Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW teleservices
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Connected eDrive Services
  • Eco pro mode
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • On board computer
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile
  • Pull away assistant
  • Speed limiter

Entertainment

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Chrome 'M' logo side designation
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipe in single, round (Exhaust tailpipe, stainless steel - single, round)
  • Chrome kidney grille frame with Satin Aluminium struts
  • Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
  • Electric folding and anti dazzle exterior mirrors
  • Fading support
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
  • Front door sill finishers in black plastic with BMW designation
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Headlight beam throw control
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • High level third brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED headlights
  • Matt balck air guide grilles
  • Matt balck roof moulding, B pillar finisher and wheel arch trim
  • Matt balck window frame
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • 3 Spoke M sports leather steering wheel
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Anthracite Velour floor mats
  • Bag hook in luggage compartment
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Conditioned Based Service
  • Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating
  • Driver side folding compartment in instrument panel
  • Folding rear clothes hook
  • Folding rear seats
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Front Armrest foldable with integrated storage compartment
  • Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
  • Glove compartment
  • Height adjustable front head restraints
  • Manual adjust steering wheel
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Rear seat backrest with manual 60:40 split folding with 3 top tether clips integrated on rear of seat panels
  • Steering wheel paddles
  • Storage compartment in centre console
  • Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
  • Two extra lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Two zone automatic air conditioning
  • Welcome lighting

Packs

  • Extended lighting pack - 1 Series
  • Extended storage pack - 1 Series
  • Interior lights pack - 1 Series
  • Luggage compartment pack - 1 Series
  • M Sport aerodynamics pack - 1 Series

Safety

  • 2 tone horn
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
  • Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Brake drying
  • Braking readiness
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electrically operated hand brake
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side impact protection
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Automatic drive away locking facility
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Deadlocking function system to all doors
  • Incorrect fuel protection system
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control with integrated key with High-gloss Black inlay and M designation
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm with remote control and immobiliser

Technical

  • Anti roll bar front and rear
  • Balancer shaft
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Drive Performance Control
  • Electronic differential lock
  • Larger fuel tank capacity (50 litres)
  • Lightweight engineering

Trim

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel

Wheels

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

117

HC

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1995

Compression Ratio

16.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

84

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

90

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

8 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

62.8

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

68.9

EC Urban (mpg)

55.4

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

190

Based On ID

Coin Description

d xDrive

Coin Series

M Sport

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

6

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

24

Service Interval Mileage

18000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

7

Engine Power - BHP

190

Engine Power - KW

140

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

295

Engine Torque - MKG

40.8

Engine Torque - NM

400

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

143

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/40 R18

Tyre Size Rear

225/40 R18

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 819M

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1434

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4319

Wheelbase

2670

Width

1799

Width (including mirrors)

2081

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

2065

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1200

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

380

Max. Loading Weight

550

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1500

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1515

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.4

On The Road

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Entertainment

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Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

Slowly but surely, BMW are excising each and every flaw in the 1 Series' makeup. When the car was originally launched in first generation form, it had plenty of flaws. It wasn't good looking, interior packaging was awful, the cabin quality wasn't all that it could have been and it wasn't actually that exciting to drive. The second generation model corrected many of these faults and this improved version finesses the package still further. While it's still not the most elegant looking hatch on the market, it's no longer conspicuously weird-looking. You could even call the latest car handsome, which would be a first for a 1 Series hatch. Where this generation scores is in building in so much value for the customer. The cabin looks and feels so much more aligned to more expensive BMW models and the engine range delivers so much more choice. One thing that hasn't changed is that the Munich maker continues to offer a balance between performance and economy that almost seems to defy the basic laws of thermodynamics. Expect this one to sell in serious numbers.

Background

Having updated the look of the second generation version of their 1 Series model in 2015, BMW has more recently introduced changes to the interior and properly updated the engine range you get beneath its bonnet. We think the powerplant updates to be most significant. First, there were three cylinder 1.5-litre entry-level units for the respective petrol and diesel line-ups. Then we got a pokier 2.0-litre unit for 118i and 120i variants. Finally, the top M140i hot hatch has been blessed with a pokier straight six 340bhp 3.0-litre powerplant. The engineers have certainly been busy. Otherwise, the recipe is much as it was before, designed to suit customers looking for a Focus-sized family hatch with a little more prestige and class. BMW had to make these moves following recent upgrades to this model's two closest rivals, Audi's A3 and the Mercedes A-Class. What's different here though is the rear wheel drive configuration. That's still uniquely BMW.

