For The only rear-wheel-drive hatch in the class scores with a strong combination of performance, economy and CO2 emissions. It handles well and rides comfortably, too.
Against Overly quick and light steering can make the 1 Series feel slightly nervous at speed. The pedals are offset to the right, so getting comfortable behind the wheel can be tricky.
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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 36 BMW 1 Series versions available
Target Price team says:
Every engine in the BMW 1 Series offers 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 low CO2 emissions of the 118d mean it has cheap Benefit in Kind (BIK) tax rates, but the star of the show for low running costs is the 116d Efficient Dynamics model. If you’re a private buyer who doesn’t do a silly amount of miles a year, then the lower list price of the 118i makes it the sensible choice.
Entry-level SE models come with climate control and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system – but not sat-nav, which is an option on all versions. M Sport trim makes the 1 Series look and feel a bit sportier, but it’s pretty expensive.
Reader test team says:
Ive now had the 125d manual for 6 weeks. Have to say its a bit of a disappointment, acceleration is very poor (even taken it back to bmw and they say…
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…
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…
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…