For This entry-level BMW 1 Series 116i SE model offers strong and smooth acceleration throughout the rev range. SE trim has all the equipment most buyers will want, including air-con, Bluetooth and iDrive.
Against Company car drivers will be better off with a diesel version, while a VW Golf is cheaper, more practical and more refined.
The entry-level BMW 1 Series 116i SE is the pick for most private buyers. Especially in SE trim, which is the best compromise on price and equipment.
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.
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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.