking pace, booting the throttle will thrust you back in your seat. But so too is handling, again dismissing competitors with varying degrees of ease. The balance is spot-on and you soon learn to use that considerable power to adjust it in corners with foolproof ease.
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The standard steering is pin-sharp accurate and while the suspension is not ultra-stiff, body control is uncannily first-rate. Any surface, any speed, the 1-Series remains unruffled. A class act, with tricks such as progressive yet rapid turn-in and reassuringly gradual and discreet stability control adding to its repertoire.
It has larger wheels and stiffer suspension which aid turn-in but spoil the ride and may possibly enhance understeer on track days; the front tyres, unusually, are narrower than the rears.
Even at speed the steering is crisp and accurate, the low, stretched-forward driving position purposeful and burbling engine always eager to surge forward, be let off its leash. Combined economy of