BMW 1 Series 118d SE 5dr Step Auto Review

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In the ultra-competitive arena of the premium family car, the BMW 1 Series is the best of the lot. It delivers a fantastic blend of driver appeal and ride comfort, along with decent practicality, a top-notch interior and a brilliant infotainment system.

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Trim: SE

Entry-level SE covers the basics, and might make sense if budget is at the forefront of your mind, but it's pretty spartan. You get 16in alloy wheel, air con automatic lights/ wipers and cruise control, along with LED headlights and a good infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, sat-nav.

Engine: 118d

The 118d is expected to be the big seller and we can see why if you're a high-mileage driver. Okay, an A200d is quicker but not by much, and the 118d feels punchy and impressive in town or on motorways. And it's also quieter than an A200d, with a very silky stop-start system. It works better with the automatic gearbox than the 118i, too, and will do a real-world 50-plus MPG.

Key information

0-62 MPH8.4 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure


Urban: 56.5Motorway: 76.3
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating