Deal of the day: BMW 1 Series

Save Β£2908 on a BMW 118i SE

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The BMW 1 Series offers rear-wheel drive dynamics in the traditional hatchback package. It's packaged well with plenty of room inside, although minor practicality issues make the 1 Series less than perfect.

In spite of imperfections, the 1 Series is one of the most visited reviews, and the 118i SE spec on offer here is the pick of the bunch. A saving of Β£2908 on means options can be added without breaking the bank, too.

The car BMW 118i SE
The saving Β£2908
The discounted price Β£18,401
The online broker


The rear-wheel drive setup of the 1 Series provides a more dynamic drive over front-drive rivals, and the 1.5-litre engine is more punchy than it sounds, hence the 118i badge. As the entry-level petrol engine, it won’t cost much to run either.

The interior of the 1 Series is well-appointed, if a little cramped in places. The offset pedals contribute to this, and getting in might be a bit of a squeeze for some. Nevertheless once you’re in, there’s a fair amount of leg and headroom, even for taller drivers. Decent reliability provides some peace of mind too.

To top off the 1 Series’ talents, a decent ride complements the multi-talented engine, with only a slightly noisy suspension setup taking away from an otherwise peaceful cabin.


The small windows in the back of the 1 Series make the back feel less airy and spacious than it actually is. Couple this with the awkward entry into the rear seats, even in the five-door, and the rear of the 1 Series can be a less than comfortable place to be, despite being spacious once inside.

An awkward bootspace compounds the 1 Series’ weaknesses, and although the rear seats fold down to expand the load area, it’s neither wide nor deep enough to be as useful as rivals’ more cavernous boots.

Should I add any options?

It’s worth considering the optional electric glass sunroof to encourage some sunlight into the back, but at Β£895 it’s a costly extra if the rear seats aren’t in fairly regular use. Metallic paint is Β£550, and the Β£295 variable sport steering will liven up the disappointing standard rack for keener drivers.

What next?

The deal can be found on, simply select β€˜BMW’ and β€˜1 Series Hatchback’ from the drop-down menus, and the 118i SE 5dr from the following menu. A further Β£191 saving can be made if you select the above options through the broker, too.

By Jimi Beckwith