BMW 1 Series 118d SE 5dr Step Auto Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
diesel
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
Available colours:
BMW 1 Series 118i front
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  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD rear seats
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD infotainment
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD left panning
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  • BMW 1 Series 118i front
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 rear tracking
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 LHD dashboard
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD rear seats
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD infotainment
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD left panning
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD studio front right
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD studio rear left
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 studio, left side, boot open
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD steering wheel detail
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD front seats
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 LHD instrument cluster detail
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD boot open
RRP £28,815What Car? Target Price£26,666
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 MPH8.4 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

57.6

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

380

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

129

g/km

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