The BMW 116i ES is the cheapest car produced by the legendary manufacturer. As such
it only costs £18,030 – a staggering £84,495 less than their most expensive machine. This
poses a question... is the 116i ES an average car with a posh badge or a high-class act?
Bit of both, perhaps. This Volkswagen Golf rival is one of the most engaging cars in its
class. This is due to its: rear-wheel-drive layout, pin-sharp steering, and capable chassis.
It also has a powerful yet economical 2.0-litre petrol engine. This sends its 122bhp through
six-speed manual transmission - and propels prestigious small car lovers to 62mph in
9.8 seconds. Decent performance then, especially as this fashion statement averages
46.3mpg. It has reasonably low emissions too, so your environmental conscience is clear.
Let us now consider the negatives. The BMW 116i ES has clearly been beaten by the
ugly stick. It also has a smaller boot than some cheaper rivals and its specification – for
the hefty price – is unremarkable. As such motorists have to cough-up an additional £400
for climate control, then a further £355 for Bluetooth. Best not ask how much a sunroof
costs. This sharp-handling machine is also too popular, so it feels like there is one parked
on every street corner. Prestigious cars lose their status if everyone has them. Overall
though, the 116i ES deserves its badge. Its fun-focussed handling and rock solid build