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
16 reader reviews for BMW 1 Series Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 116i M Sport 5dr

    Colin Smith , Essex . Date: 14/08/2013
    • 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
      44

    My car

    I took my 3 series tourer into BMW for a service and whilst waiting for the car, fell in love with a new 1 series M Sport in Estoril Blue on display. Go find one and see what I mean - it is gorgeous. My wife and two teenage girls believe a car is a car but they all equally raved about this one.

    BMW has lost its way in the styling department in previous times to the benefit of Audi with some quite spectacular designs. But BMW is fighting back and let's be honest, we all talk about mpg, ride, handling performance etc but at the end of the day these can be excuses for the real reasons for buying a car.

    This particular 1 series is beautiful in and out - the interior dimensions are identical to the Audi A3 Sportback and Golf although the press would have you believe otherwise. I wonder if VW brought out a 3 wheel Golf with upstairs accommodation it would still be voted car of the year by the press.

    The M Sport petrol car is more refined than my previous 3 series and the interior space is comparable. At just the wrong side of 50 and buying cars for 33 years I feel invigorated at the thrill of driving this car. The acceleration is impressive and the 8 speed auto is seamless.

    Performance and fuel consumption figures are largely similar and fabricated by all manufacturers, so why use them to justify the reasons for buying a car. If you feel good driving it, buy it.

    My experience with BMW service and after-care has also top notch whereas VW has been quite different!

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