Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’ll be few complaints from those up front in the BMW M135i; the driver and passenger have plenty of head and leg room, while the interior is nice and wide. There are also decent-sized door bins and a generous cubbyhole under the central armrest. Add to that the tray in the centre console and there’s loads of room for your stuff.
That’s great news in itself, but one of this car's most notable improvements over the old M140i is the amount of room it has in the back. Six-footers will have leg room, just enough head room and there's plenty of room beneath the front seats for your feet. It's roughly equivalent to a Mercedes A35 AMG or Volkswagen Golf GTi, but the Honda Civic Type R, Ford Focus ST or Skoda Octavia vRS are all roomier if you need more space.
The Octavia vRS has a much bigger boot, too, but at 380 litres the M135i’s boot is bigger than its premium rivals, the Audi S3 Sportback and A35, and matches the Golf GTI’s. It’s a useful, boxy shape, with only a small load lip at the entry. Unusually, you have the option of 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats instead of the standard 60/40 split to which most of its rivals limit you.
For more detailed information about the space and practicality inside a BMW 1 Series, check out our main review.
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