Luxury motoring: BMW downsizes to excellent effect

BMW dares to downsize, but a brief drive of a new engine confirms there's nothing for fans of the brand to worry about, writes Paul Healy.

29th September, 2012
BMW 1 Series prototype: BMW's first foray into the world of three-cylinder engines.

To look at, the BMW 1 Series on this page is the same as the car currently on sale in Ireland; entry-level to the Bavarian outfit's line-up. That is somewhat the point, though as the reason BMW invited us to its new driving academy in Maisach in Germany was to experience, not the car itself, but rather the engine mounted under the long bonnet.

Despite having invested heavily in hybrid and EV technology recently (with the...

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