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.

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 36 BMW 1 Series versions available

Hatchback 118i SE 3dr £20,245
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118i SE 5dr £20,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d SE 3dr £21,180 TBA
Hatchback 118i Sport 3dr £21,245
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d SE 5dr £21,710 TBA
Hatchback 118i Sport 5dr £21,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d ED Plus 3dr £22,030 TBA
Hatchback 116d Sport 3dr £22,180 TBA
Hatchback 118d SE 3dr £22,325
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d ED Plus 5dr £22,560 TBA
Hatchback 116d Sport 5dr £22,710 TBA
Hatchback 118d SE 5dr £22,855
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118i M Sport 3dr £23,075
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120i Sport 3dr £23,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d Sport 3dr £23,325
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118i M Sport 5dr £23,605
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120i Sport 5dr £23,825
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d Sport 5dr £23,855
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 116d M Sport 3dr £23,880 TBA
Hatchback 116d M Sport 5dr £24,410 TBA
Hatchback 120d Sport 3dr £24,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120i M Sport 3dr £24,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d M Sport 3dr £25,025
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d Sport 5dr £25,305
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120i M Sport 5dr £25,525
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 118d M Sport 5dr £25,555
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 125i M Sport 3dr £26,375
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d M Sport 3dr £26,475
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 125i M Sport 5dr £26,905
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d M Sport 5dr £27,005
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d xDrive Sport 5dr £28,355
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 125d M Sport 3dr £29,800
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 120d xDrive M Sport 5dr £30,055
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 125d M Sport 5dr £30,330
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback M135i 3dr £31,200
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback M135i 5dr £31,730
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

BMW 1 Series Hatchback 125d M Sport 5dr

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…

Andrew Loffman

1 out of 5 stars

BMW 1 Series Hatchback 116i Sport 5dr

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…

Hasan Altaf

4 out of 5 stars

BMW 1 Series Hatchback 116i ES 5dr

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…

keith baldwin

4 out of 5 stars

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
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