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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 Sport 5dr

    Gary Shamsi , London . Date: 18/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My 120D was purchased for the main 50-50 weight distribution and rear-wheel drive, which most other small hatchbacks do not offer. This car drives great!

    I am pleased with my new ownership of this wonderful driver's car.

    Having reviewed the factory options, I got carried away and specced up this car to £31K! I strongly recommend the 'comfort access' option which you can enter and start the vehicle without the need of inserting the ignition key into the awkward hole on the dashboard.

    The i-Drive is included for the sat-nav, this is a real pain and distraction to use. The front/rear parking sensor full colour display unit is impressive.

    Minor faults are: single tone, on twin-tone horn, hatchback lid dropping down FAST, Bluetooth phoneconnection is not reliable.

    Previously I owned a Porsche Cayenne, which was a terrible car, I kept it for under a month! The 1 series is a wonderful car. However, I am concerned with residual values as most dealerships do not have a waiting list, and can deliver quite soon.

  • 120d SE 5dr

    david drew Date: 09/01/2005
    • 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

    My car

    I find your veiws strange, take a look at the car, bold, modern, very safe and the quickest diesel in the class by a mile.

    I paid £24,000 for a high spec model with sat nav etc and I think it's worth every penny. The Golf is so soft in the styling and the Ford is just too slow. When will the public and you lot open your minds to a new style instead of follow my leader and knock the badge because it dares to be different?

    A few Quick facts. £500 service costs for 5 years (£100 per year to you) Cheap car tax (£135.00) 60 mpg 0-60 in 7.7sec

  • 120d Sport 5dr

    William Teh , MIDDSX . Date: 08/01/2005
    • Overall 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

    My car

    I last owned a 130bhp MkIV Gold TDI, which was a blisteringly fast car with a turbo kick.

    Inspite of having 163bhp, it is surprisingly more sedate but is still a good performer. Fuel consumption is very disappointing with 35.5mpg in town compared to 40mpg with the Golf.

    Nevertheless, it is a very enjoyable car with excellent handling and a stylish cabin. Unlike other reports, I do not find the ride at all harsh or unsettling.

    It's not very practical, though, with a tiny boot and very little room in the rear cabin. No regrets.

  • 120i 5dr

    Anna Spink , Lancashire . Date: 29/12/2004
    • 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

    Lovely looking car - mine is black and a real head-turner as there are still very few on the road.

    I love the torque and speed on this car and feel good driving it. I would, however, imagine that BMW will make a few minor changes to the spec once they get some feedback.

    For example, the key slot and the start/stop button are on the left of the steering wheel - awkward to get used to when all keys are usually inserted on the right by mainly right handed people as we are in the UK.

    The ride is a little hard and bumpy but not so much as to put you off.

    I also naively assumed my 120i would come standard with a cup-holder! I was wrong. I think that the £30 that BMW charge for this as an extra is a little petty and for those people like me, who like their coffee in the morning, this is an essential item.

    Overall though, lovely looking and a great ride. I would recommend it - but obviously not to everyone as then they would be too common...

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