Who wouldn’t want a car that can run 100,000km without a single fault? That’s what the BMW 130i returned in a recent long-term test.
The BMW 130i is the big winner of the long-term test ranking by one of Germany’s leading car journals, Auto Bild.
Covering 100,000 kilometres or more than 62,000 miles without the slightest problem, BMW’s sporting compact not only achieved the best result throughout the whole of 2009, but also took over overall leadership among all cars ever tested over this distance.
In response, the professional car testers gave the BMW 130i their 1+ grade (equal to AAA) and acknowledged BMW’s sporting performer as the “Best Auto Bild Long-Term Test Car of All Time”.
Apart from highlighting the car’s supreme reliability, the testers also praised the outstanding driving pleasure offered by their car, commenting in particular about the powerful, fast-revving and very efficient straight-six power unit.
This perfect result achieved by the BMW 130i is the most outstanding outcome of the numerous long-term tests conducted by Auto Bild in 2009.
BMW’s five-door 130i completed its 100,000km marathon within approximately 1.5 years, covering both short trips and long journeys on the autobahn. The car completed this demanding challenge without the slightest incident and with both oil consumption and brake pad wear remaining extremely low throughout the entire test period.
In their final report the testers also acknowledged the high level of quality they consistently enjoyed with the BMW 130i even after its ongoing stress test. Their bottom line was that this “zero-defect car” did not show even the slightest signs of wear and tear.
All models in the BMW 1 Series combine reliability with premium quality and driving pleasure.
The BMW 130i offers particularly impressive sportiness and performance with its 3.0-litre straight-six power unit featuring fully variable VALVETRONIC valve management and maximum output of 190 kW/258 hp.
Accelerating from a standstill to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds, this outstanding five-door compact, thanks to its wide range of technologies based on BMW EfficientDynamics, consumes an average of just 8.5 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 33.2 mpg imp) in the EU test cycle.