2018 BMW 125i Review | Asian Car Guide
July 16, 2020

2018 BMW 125i Review

2018 bmw 1 series hatch

The 1 series is BMW’s entry range of automobiles, comprising 118i, 120i, 125i and M140i. These are 5-door, rear-wheel drive, north-south engine sports hatchbacks.

We tested the 125i, which courtesy of its recent update, now sports a more chiselled appearance, with sleeker headlamps, sharper kidney grille and more sculpted taillights.

It is elegant, purposeful, very well composed and attractive sleek looks, nice drive train and tonnes of rear-wheel drive fun push the 2018 BMW 125i to the front in a segment that is filled with brilliant cars.

On the inside, the bucket seats are nicely wrapped in Alcantara and leather trim, completed with sporty blue stitching to match the credentials of the car itself.

2018 bmw 125iThe 125i cabin is clearly sportier; everything else is BMW-familiar. Ergonomically placed controls and buttons fall to the driver’s hand easily, with an overall premium feel that is synonymous with the Bavarian marque.

Rear view vision is great, though the thick C-pillar is a major blind spot when reversing the car, so rear-view-cam use is essential.

The rear windows and rear side windows are tinted.

To describe the car as zippy on the go is an understatement. With a sportier suspension and 310 Nm of torque from 1,400rpm, the 125i feels very perky on the straights.

Mated to an eight-speed automatic Steptronic sports transmission, the 165kW maximum delivery from the 2.0-litre four cylinders is never jerky.

Speed gathers in a rather polished manner to dash across the century mark in 6.1 seceonds. There is a manual gear shifting option, and paddle shifters are mounted behind the wheel.

BMW Efficient Dynamics delivers four drive modes, Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sports +.

Eco Pro mode adjusts the characteristics of the Steptronic transmission and the heating/air-con settings for as fuel-efficient driving as possible.

The steering wheel becomes heavier while throttle response sharpens when driven in Sport mode.

Then you have auto start/stop and an eight-speed auto gearbox bringing about very reasonable fuel economy of 5.9 litres/100km.

A very competent engine delivers acceleration that is smooth, rapid and linear.

The car is just as impressive around town, and it feels extremely flexible and smooth at low revs should you decide to take a slow or leisurely drive, as with a well-developed sense of flow the car absorbs bumps and broken tarmacs with pliancy and remarkably little noise from suspension and tyres.

BMW reliability has been proven over decades and applies to this 125i also.

The 2.0-litre engine is highly efficient. This is one of the best-looking cars in its class and if performance, reliability and comfort are what you are looking for, the 125i oozes it.

Standard safety includes six airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls, brake assist, driver attention detection, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition (displayed on driver info screen behind wheel), front autonomous emergency braking and two ISOFIX points.

On the passive side, the 125i features for front, side and head airbags as well as “Intelligent Emergency Call” assistance.

2018 bmw 1 series hatch side rearSome of the available accessories include child seat, waterproof boot protective mat, rear of seat i-pad holder, 19” wheels, rear 2 to 3 bike holder, and head up cockpit display.

BMW offers a basic pre-paid servicing package ($1,340) for the first five years or 80,000km which includes; spark plugs, oil, brake fluid and filters, called “Service Inclusive”. It can be purchased within 12 months of buying the car.

The standard BMW warranty covers three years/unlimited km.

2018 BMW 125i Pricing and specifications:

  • Price: $49,990 plus on road cost
  • Engine: 1998cc inline-4cyl, DOHC, 16v, turbocharged
  • Transmission: 8 speed Steptronic Auto, rear wheel drive
  • Power: 165kW @ 5200-6500rpm
  • Wheels/Tyres: 17” alloys, 205/50 R 17 Y
  • Speed: 0-100 6.2 sec, maximum 243 km/hr
  • Torque: 310Nm @ 1,400-5,000rpm
  • Fuel: combined consumption 5.9 L/100 km
  • CO2: 134 g/km
  • Dimensions mm: L 4399 W 1765 H 1421 WB 2690,
  • Turning: 10.9 metres
  • Kerb Weight: 1475kg
  • Fuel tank: 52 litres