Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The 1 Series is definitely priced towards the lofty upper reaches of the family car class and as such, across the lineup, it is quite closely priced against the A-Class. However, the 1 Series isn’t expected to hold onto its value quite so well as the A-Class over three years. BMWs do tend to have some generous discounts available, though – so make sure you click here to check out how much we could save you on a 1 Series now. Full PCP deals, meanwhile, are yet to be announced.
If you’re a company car driver, you’ll want to stick with the diesels – their CO2 emissions are broadly similar to those of the A-Class and the 116d and 118d are the best choices on paper. Claimed fuel economy, again, broadly matches what the A-Class offers, so fuel costs should be similar.
Equipment, options and extras
There are three main trim levels, while the M135i is a separate trim in its own right. Entry-level SE covers all the basics and makes the most sense, it comes with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system (as described earlier), LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers and cruise control. Sport adds sports seats and exterior styling tweaks, as well as and dual-zone climate control. M Sport adds more distinctive bumpers, stiffer suspension and heated front seats.
Along with all the M Sport upgrades, the M135i also gets the bigger infotainment system.
As an option you can turn your smartphone into the key for the car, even going as far as allowing you to unlock and start the car with it.
The 1 Series is too new to specific reliability data to be available, but the previous-generation model finished mid-table in the family car class in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey. Similarly, BMW as a brand finished 16th place out of 31 manufacturers, comfortably above 26th-placed Mercedes.
The new 1 Series is covered by a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty, which matches the cover offered by Mercedes for the A-Class.
Safety and security
The new 1 Series is yet to be crash tested by Euro NCAP, but there is a lot of safety equipment on offer. However, not all of it is standard.
You do get lane departure warning and speed limit assist, plus a system that will warn you if you get too close to the car in front. However, only by selecting the optional Driving Assistant package (available on all trim levels) do you get automatic emergency braking. It also includes blindspot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and rear cross traffic alert. It’s a shame more of these functions – especially autonomous emergency braking, which the A-Class gets as standard – aren’t fitted across the range.
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