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For The only rear-drive hatch in the class scores with a strong combination of performance, economy and emissions. The BMW 1 Series handles well and rides comfortably, too.

Against The steering is too quick and too light, which can make the 1 Series feel nervous at speed. The pedals are offset and entry-level models don’t get Bluetooth.

BMW 1 Series Hatchback
44 5stars

The BMW 1 Series is one of the best small family cars you can buy because it’s hugely desirable, good to drive and surprisingly cheap to run.

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There are 73 BMW 1 Series versions available

Hatchback 114i ES 3dr £17,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 114i ES 5dr £18,305
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 114i SE 3dr £18,345
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 114i SE 5dr £18,875
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116i ES 3dr £19,325
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 114d ES 3dr £19,410 TBA
Hatchback 114i Sport 3dr £19,475
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 114i Urban 3dr £19,475
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116i ES 5dr £19,855
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116i SE 3dr £19,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 114d ES 5dr £19,940 TBA
Hatchback 114d SE 3dr £19,980 TBA
Hatchback 114i Sport 5dr £20,005
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 114i Urban 5dr £20,005
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d ES 3dr £20,260 TBA
Hatchback 116i SE 5dr £20,425
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 114d SE 5dr £20,510 TBA
Hatchback 116d ES 5dr £20,790 TBA
Hatchback 116d EfficientDynamics 3dr £20,830
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d SE 3dr £20,830 TBA
Hatchback 114d Sport 3dr £20,980 TBA
Hatchback 114d Urban 3dr £20,980 TBA
Hatchback 116i Sport 3dr £21,025
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116i Urban 3dr £21,025
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d EfficientDynamics 5dr £21,360
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d SE 5dr £21,360 TBA
Hatchback 114d Sport 5dr £21,510 TBA
Hatchback 114d Urban 5dr £21,510 TBA
Hatchback 116i Sport 5dr £21,555
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116i Urban 5dr £21,555
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d Sport 3dr £21,830 TBA
Hatchback 116d Urban 3dr £21,830 TBA
Hatchback 118i SE 3dr £21,945
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d SE 3dr £21,975
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d Sport 5dr £22,360 TBA
Hatchback 116d Urban 5dr £22,360 TBA
Hatchback 116i M Sport 3dr £22,470
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118i SE 5dr £22,475
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d SE 5dr £22,505
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d Eff Dynamics Business 5dr £22,760
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118i Sport 3dr £22,945
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118i Urban 3dr £22,945
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d Sport 3dr £22,975
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d Urban 3dr £22,975
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116i M Sport 5dr £23,000
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d M Sport 3dr £23,275 TBA
Hatchback 120d SE 3dr £23,425
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118i Sport 5dr £23,475
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118i Urban 5dr £23,475
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d Sport 5dr £23,505
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d Urban 5dr £23,505
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d M Sport 5dr £23,805 TBA
Hatchback 120d SE 5dr £23,955
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118i M Sport 3dr £24,390
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d M Sport 3dr £24,420
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d Sport 3dr £24,425
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d Urban 3dr £24,425
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118i M Sport 5dr £24,920
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d M Sport 5dr £24,950
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d Sport 5dr £24,955
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d Urban 5dr £24,955
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d xDrive SE 5dr £25,455
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d M Sport 3dr £25,870
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 125i M Sport 3dr £26,025
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d M Sport 5dr £26,400
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d xDrive Sport 5dr £26,455
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d xDrive Urban 5dr £26,455
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 125i M Sport 5dr £26,555
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 125d M Sport 3dr £27,765
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d xDrive M Sport 5dr £27,900
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 125d M Sport 5dr £28,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback M135i 3dr £30,845
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback M135i 5dr £31,375
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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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 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

BMW 1 Series Hatchback 120d Sport 3dr

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…

Gerald Taylor

5 out of 5 stars

BMW 1 Series Hatchback 116i SE 5dr

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…

Alison Rudock

4 out of 5 stars
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