BMW 1 Series 118d SE 5dr [Live Cockpit Professional] Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
diesel
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £28,195What Car? Target Price£26,772
Review

In the ultra-competitive arena of the premium family car, the BMW 1 Series is right up there, but not the best –that's the Audi A3. It delivers a good blend of driver appeal with decent ride comfort, along with fine practicality, but its main strengths are a top-notch interior and a brilliant infotainment system.

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Entry-level SE covers the basics, and makes sense if saving money is at the forefront of your mind. You get 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, automatic lights/ wipers and cruise control, along with LED headlights and a good infotainment system, which includes an 8.8in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto, Bluetooth and sat-nav.

The 118d is expected to be the big seller and we can see why if you're a high-mileage driver. It feels punchy and impressive in town or on motorways, and although the engine’s a bit grumbly it has a very silky stop-start system – smoother than the 118i’s. The A200d has a better spread of shove throughout its rev-range, though. This 118d works better with the automatic gearbox than the 118i, too, and will do around 50 MPG in the real world if driven carefully.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.5 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

61.4

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

380

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

121

g/km

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