For The M Sport bodykit gives the 1 Series Coupe a suitably edgy look and firmer suspension gives it handling to match. Standard kit is lavish, yet running costs are low
Against The ride is firm (unless you specify the regular suspension) and a couple of the cabin plastics are uncharacteristically hard and unappealing for a BMW. The price is high and residual values aren’t as strong as you might think
The cosmetic additions to M Sport models make it look the part while tweaked suspension sharpens the handling. In return, there's a higher price and harder ride, but running costs remain low
The BMW 1 Series Coupe's engine range is more limited than the convertible’s, but none are short on power. You need to work the 125i’s six-cylinder unit surprisingly hard, however.
For us, the 120d gives the best balance between power and economy, although the appeal of the twin-turbo 123d version is obvious. Entry-level ES trim supplies all the basics, but stepping up to SE adds the kind of luxuries that premium badge coupe buyers expect. M Sport adds a fetching bodykit, but it also features firmer suspension settings that make the ride less forgiving.
Running costs for the diesels are low, thanks partly to BMW’s clever Efficient Dynamics measures, which help towards stunning fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
Petrol versions are cleaner and more frugal than many rivals too, but by any standards the 135i seems unnecessarily pricey.
BMW offers three- or five-year fixed price servicing packages that can be transferred to future owners.
Bought my 118d coupe brand new from dealer in Aberdeen and managed to get about £1700 off the list price. Had it for 5 months and 6000 miles now so…
best car I have owned to date. The engine is amazing it's so smooth and insulated from all noises. Acceleration is so even across the rev range.…
I have had this car for a week now, and find no complaints whatsoever. Having traded from a Z4 2.0 Conv I was concerned I may find the excitement…
The 123d is an amazing machine. The steering is accurate and well weighted, whilst the car as a whole has a very nimble and agile feel. The…
This version of the 1 Series Coupe has something for the heart and head; it’s desirable and enjoyable to drive, but ownership costs are affordable and you get a decent standard of kit. Overall, it's our favourite version of the car