BMW 118i M Sport: Notable number

BMW's new 1-series offers driving enjoyment and features galore

The 118i is the first BMW to have a proximity-triggered keyless system. The doors will unlock as you approach the car and lock when you walk away.
The 118i is the first BMW to have a proximity-triggered keyless system. The doors will unlock as you approach the car and lock when you walk away.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
The 118i is the first BMW to have a proximity-triggered keyless system. The doors will unlock as you approach the car and lock when you walk away.
The 118i is the first BMW to have a proximity-triggered keyless system. The doors will unlock as you approach the car and lock when you walk away.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

It is a front-wheel-drive with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine. But it is not a Renault, Citroen, Ford or Toyota. It is a BMW.

It would be easy to dismiss the Bavarian marque as having gone soft (or bonkers), but a spin in the 118i convinces you otherwise.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2019, with the headline 'Notable number'. Print Edition | Subscribe