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.
  • 130i M Sport 5dr

    ross taylor , grampian . Date: 29/12/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    Firstly, OH MY GOD!!! horrifically quick!!!! I took ownership of this car a week ago and have done nothing but smile ever since. I've been looking for a quick hatchback for a while and even though there are cheaper hot hacthes on the market i didn't want to settle for a ford or a renault. 2 years ago this car cost £30,000, I paid £14,000!! on a 56 plate with 16,000 miles on it!! bargin I think. What amazes me is that no matter what gear your in it pulls away like a train.

  • 118d SE Dynamic 5dr

    Jeremy Hardwick-Green , England . Date: 24/11/2008
    • 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
      50

    My car

    After 1 year with our 118d SE thought it was time to give a longer term review. After over a year of ownership the cae has never missed a beat. The quality of the latest facelift model is beyond reproach yes some harder plastics but they don't rattle or squeak. MPG has improved and on a trip to France with a mixture of driving managed 54mpg Motorway driving can see 60+Mpg. The ride though firm is still compliant, easily fit a pram and all the stuff that goes with a baby into the car along with another child. Engine is flexiable and spirited and the handling is top of the class for a hatchback.

    Looks are subjective but next to a Golf which looks bloated the 1 Series looks Athletic. My only quibble would be the high 5th and 6th Gear which does blunt performance and means a need to drop down a gear to overtake at times helps economy though. Engine is the most rev willing diesel I have ever driven is almost petrol like and silky smooth. Would seriously look at another 1 Series and if they improve the ride further and add some extra space in the rear BMW will head to top of the class!!!

  • 118d SE 5dr

    Mike Greenway , Leicestershire . Date: 15/11/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      58

    My car

    Got this company car in September 2008 and it's just brilliant! Sopers of Lincoln couldn't be more helpful and it arrived in the back of a lorry dead on time on the day agreed. Car runs fantastic, bit of a hard suspension compared to previous car (VW Passat) but not a problem. Economy is amazing and has averaged 60mpg a couple of times, never below 50 even with my congested A14 commute each day. Unbelievable from a 140bhp 2.0 turbo diesel. The tax liability is making my fellow company car drivers jealous; especially those who went for the A3! Cabin room a bit tight but not a problem. Thinking of buying one? Get one!

  • 118d SE Dynamic 3dr

    John Crawley , Kent . Date: 05/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    This car is a fantastic drive for such a low emission vehicle. The car pulls very well & overtakes smoothly on all roads. Kit is excellent & it feels so good.

    The boot is better than you rate as I had two adults & two young children (with car seats) comfortably in the car & a whole week's shopping in the boot with a pushchair with space too spare!

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