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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 5dr

    Julie Haigh , West Yorkshire . Date: 18/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My husband and I have been sharing an X5 4.8iS for the last six months but the lack of independence drove me mad and so we are now back to being a two-car family.

    My husband has ordered the 120d sport as he knows that performance and handling are foremost for me. I have test-driven the car, albeit in the rush hour, so I didn't get the utmost response from it - but it drove well and smoothly, which I was pleased about as it is a diesel.

    I am itching to have a really good drive as soon as I take delivery next week. I must admit that I was a little disappointed in the basic standard of the interior but I guess that is down to the fact that money is poured into the engine technology and handling.

    I just hope that it is not a bad egg as my last car, a 2003 BMW 3 Series, was dogged with engine problems from day one, and we had to call out an engineer on three separate occassions when the power suddenly died.

    Looks-wise I think it's great! Its contemporary styling certainly stands out from other coupes or hatchbacks on the road. I have gone for Sapphire metallic black and the black leather interior to optimise the sporty look.

    Rear space is not too much of an issue for me at the moment because my children are young. As long as they are safe in the car, that is more important! And you cannot fault BMW for safety.

    Overall, I'm looking forward to driving it and hope I love it as much as the fabulous grunting but fuel-guzzling monster that was the X5 4.8i S!

  • 120d SE 5dr

    Gavin Richardson Date: 03/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A sports hatch in every sense. The diesel engine is fantastic.

    I have only one criticism: putting the car into reverse gear is difficult and stiff.

  • 120d SE 5dr

    ashley stubbs Date: 11/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A nearly comfortable front cabin, with space to be expected in this size hatch, but what a rough ride.

    Given it has run flat tyres, you feel every bump in the road, which leads to headaches on long local journeys ie early and late traffic journeys.

    I must admit I don't always look forward to driving it as I did with my old 1999 3 Series. The suspension I feel needs lots more softening and maybe wider wheels for getting over speed bumps with ease, although I’m not talking at speed. But because of the short wheelbase you really feel the up and down incredibly hard when you mount one these in the road.

    This car is very good on smooth motorways, very responsive, and also very good going round corners. However, I’ve had this car for two months now and already want to go back to my old 3 Series.

  • 120d Sport 5dr

    Richard McIvor , Antrim . Date: 01/03/2005
    • 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

    My car

    BMW 1 Series handles exceptionally well on A & B roads.

    In Sport Spec - not a great car for Sunday Drivers. Suspension / Ride is firmer than most others in its class.

    Front sports seats can prove akward for some passengers - although very supportive. Its a car that needs to be driven, and drives particulary well when driven hard.

    The diesel engine offers plenty of performance throughout each of 6 gears, and in return can return a realastic 38mpg on average, or 43mpg on a longer journeys. Stated fuel economy figures can be obtained by driving very cautiously. (Then whats the point of buying the 120d) However having been a previous 3 Series driver - very disapointed in the quality of the 1 Series. Some quality glitches have meant that my car has been off the road for approaching 3 weeks - parts are on backorder!

    Thc car has received some critisism regarding space in the rear - then why buy it! Buy a cheaper larger mainstream family car.

    Boot is adequate - complete with split folding rear seats, however rear legroom is tight. I wouldnt rate 1Series as a practical main family car, perhaps as a second car - rather as its title suggests - a sports hatch. (Primarily designed for the driver and front passsenger).

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