BMW 1 Series review

Category: Family car

Section: Introduction

BMW 1 Series 2021 front right cornering
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 front right cornering
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 rear cornering
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior dashboard
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior back seats
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior infotainment
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 rear left cornering
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 right tracking
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior front seats
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD steering wheel detail
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior detail
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 boot open
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 front right cornering
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 rear cornering
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior dashboard
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior back seats
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior infotainment
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 rear left cornering
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 right tracking
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior front seats
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • BMW 1 Series 2019 RHD steering wheel detail
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 interior detail
  • BMW 1 Series 2021 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Previous incarnations of the BMW 1 Series had something unique to offer the family car class. Something that was more typical of your average sports car, actually: a rear-wheel drive layout, which, it was claimed, maximised its handling prowess to delight all you keen drivers out there.

You might be surprised, then, to learn that BMW ditched that philosophy when it switched to this third-generation model. The current BMW 1 Series has the same front-wheel-drive layout that’s used by other family hatchbacks, although four-wheel drive is also available with some of its pricier variants, including the BMW M135i, which we review separately here.

That’s what you're about to discover if you keep reading through this review, where we’ll tell you all about how the BMW 1 Series fairs against its key rivals, and which engine and trim makes the most sense. 

And if you do decide it's the car for you, make sure you head over to the What Car? New Car Buying service to see how much we could save you off the list price without any haggling involved. There are some tempting BMW 1 Series deals.

More on the BMW 1 Series

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BMW M135i review >>

Used BMW 1 Series buying guide >>

BMW 1 Series long-term test >>

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £1,132
Target Price from £25,170
Save up to £1,132
or from £275pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £26,900
Leasing deals
From £273pm
RRP price range £25,915 - £39,540
Number of trims (see all)5
Number of engines (see all)6
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol, diesel
MPG range across all versions 38.2 - 62.8
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,447 / £2,856
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £2,895 / £5,711
Available colours