BMW 118i 2016
Added: 11th of October 2016
Having driven VW Golfs for the past 10 years I find the BMW more stylish but very similar to drive and the stop-start system is marginally better. I am slightly disappointed with the storage space particularly in respect of the boot. With run flat tyres there is no spare wheel and I would've expected additional under floor boot space which is not the case. There are also fewer nooks and crannies in the interior such as no drawers under the seats as in the VW and no cover on the cup holders. The Harman Kardon stereo system is excellent although there are often occasions when my iPod fails to be recognised which is rectified by unplugging and replugging it, just a minor nuisance. The Sat/Nav is very good although there are occasions when you have to play around with the controls to get post code entry etc. The voice activation is slightly erratic too but once sorted the voice directions are quite clear although I haven't quite sorted out the best visual aspect. The warning to get ready for a turn comes about half a mile from the actual turn (a bit early) but the instructions are clear and concise, particularly that at 200 yards from the turn. The BMW drives like a big car without the obvious parking problems. In all a very nice motor car although quite expensive if you want the premium extras. I have only done about 600 miles in it to date and the mileage per gallon so far is not as good as the Golf, maybe time and running in will improve matters. For info with my spec the car came out at around £33,000.