BMW 1 Series hatchback running costs
You pay a premium for the BMW badge and trim levels such as M Sport are not particularly good value, with steep price rises for a few bits of bodykit and larger alloy wheels. Fortunately, you can often haggle good discounts, while SE models are more keenly priced and very competitive when it comes to PCP finance deals.
Leasing rates are pretty attractive, especially on diesel versions, and fixed-price servicing plans can go some way to helping you budget. Crucially, the majority of the engines emit sensible levels of CO2, making them reasonable on company car tax.
Fuel consumption should also be competitive. Okay, models such as the M140i will cost you a pretty penny in petrol, but the 116d, for example, will do an average 65.7mpg in official tests – that's right up there with its rivals.
BMW 1 Series hatchback equipment
Entry-level SE models are the best value, with all the infotainment kit you could reasonably want, as well as 16in alloy wheels, air-con, front and rear (on five-door models) electric windows and auto lights and wipers. SE Business on the 116d model is great value because it adds LED headlights, cruise control and rear parking sensors, but you are limited to that entry-level diesel engine.
Sport mostly adds style upgrades, such as 17in alloy wheels and sports seats with more side support, while M Sport and Shadow Editions are yet more image-focused, with part-Alcantara seats and lowered suspension (which can be swapped for the standard set-up at no extra cost). You also get a few more toys, but not enough to justify the extra money.
BMW 1 Series hatchback reliability
As a brand, BMW came 17th out of 32 manufacturers in our latest reliability survey, so while it’s not disgraced, neither is it noteworthy.
However, on an individual level, the 1 Series did better; with just 16 faults per 100 vehicles, it finished third in the class.
Should you need to call on the warranty, it's the same three-year cover that most premium brands offer, but at least on BMWs the mileage is unlimited.
BMW 1 Series hatchback safety and security
Euro NCAP is always making its crash tests more stringent, so even though the 1 Series' score of five stars sounds great, it was back in 2012 so bares no real comparison with a car tested in the past couple of years.
There are six airbags and tyre pressure monitoring on all models, while run-flat tyres are included on many versions. However, the 1 Series doesn’t get automatic emergency braking or lane-keeping assistance as standard; these are part of the relatively inexpensive Driver Assistant Pack. Traffic sign recognition is also an option, but blindspot warning is unavailable.
Security body Thatcham Research rates the 1 Series highly for being difficult to break into or steal from.
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