For This mid-range BMW 1 Series 118d SE offers flexible performance and low CO2 emissions. SE trim has all the equipment most buyers will want, including air-con, Bluetooth and iDrive.

Against Most private buyers will be better off with a petrol model, while a VW Golf is cheaper, more practical and more refined.

BMW 1 Series Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

The BMW 1 Series 118d SE is a great choice of 1 Series for company car drivers and those who do high mileage, thanks to its impressive efficiency and flexible performance. Especially in SE trim, which is the best compromise on price and equipment.

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8.9 secs
Top speed
132 mph
Average mpg
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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:

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I bought my 1 series over 8 months ago from my local BMW dealer as a used car on a 2013 '62' plate. From the moment I drove it, I fell in love with…

Hasan Altaf

4 out of 5 stars

BMW 1 Series Hatchback 116i ES 5dr

I have new 14 plate 1 series 120d Xdrive M Sport. Its a great car and the intelligent 4WD is superb, switching drive from F40,R60 at normal driving to…

keith baldwin

4 out of 5 stars

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
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