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
|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|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,447 / £2,856|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,895 / £5,711|