Driving Experience

We've touched on what's changed beneath the bonnet but here, we'll investigate that in more detail. There's a fresh 'Baukasten' 2.0-litre four cylinder Twin Scroll turbocharged engine for the 120i and the 125i variants, respctively developing either 184 or 224bhp, a useful improvement on what was offered by the 1.6 and 2.0-litres units offered in these variants before. Meanwhile, at the top of the line-up, the sporting M140i hot hatch gets a new 3.0-litre straight six developing 340bhp and 500Nm of torque, enough to send this car to 62mph in just 4.6s if you specify the paddleshift auto gearbox. You may not have come across the three cylinder 1.5-litre entry-level engines ether, the 136bhp unit used in the 118i petrol model and the 116bhp powerplant used in the 116d diesel. Even the 2.0-litre diesel used in the mid-range diesel variants that most customers want has been tweaked in recent tmes. It develops 150bhp in the 118d, 190bhp in the 120d and 224bhp in the 125d, the latter variant benefitting from multi-stage turbocharging. The majority of 1 Series models get a regulation six-speed manual gearbox, but the all-wheel drive 120d xDrive variant features as standard the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The eight-speed Sport Automatic 'box is available as an option for the 125i, 120d, 120d xDrive and M140i models. This transmission is standard on the BMW 125d. It features faster gearchanges, shift paddles on the steering wheel and a Launch Control function.

Design and Build

BMW hasn't introduced any more exterior styling tweaks to this 1 Series model since its facelift update in 2015 but it has made further changes inside. The popular 'Sport' and 'M Sport' variants get a re-designed stitched dashboard. Plus pearl chrome accents around the cabin and steering wheel stalks from BMW's executive 5 and 7 Series models give the interior more of an up-market feel. As for passenger space, well, one consequence of running a transmission tunnel through any compact hatch will be rather compromised rear seat accommodation. That hasn't really changed too much. The 1 Series is still a bit more cramped in the back than something like a Golf. Nevertheless, the cabin is a good deal better looking than most rivals and the package of facelift changes back in 2015 brought us a revision to the dashboard minor controls. Both the air vents and the controls for the radio and the automatic air conditioning feature chrome surrounds, while the radio and automatic air conditioning keypads are set against smart high-gloss black panelling. There's also a standard freestanding, 6.5-inch Control Display. Choose the optional new generation Professional Navigation system and a bigger 8.8-inch display is fitted. All 1 Series models are optionally available with a 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest: folding one or more of the sections allows boot capacity to be increased in stages from 360 to 1,200-litres. Full LED headlamps with low and main beam are on the options list, with Adaptive LED headlamps a further option. These follow the path of the road ahead, and also adapt their beam according to the type of road and conditions at any given moment. At the rear, smart tail lamps with a familiar BMW 'L' shape design also use LED tech.

Market and Model

Prices open at just over £21,000 and there's a premium of around £500 if you want the five-door rather than the three-door bodystyle. The top M140i flagship is priced from just over £32,500. The 1 Series range is offered in three mainstream trims - SE, Sport and M Sport. The SE nets you remote control central locking, keyless engine ignition, electric window controls, electrically heated exterior mirrors and the Driving Experience Control switch. Also included is automatic air conditioning, a multi-function leather steering wheel adjustable for height and reach, a rain sensor including automatic driving lights control and a front passenger airbag that can be deactivated. A CD and DAB stereo with six speakers and an AUX-In socket, plus Bluetooth audio streaming functionality are other standard equipment features, along with the iDrive operating system and the recently upgraded BMW Navigation system. The 16-inch alloy wheels look a bit puny, but then there's always the options list. Or indeed, the Sport model for another £1,000 more. This gets 17-inch rims, ambient lighting, black high-gloss interior trim, Sport exterior styling elements, Sport steering wheel and Sports seats. For an additional £2,700 above SE specification, M Sport trim comes as standard with 18-inch M Sport alloy wheels, aluminium hexagon interior trim, M Aerodynamic body styling, M Sport suspension, Sport seats, Alcantara upholstery and an M Sport leather steering wheel. The M135i model features uprated steering, suspension, gearbox and wheels/tyres combination. May owners will be tempted by an optional 360-watt Harman Kardon stereo, complete with 12 speakers and a digital amplifier.

Cost of Ownership

No car manufacturer has made quite such impressive progress as BMW in the field of improving efficiency. As well as Brake Energy Regeneration, electric power steering, the optimum gearshift indicator and the auto Start Stop function, standard equipment for the improved BMW 1 Series model range also includes ECO PRO mode, which can be activated using the included Driving Experience Control switch. On some cars specified with an automatic transmission, ECO PRO mode now also offers a coasting function. In addition, vehicles with the Professional Navigation system come with a Proactive Driving Assistant function, which tells the driver when to lift off the throttle ahead of corners, turn-offs, roundabouts and speed limits. What's the net effect of all this eco geekery? Well, it's actually rather impressive. You'd expect a 116d ED Plus model to net some decent figures and that doesn't disappoint with 83.1mpg and 89g/km. Even the rapid 120i can nudge 50mpg, while the all-wheel drive 120d manages 62.8mpg. At the top of the range, the ballistic M140i can get over 36mpg and emits 179g/km in manual guise.