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For The 116i offers strong and smooth acceleration throughout the rev range. Sports suspension meakes the BMW's handling even sharper.

Against Company car drivers will be better off with a diesel version, while a VW Golf is cheaper, more practical and more refined. The ride is a little firmer than we'd like, too.

BMW 1 Series Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

A good choice of engine for private buyers, but we reckon most will be better off sticking with SE trim.

What Car? readers say

4
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Comfort
Electric steering adjust Not Available
Electric Sunroof £895
Manual sunroof Not Available
Air conditioning Not Available
Cruise control Pack Only
Electric mirrors Standard
Heated mirrors Standard
Electric windows front Standard
Electric windows rear Standard
Seat height adjustment Standard
Climate Control Standard
Power Steering Standard
Steering adjustment reach Standard
Steering adjustment rake Standard
Power Seats £650
Heated Seats £295
Panoramic sunroof Not Available
Electric Panoramic Sunroof Not Available
Power Folding Mirror £365
Engine & Transmission
Auto £1,550
CVT Not Available
Tiptronic Not Available
Particulate filter Not Available
Entertainment
Radio/Cassette Not Available
RDS Radio/Cassette Not Available
CD Standard
Multi CD Not Available
MP3/iPod Connection Standard
DVD Player Not Available
MP3 CD Player Standard
RDS CD Standard
Hard Drive Not Available
Exterior
Metallic paint £550
Alloy wheels Standard
Front Foglights Standard
Powered sliding doors Not Available
Interior
Hands Free Phone Kit Not Available
Satellite navigation £595
Leather Seats £800
Split/fold seats Standard
Bluetooth Standard
7 seat pack Not Available
Safety
Passenger airbag Standard
Side airbags Standard
ABS Standard
3 Point centre belt Standard
Driver's airbag Standard
Belt pretensioners Standard
Isofix Standard
Side Impact Bars Standard
Traction control Standard
Curtain Airbag Standard
Rear Parking Sensor £360
Electronic stability programme Standard
On/Off Passenger Airbag Standard
Driver's knee airbag Not Available
Reversing Camera £330
Rain Sensing Wipers £90
Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
Lane Departure Warning £390
Front Parking Sensor Pack Only
Passenger Knee Airbag Not Available
Security
Alarm Standard
Immobiliser Standard
Deadlocks Standard
Central locking Standard
Remote locking Standard
Unique fit stereo Standard
Marked Parts Standard
Etched Windows Not Available
Locking Wheel nuts Standard
Visible VIN Standard
Secure spare wheel Not Available
Satellite tracking £148
Laminated Glass Not Available
Options calculator Price
Electric Sunroof £895
Power Seats £650
Heated Seats £295
Power Folding Mirror £365
Auto £1,550
Metallic paint £550
Satellite navigation £595
Leather Seats £800
Rear Parking Sensor £360
Reversing Camera £330
Rain Sensing Wipers £90
Lane Departure Warning £390
Satellite tracking £148
Total Price: £23,000
Running costs
Town mpg
Out of town mpg
Average mpg 50.4
Tank capacity (litres) 50
CO2 Rating (g/km) 131
Carbon offset cost £19
Green rating
Insurance group 18
Typical insurance £562.00
% Value retained (3yrs/36000 miles) 46%
Typical contract hire £337.00
Pence per mile 51
Servicing costs - 3 years £1,055.00
Service intervals Variable
Warranty period 3yr/UL + 3yr Paint + 12yr Perforation + 3yr Breakdown
Three-year cost£17,841
Company car tax
Percentage charge 19
Benefit in kind £4,334.00
Tax payable 20% £867.00
Tax payable 40% £1,734.00

Performance and measurements

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 5
Number of seats 5
Engine (cc/type) 1600/4
Fuel type Unleaded
Max power (bhp/rpm) 134/4400
Pulling power (lb/ft) 162
Driven wheels Rear
Length (mm) 4324
Width (mm) 1765
Height (mm) 1421
Boot space (min ltr) 360
Boot space (max ltr) 1200
Kerb weight (kg) 1290
Manufacturers figures
0-60 mph (secs) 8.5
Max speed (mph) 130
Euro NCAP Test Scores
Adult protection Unavailable
Child protection Unavailable
Pedestrian protection Unavailable

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