Yes, we know these are not (comparatively) new cars, but we saw them while we were at Quill Automobiles PJ taking shots of the just-launched BMW 420i Coupe, and remembered that only the fully-imported (CBU) 125i was present at the launch event.
So here’s a gallery of the most-affordable and second-most affordable variants in the Malaysian F20 BMW 1 Series range – the 116i and 118i, with the latter in Urban trim. Both are locally assembled (CKD).
Available only in standard trim, the 116i’s direct-injected 1.6 litre N13 four-cylinder turbo engine makes 136 hp and 220 Nm of torque, enough to push the vehicle to 100 km/h from rest in 8.7 seconds and onwards to 210 km/h.
It gets 17-inch Y-spoke alloys with 205/50 tyres, satin silver interior trim and cloth upholstery, and is the only 1 Series variant without cruise control, auto air-con or a chrome-trimmed steering wheel.
The 118i has the same engine as the 116i, only here it’s tuned to give 170 hp and 250 Nm of torque. As a result, the 118i does the century sprint in 7.2 seconds before topping out at 222 km/h.
This Urban-spec car features Alpine White grille slats and exterior trim, a lightly-grilled fog lamp housing, white 17-inch V-spoke alloys with 225/45 tyres, a high-gloss black interior with silver accents, and silver cloth/black leather upholstery.
The F20 BMW 1 Series range in Malaysia is priced as follows (OTR without insurance):
- BMW 116i – RM170,800 (CKD)
- BMW 118i Sport – RM190,800 (CKD)
- BMW 118i Urban – RM190,800 (CKD)
- BMW 125i Sport – RM238,800 (CBU)
- BMW 125i M Sport – RM253,800 (CBU)
BMW 118i Urban