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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Good to drive; prestige badge; reliable

Against Limited leg- and headroom; firm ride

Verdict The sharpest-driving car in the class, but far from roomy

Go for… 118d ES

Avoid… 130i M Sport

BMW 1 Series Hatchback
  • 1. Don't be too put off if the gearbox feels sticky when cold and difficult to get into reverse. It's normal
  • 2. If the alloy wheels are badly kerbed, the tracking will almost certainly be out
  • 3. Be wary of high mileage 130i versions in M Sport trim
  • 4. Run-Flat tyres give a bouncy ride
  • 5. Legroom in the rear is very poor - rear seat occupants will feel cramped
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