BMW 1 Series 118i M Sport 5dr Step Auto [Tech Pack 1] Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
Available colours:
BMW 1 Series 118i front
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  • 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
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  • BMW 1 Series 2019 studio, left side, boot open
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  • BMW 1 Series 2019 LHD instrument cluster detail
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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 £30,655What Car? Target Price£28,366
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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M Sport adds 18in alloy wheels, more distinctive bumpers, stiffer M Sport suspension (which offers the best ride and handling balance), and a few more luxuries, such as power-folding door mirrors, heated front seats and leather trim. So if you are buying a 1 Series because for its premium or sportier flavour, M Sport makes the most sense.

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

44.1

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

380

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

144

g/km

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