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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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BMW 1 Series (11-) Hatchback
15 reader reviews for BMW 1 Series Hatchback.
  • 116i ES 5dr

    keith baldwin , monmouthshire . Date: 13/07/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    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 100% to either F or R. Minis on bends look out. Slight oversteer on a fast bend but easily controllable. The engine is 181BHP & the 6 speed close ratio man G/B is slick once you get used to it. It the wet it powers through puddles without any slipping. The interior is fine with the normal 1 knob menu selector near the left hand. The exterior M Sport body in Estorial Blue stands out and the 18" M Sport alloys look good. Bluetooth, climate control, rear sensors & cruise control are standard.

    I love it. Criticisms : pedals are offset so driving position slightly angled. 2L Turbo diesel engine is a bit noisy at high speeds & wind noise from rear corners is noticeable at 70mph. The mpg average for me with mixed driving is only 42mph, a lot lower than stated.

    Overall a great car & I can recommend the Xdrive, especially like me if you live up country lanes. Ice & snow are a doddle & I have even driven across a muddy field with confidence.

  • 118i M Sport 5dr

    Richard Cole , Hampshire . Date: 21/04/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    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 worst thing, had to think hard but I reckon the rear hatch closing mechanism is a design fault, it needs a self closing set up. If you park on an incline the mechanism only just catches, later you find that the rear wash wipe isn't working and there's no sign of a problem on the dash. Kuga style rear hatch opening would make the car more user friendly too.

  • 116i ES 5dr

    Richard Broughton , Suffolk . Date: 04/12/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    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 want a car with 'options' such as this or heated seats or parking sensors buy a Seat Leon or Audi A3. And don't believe the slogan, 'you didn't compromise when you chose it' You did but they didn't tell you. They also make sure you don't get to see the car before you've paid for it.It has 'connected drive' but all they could tell me was that you have a number to ring but who answered and what they could tell you wasn't known!! A few days after you take delivery they send you an expensive looking box with a glossy brochure about 'MyBMW.com' It's another smoke and mirrors feature which is totally worthless. In short, but something else. I wish I had!

  • 120d Sport 3dr

    Gerald Taylor , Devon . Date: 24/11/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    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 to drive, has the most character and makes you smile the most. A Golf is about as exciting as a well made dishwasher. An Audi A3 is actually made from reconstituted lard. The 1 series however is designed by a human that loves a sharp knife and marmite. This is not only the one rear-wheel drive car in its class, which makes it the best to drive, but also the only one that comes in orange. You may be able to squeeze in a six-pack more of loo roll into the boot of the Golf, and the Audi may cure insomnia, but the 120d Sport is the one that will actually make you smile.

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