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BMW 1 Series 118i SE 5dr Step Auto Review

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Review

Among today's premium family cars, the 1 Series is great if you're looking for entertaining handling blended with reasonable ride quality; and, speaking of quality, a great interior. The infotainment system is also one of the best, but its good, rather than great safety rating, iffy BMW reliability and a smallish boot are its weaker aspects.

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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: 118i

This 1.5-litre, three-cylinder with 138bhp is enough to get you from 0-62mph in 8.5sec. That's plenty, because it's also keen to rev and flexible enough from around 1500rpm. It's pretty quiet, too, although the stop-start system isn't very smooth and the automatic gearbox is a bit jerky in traffic, so the manual is best.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.5 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

56.5

Urban: 44.1Motorway: 67.3
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

380

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

114

g/km