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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
13 reader reviews for BMW 1 Series Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 116i SE 5dr

    Alison Rudock , . Date: 07/10/2013
    • Overall 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
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Love my car - 59 plate with 54k on clock. BUT - am having to pay massive repair bill due to plastic guard on timing chain snapping, causing damage to three sensors. Dealer quote for repair in excess of £1250, independent £850. I feel very let down by this, not a cheap car and always thought BMW excellent 'brand'. Have had five or six cars bought new in the past (Vauxhall/Citroen/Hyundai), kept for about 4/5 yrs each and have never had to pay a repair bill like this! My husband has a Honda CRV, ten yrs old and 154k miles and has never had a repair bill!! Would be interested to hear from anyone else who has had this problem. Sorry I didn't take offered extended warranty out now!

  • 116d Sport 5dr

    Steve Krawczyk , Derbyshire . Date: 23/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      53

    My car

    Purchased my 116D sport in January of this year and have covered about 6000 miles. Moved down from an F25 X3 which failed to deliver on the promised economy figures. All in all I'm very satisfied with the performance and economy, overall mpg is around 53 but will do 70mpg on a gentle long run. Handling is good but the steering is very light and sensitive which takes a while to get used to. My car is standard spec which means non climate air con, a step down in spec from the previous sport model. Cabin space is adequate and at 6ft I can achieve a good driving position at the expense of rear leg room. I wouldn't recommend this as a family car, whilst cabin and boot space is better than the previous model it is still relatively small. There isn't a huge amount of storage in the cabin, the glove box is small and the centre console storage is shallow. The door bins are also small. The rear seats fold down to provide a relatively large and flat load area but not really big enough for the Ikea run. My partner has the 118d and quite frankly there is little to separate the two so if you are considering buying one of these go for the 116d which is cheaper to buy and to insure. The car feels well built with no rattles or squeaks though the run flat tyres give a firm but not uncomfortable ride. You WILL need winter tyres, hopeless in the snow but a set of winter wheels really do make the world of difference! In conclusion, a nice little car that I intend to keep for a few years.

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