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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:50 AM
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Some F20 Pictures from the dealer

Because it seems as if I'm the only one in the US who somewhat likes the F20 1er, I strolled down to Atlantic BMW in Kapstadt (Cape Town). Here are some gratuitous pictures of the F20 that just arrived in SA dealerships two days ago (taken with my mobile phone).

At this point normally I'd talk about a test drive but I don't think they would appreciate a foreigner (especially an American ) test driving their brand new fleet of cars. But the upshot is this; the interior materials are more substantial in touch and feel than its predecessor and the trunk/boot space seems a bit more useable. Rear legroom is slightly improved but if the folks in the front are tall, those in the rear are going to be pressed for room. Headroom is quite good and the steering wheel feels nice and chunky. I thought the Sport trim would be overkill on the exterior looks but I like the interior on it better.

Prices for the SA market start at around R268.000 for the entry 116i petrol and go up to around R235.000 for the top-dog 120d diesel, plus options of course. Prices inclusive of 14% VAT. Fuel consumption figures are pretty good as are the CO≤ emissions.

By the way, as expected, the salesmen/advisors were much more knowledgeable about the cars than dealers in the US. We had a nice conversation, nothing pushy or the "get out" attitude. He even know about cars in the US market, like how we get xDrive models in the US but not in SA. How's that for proper advisor behaviour?
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