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For The BMW 1 Series 116d EfficientDynamics is the most economical 1 Series available, and the engine isn’t as clattery as those in some of its eco-focused rivals. It still gives decent pace, too.

Against Lowering the 116d ED’s suspension for fuel-saving reasons also has a slight impact on the 1 Series’ ride. Some rivals are more practical and cheaper to buy in the first place, too.

BMW 1 Series Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

The BMW 116d Efficient Dynamics is definitely the 1 Series to go for if you’re picking a company car, because it brings significant tax savings.

What Car? readers say

4


Key facts

0–60mph
10.5 secs
Top speed
121 mph
Average mpg
74.3
Tank range
miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

All of the engines we’ve driven in the BMW 1 Series so far are impressive, with a good blend of performance and efficiency.

Which one you should choose depends largely on whether you’re a private buyer or a company car driver. The sub-120g/km CO2 emissions of the 118d qualify it for low Benefit in Kind (BIK) tax rates, but the star of the show for low running costs is the 99g/km 116d Efficient Dynamics model. Meanwhile, the lower list price of the 116i makes it the sensible choice for private buyers who don’t do a silly amount of miles.

Entry-level ES trim is probably best avoided, but SE models come with Bluetooth and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system – but not sat-nav, which is a pricey option on all models. M Sport trims make the 1 Series look and feel a bit sportier. We wouldn’t bother with Sport and Urban models because they’re a bit too expensive.

Reader test team says:

BMW 1 Series Hatchback 118i M Sport 5dr

Had my 118i for 8 months and still gets me up and out for a drive! The best thing is when the car is in sports mode and a country lane beckons. The…

Richard Cole

4 out of 5 stars

BMW 1 Series Hatchback 116i ES 5dr

I made the mistake of thinking that if you spend £25K on a new BMW it might be fitted with such basic equipment as satellite navigation. Wrong! If you…

Richard Broughton

1 out of 5 stars

BMW 1 Series Hatchback 120d Sport 3dr

It is hard to choose a new car as there are so many brilliant ones to choose from. So all things being equal you may as well buy the one that is best…

Gerald Taylor

5 out of 5 stars

BMW 1 Series Hatchback 116i SE 5dr

Love my car - 59 plate with 54k on clock. BUT - am having to pay massive repair bill due to plastic guard on timing chain snapping, causing damage…

Alison Rudock

4 out of 5 stars
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