For The engine pulls strongly throughout the rev range and gives excellent performance; the car also rides well for something so quick.

Against It’s one of the most expensive 1 Series models to buy, and the engine doesn’t sound very exciting when it’s revved hard.

BMW 1 Series Hatchback

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4 out of 5 stars

Easy to drive and extremely fast, the BMW 125i M Sport is a very attractive package that could tempt buyers away from a VW Golf GTI.

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6.4 secs
Top speed
152 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:

BMW 1 Series Hatchback 116i Sport 5dr

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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