If you're paying cash, you should be able to knock several thousand pounds off the M140’s brochure price fairly easily. True, you will lose more in depreciation than on a Ford Focus RS or Honda Civic Type R, but the M140i is hardly a money pit.
If you're a company car driver, you'll be pleased to learn the automatic M140i offers slightly lower CO2 emissions than a Civic Type R, but the entry-level manual version actually pumps out more CO2. Real-world fuel economy is impressive; the automatic model averaged a very respectable 35.2mpg. That's fractionally better than the Civic Type R (35.1mpg) and way better than the Focus RS (31.2mpg).
Standard kit levels are reasonable and include sat-nav, dual-zone climate control and auto lights and auto wipers. Meanwhile, the Shadow Edition adds dark grey wheels, a black framed grille, dark headlight surrounds, tinted rear lights, rear parking sensors and cruise control.
While BMW as a brand didn't fare especially well in our most recent reliability survey, the 1 Series actually proved more dependable than all of its direct rivals apart from the Toyota Prius and Lexus CT.
Euro NCAP awarded the 1 Series five stars (out of five) for safety, although that was way back in 2012. By today's standards, it is rather short on active safety aids; you even have to pay extra for automatic emergency braking.
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