BMW's first front-wheel-drive 1 Series joined the market at the end of 2019. Ciro De Siena spent some time behind the wheel of the entry 118i to bring you this video review.
Platform-sharing makes a lot of sense, especially to accountants. BMW has resolutely stuck to rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive drivetrains thus far but for the 1 Series, the allure of sharing drivetrains across the MINI and BMW brands proved too strong for the company to resist.
Add to that that polling BMW customers revealed that most 1 Series drivers couldn't even tell if their very own cars were FWD or RWD. So, here we are in 2020, test driving a FWD 1 Series.
In this in-depth video, our video guy Ciro De Siena takes a detailed look at the newcomer, and tries to answer the question that most people who buy 1 Series couldn't give two hoots about, but many fanboys have lost sleep over: has front-wheel-drive ruined the 1 Series?