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Journeys : Apr May 2012
*Conditions apply Keeping you in the home you love Stannah Stairlift free home assessment Inside for straight or turning stairways... .. .or outside for straight stairways www.prking.com.au BLD LIC No 22942 Call Michael on 9748 3488 for your free brochure 19205_PR King Journey Mag Ad_2.indd 1 16/02/11 10:26 AM 2012 BMW 116i The premium end of town is certainly putting on pressure in the small car segment with the recently released BMW 116i. For $45,982 you can drive away an automatic ($42,380 for the manual) with quality BMW build and technology. At the heart of the 116i is a 1.6L twin-scroll turbo. Official figures indicate 100kW and 220Nm, but it feels stronger than that on the road, with little turbo lag and a sweet-sounding, free-rev v ing persona. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.8l/100km for the eight-speed auto on test, although the best I saw was 6.3L/100km. BMW has stuck to their tried and true philosophy of front engine, rear-wheel-dr ive architecture. This allows an almost perfect 50:50 weight distr ibution, and allows the front wheels to get on with the job of steering the car rather than having to drive it as well. This package really allows the 116i to set the handling benchmark in the small car category. The ride is firm but compliant. On tw isty roads it rewards the driver with its neutral steering and dynamic chassis. The cheaper entry-level pricing doesn’t mean only the basics come standard – you’ll get alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, cruise control including a braking function to ensure you don’t exceed your set speed going dow n hills, a large centre screen and BMW’s iDrive system to control functionality. Auto stop-start is also standard. Interior space and comfort is an improvement over the outgoing model, although rear-seat adult passengers will feel a bit squeezed for legroom if the front passengers are above-average height. Three switchable drive modes are also standard. Comfort is the default, allowing for everyday driving; sport mode will sharpen up steering, throttle and transmission response; while the ECO-PRO will help you along the way to more efficient and economical motoring. Selecting ECO-PRO you have the option of driving hints telling you to drive economically. The multi-function display tells you how many additional kilometres you have added while driving in this mode. I found the best results were gained in city driving, where the auto stop-start system worked ver y effectively. If you’re aspiring to a European brand but don’t have a big bank balance, BMW might have just provided an opportunity to get on board. First drives Darren Moody enjoys some of the latest offerings Life on the move 26 April / May 2012
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