BMW 118i 5-Door Hot Hatchback Car Review & Test Drive

BMW 118i 5-Door Hatchback

Lady luck must be on my side, barely a month after testing the great 325i M Sports, I have the honour to test drive another BMW. This time, it is the premium-badge small hatchbacks namely BMW 118i.

Some quick facts for the car enthusiasts out there, 118i comes with a 136 bhp 2 liter four-cylinders Valvetronic and Double-VANOS engine. This advanced valve control Technology servers a dual purpose. Valvetronic enhances performance and fuel economy using infinitely variable valve lift control, while Double-VANOS ensures an ideal Torque curve over the entire rev range. Hence, this beemer is capable of hitting a top speed of 204 km/h and a 0-100 km/h sprint in 10 seconds flat.

BMW 118i Front View

BMW 118i Front Right View

BMW 118i Front Left View

118i's design and styling was obviously inspired from its 3 and 5 Series big brothers. I find the design very contemporary and macho although there were complains that the huge headlamps coupled with the overly-aggressive front is too big for its body, resulting in an awkward and disproportional look.

BMW 118i Rear Left View

BMW 118i Raring to Go

BMW 118i Rear View

Front Combination Lamps

5-Spokes 16 inch Alloy Rims

Front Interior Cabin

You can't expect leather racing seat and carbon fibre upholstery as other pricier BMW models, after all this is an entry level beemer. Nevertheless, BMW 118i's interior cabin design is classy and elegant with top notch build quality. The fabric seat is comfortable, all key controls are within reach, easy to comprehend and well-engineered.

Signature 'Start Stop Engine' Button

3-Spoke Driving Wheel with Integrated Controls

The signature 'Keyless Remote Control' & 'Start Stop Engine' button is present, as well as climate control, integrated audio & voice command on driving wheel, front and rear reading lights for all passengers, plus great audio system that comes with integrated iPod connection via AUX input.

Meter & Multi-Info Display

Metallic Gear Knob

Although there is no F1 paddle-shift behind the steering wheel, manual gear changes are still possible via the gear knob. Thankfully BMW does not skimp on safety gizmos. There are driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags, plus traction and dynamic stability control. An alarm, immobilisers, remote central locking and deadlocks are in place to keep thieves at bay too.

Elegant & Stylish Dashboard

Audio System & Climate Control

Vanity Mirror with Lights

Individual Front Reading Lamps

Rear Cabin Reading Lamps

Head-Lights Controls

Central Armrest Console with Aux & USB Input

Rear Cabin

Hidden BMW Trunk Opener

How does this little beast behaves on the road? Fantastic is the word that comes to my mind. You can feel the surge of power right from the start. I'm also impressed by the superb body control, loads of grip and a balanced feel provided by the front-engined, rear-wheel-drive chassis. However, the 118i suffers from occasional power inadequacy especially on highways or when overtaking. This is probably caused by the delayed surge of power that's only available at higher revs.

Thanks to BMW's 'Efficient Dynamics' technology. 118i's fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions are one of the best in the class. The rear-wheel drive on the BMW 118i also imparts dynamic energy to every manoeuvre and plays a significant role in obtaining an ideal body weight distribution.

The result? Incomparable agility, excellent handling and precision steering. Or, to put it another way: pure driving pleasure.

- Nice design and one of the hottest hatch
- Great pick-up power
- Agile and fun to drive
- Efficient Dynamics: great fuel efficiency + reduce emission
- Only production hatchback in the world to feature a rear-wheel drive configuration

- Air-cond vents are hard to adjust
- Power lagged at high revs
- No paddle shift
- No HID lamp
- Limited space for rear seats
- Average stability at high speed

Famous Singapore Frog Porridge 田鸡粥 @ Geylang Lor 9 SS2, Petaling Jaya

Absolutely Delicious Claypot Kong Po Frog

For the fans of AFC (Asian Food Channel), chances are you have known the famous Singapore Fresh Frog Porridge. The wait is finally over, PJ folks are able to savor this delicious delicacy in the recently opened Geylang Lor 9 Fresh Frog Porridge Restaurant in SS2.

Nice & Clean Decor with Open Kitchen

The menu is straightforward and simple. First, decide on how many frogs you want. Next, you can either opt for Fresh Frog Porridge (all in 1 pot) or you may order frog and porridge separately. If you choose the later, there are 2 cooking styles available which is Kung Po (Spicy) or Ginger & Scallions (Non-Spicy). Each frog cost MYR12 and do not afraid cause frog meat taste like chicken but much more sweeter version.

Clay pot Porridge

Clay pot Kung Po Frog

Clay pot Ginger & Scallion Frog

Normally, I'll first scoop some porridge and then add in frog meat with gravy. The dark sauce comes with the right amount of spiciness from the dried chillies, saltiness from the oyster sauce & sweetness from the frog meat. In short, it is lip-smacking good.

First Step: Scoop some Porridge

Second Step: Add in Frog with Gravy

Mandatory Veggie

If you are in PJ and would like to have a light meal, do consider Geylang Lor 9 fresh frog porridge. It is good for your health too as Chinese believes that frog meat can cleanse the blood and clear acne.

Restaurant Geylang Lor 9 Fresh Frog Porridge
No. 10, Jalan SS2/61
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor (Same row as McDonald's)
GPS: 3.117076, 101.621904
Tel: 03-7874 1233

Delectable Frozen Yogurt

Yogurt has been around since thousand of years and is well known to be nutritionally rich in protein, calcium & multivitamins. A study even found that the consumption of low-fat yogurt can promote weight loss too.

If you have sweet tooth but are dieting due various reasons, Tutti Frutti will be an excellent choice as replacement for your ice-cream cravings. Naza group of companies brought Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt franchise from US to Malaysia and have since grew to around 10 branches nationwide.

4 Easy Steps to Create Your Own Froyo

Frozen yogurt is slightly different from your normal yogurt as it has the texture of gelato plus slightly tangy taste from the fermentation of lactose that produces lactic acid. Tutti Frutti practice self service concept whereby you first select the size of the paper cup. Next, just choose the Frozen yogurt flavor you like and dispense by pulling the lever.

There are a number of different flavors available from blueberry, strawberry, mango, lychee, chocolate, peach, passion fruit etc. The flavors are frequentyly rotated too. Proceed to select any extra toppings you like from whipped cream, fresh fruit slices, chocolate chips to M&Ms. Finally bring your design to the counter to be weighed. You'll be charged MYR 5.30 per 100 grams.

Bright & Inviting Tutti Fruitti Outlet

8 delicious Frozen Yogurt Flavors Available

Yummy Blueberry & Chocolate Froyo

Without realizing it, I have been frequenting Tutti Frutti at least once a week. My favorite flavor is passion fruit, peach and strawberry flavor. Yum!!

Sunway Giza Mall (Same row as Public Bank)
No. 2 Jalan PJU 5/14, PJU 5, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, SELANGOR