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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.get the best price
The trimSee full equipment
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.
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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.
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