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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.
  • 130i M Sport 3dr

    Matthew Craythorne Date: 09/08/2008
    • 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
      29.7

    My car

    I have had this 07 car for about six months now and generally love it. I always look forward to getting behind the wheel as it is so much fun to drive. Most people comment on how comfortable it is on a long trip. Motorway driving is great - country road (or BMW road), driving is even better - you won't want to stop! My only gripe would be build quality in the cabin - it rattles a bit despite the attention of the BMW dealers; I don't find this a major problem though. Oh, and then there are the dealers - you may have to travel to find a good one (who don't think you're made of money!) I get a combined figure of 29.7mpg which I think is very good for a three litre engine that flies! Servicing intervals are impressive and costs are probably no more than average.

  • 123d M Sport 5dr

    Neil McCawley Date: 08/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    I picked up my 4 month old 123d Sport 2 weeks ago, and what a car, having owned a 120d Sport for 2.5 years, the performance difference is outstanding and the roadholding and handling have improved over that time. Better still the ecnonomy is amazing, i'm now getting another 6-7 mpg to and from work, and the stop/start is a real benefit on my drive home as I pass though 6 or 7 sets of lights.

  • 118d SE 5dr

    stephen wilkins , cornwall . Date: 02/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48.7

    My car

    I took delivery on Friday 13th June, however, I have very little to complain about other than the paint work. Now this could just be badluck, but in 2500 miles, I have a number of paint chips on the bonnet and wheel arches. Any way, this is a great car! I have been driving for 22 years and this has to be the best drivers car I have had.

    I chose the Business radio/CD, HI-FI speaker system, Cruise control, V spoke alloys (no cost option), Titanium light trim and Network cloth trim as extras and can recommend the speaker upgrade, which I have found great for all types of music.

    The auto stop start is a good feature, but I'm not sure if it adds much to the fuel economy, and you do get some strange looks from others when the engine cuts out at the lights, only to see you race of when they change, I like that a lot!!

    I don't seem to be getting near to the qouted MPG, but the figs given hear are since I took delivery and I tend to have a heavy right foot.

    Overall, I test drove Golfs, Civics and ans Auris, before picking the 118D and can not recommend it enough as a great all round package, yes it may be a bit more expensive and in my opinion the quality of the interior and the finish are better than the other cars I tested for every day living and driving and when you look at the competition in my view it's a no brainer, even taking into consideration my paint chips.

  • 120d M Sport 3dr

    Chris Gibson , Lancashire . Date: 16/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    Having had the car for a week now I must say how happy I am. I traded in my Rav4 T180 because of stupidly high petrol costs (42mpg advertised = complete rubbish, I got 32mpg at best and 9.2secs 0-60 felt like minutes!) for something more economical but that also had a similar performance to my MKV Golf GTI. After much research there was really only one choice, BMW 120D - but having just had our first child, was the difference in size going to matter? Anyway, I ignored the missus and got the BMW anyway!

    The positives, the performance is excellent, it drives superbly, as a rear wheel drive should and holds the road well. The engine is brilliant - can't really tell it's a diesel from inside as it's so quiet and it accelerates as well as my GTI did! And I still get high 40's mpg! Everything closes with a reassuring thud and it feels like a well built car. The updated interior is a nice place to be and the Aux/Power ports under the arm rest are excellent and my ipod stays hidden in the glovebox!

    There are only a few negatives - yes, it's not as big as my Rav but it's perfectly decent at transporting the 3 of us and a load of baby stuff! And I suppose it could come with a few more toys as standard! But apart from that, probably the best car I've had in the last 10 years and there have been 12 to choose from!

    Anyone after decent performance but without the fuel/tax/insurance bill should seriously consider one of these!

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