Speed Week: The Hot Hatches
Aspirational, affordable, and with blistering performance. And perfect for the school run. What more could you possibly want?
Posted: 28 Jul 2014
We'll begin in the Beemer. It might have ditched the upright rear for a swoopy roof - and it's notably longer, lower and wider than the 1-Series Coupe it replaces - but that seems to have been lost in the translation from sketchbook to metal. It's just a bit... pudgy, don't you think? Alright, so it's not supposed to be a pumped-up M car, but it could do with turning some of that visual weight into muscle. Maybe a bigger set of wheels might help. Inside, the perceived plumpness is exaggerated by a fat steering wheel, which - like everything else in the cabin - is swaddled in leather. All of this adds up to a kerbweight of 1,530kg, and although that hardly makes it lardy, it's still the heaviest of this foursome.