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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
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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150 reader reviews for BMW 1 Series Hatchback.
  • 120d SE 5dr

    Ian Snelling , Pembs. . Date: 08/04/2011
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    So sorry I bought this car a few months ago, I bought a 2 year old car assuming I'd get quality and reliability - I've got neither and BMW Head Offices complaints department just refuse to discuss anything - see your dealer. Unfortunately its the dealer that I have some of the issues with - and when the salesmen laughs and walks away what can you do If you really don't want to shout and scream. Don't get me wrong - driving it is pure pleasure, the ride as its the SE isn't bad although it would improve If I ever went over to "normal" tyres, the roadholding and the handling are pretty decent - I've bought wheels for next winter but am thinking of getting rid of it already. I'm in the dealers almost every week with small issues, rear mirror doesn't dip is on its own nothing BUT when you need two new air bags and you car fails to start as the electronic steering lock doesn't disengage is not a good sign ( ofcourse the starting has resolved itself so far but doesn't show up any error messages BUT I'm dreading when the warranty runs out and I'll either have to stump up thousands for the well known steering column issue or engage a solicitor) I previously had a Honda CRV and only ever saw the dealer once a year, the seating area was small, the tv tiny and the coffee was instant and in a plastic cup but thats OK, they were friendly, gthey were helpful- BMW have big flat screen TVs, real coffee in china cups BUT you'll not get a replacement car as its acceptable to wait 4hrs

  • 118d M Sport 5dr

    Keith Jackson , Derbyshire . Date: 08/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    I purchased this car to enjoy low running cost and engineering quality. The engine and chassis are excellent, if a little dull for a rear wheel drive car, and the interior has a sense of quality. However, living with the car is not a joy. Fuel economy is poor (38mpg around town, 43mpg on long runs) and the interior is very cramped. So many elements are just badly designed, visability is poor at junctions, the aircon leaves the car freezing and stuffy, the "professional" CD system is only single disk with nowhere to keep other disks, the bluetooth handsfree does not load the address book, it's hard for people to get in and out of the back...and the NCAP for pedestrians is very low. Clearly this is BMW's first attempt at a small hatch...must try harder. The final insult is the £24k price tag, you can get a much better car, with a lesser badge for half that. I'm hoping to change it under the lease scheme, for a Focus.

  • 118d M Sport 5dr

    Pavenpal Bhullar , Cheshire . Date: 07/02/2009
    • 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
      48

    My car

    I bought my 118d M Sport 07 reg for a steal (£11,500 with 38K on the clock). I must say this is a fantastic car, i previously owned a 51 reg 3 series saloon. The ride is defintely sporty with the sports suspension and mean M style alloy rims. If you want to drive a sofa don't get this car! However, if you want something which is compact, well equipped and has great handling and does over 50mpg, i would recommend this, i would also recommend the m sport trim if you have the choice.

  • 120d 5dr

    kevin sparrow Date: 30/01/2009
    • 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
      48.7

    My car

    I do a lot of miles in the 5dr 120d, and I can assure any potential buyer that it is an excellent car to drive- in performance, handling and comfort. I guess we would like to own an Aston, but for the average person, I could'nt reccomend it any more- even the delivery guy said how great it was to drive. The 6 gears is great for the Mway, and its small enough for parking. The boot is also like the tardis - and it shifts very well, and the back seats come right down to. I went for the metalic silver, as my opinion its not the right type of BM to get in black.

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