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Β£22,450-Β£37,125

Target Price (cash)

Β£0-Β£40,400

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BMW 1 SERIES Hatchback 116d 5dr [Dynamic]

A good bet if you want a diesel-powered BMW on your driveway for as little money as possible. If you like your driving, though, we'd recommend the extra grunt of the 118d.

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BMW 1 SERIES Hatchback 116d 5dr [Dynamic]

A good bet if you want a diesel-powered BMW on your driveway for as little money as possible. If you like your driving, though, we'd recommend the extra grunt of the 118d.

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Β£252.01-Β£383.87/month

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Engines

M140i
The pinnacle of the petrol range – in terms of performance, at least. The M140i has a fantastic-sounding turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and produces effortless, sports car-troubling performance. Available with a manual or an automatic &#39;box, it can reach a top speed of 155mph, yet will return around 30mpg in real-world, day-to-day driving. The auto &#39;box is particularly effective, both for quick-fire shifts and easygoing everyday cruising.
125i
Although not officially a hot hatch, the 125i certainly looks and feels like it. With a 2.0-litre capacity, a similar power output to the VW Golf GTI and a 0-62mph time of just 6.1sec, it’s very fast; but it&#39;s also expensive, even in three-door guise.
120i
This flexible 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol is smooth, powerful and more like a warm hatch than a regular everyday family hatch. However, it’s not quite as refined or willing to rev as some rivals&#39; engines, such as the Audi A3.
118i
This turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine gives reasonable performance when revved hard and, driven carefully, it’s frugal. It sounds very hushed, but being a three-cylinder engine means you do get a fair amount of vibration through to the interior.
125d
There are no real rivals to the 125d. It is a performance-oriented diesel hatchback in the style of the VW Golf GTD – but it&#39;s even more powerful, even faster in a straight line and also prohibitively expensive. We respect its abilities, but it’s hard to recommend.
120d
Another step up in price, the 120d is a more natural rival for cars such as the Mercedes A220 CDI and Audi A3 2.0 TDI. It produces an impressive 187bhp and is seriously quick in-gear and on the motorway, yet returns well over 60mpg officially. Also available with an effective four-wheel drive system.
118d
With a 2.0-litre engine and a big hike in power over the 116d (114bhp vs 148bhp), the 118d feels nippy, but is not quite as free-revving or smooth as some of its diesel rivals, and it can also be noisy and strained when accelerating hard.
Our pick
116d
This 1.5-litre diesel feels long-geared, so revs steadily compared with a Mercedes A180d and doesn&#39;t feel as punchy as an Audi A3 1.6 TDI. However, performance is adequate, assuming you&#39;re not looking to drive like a bat out of hell everywhere.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

36.2-67.3 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

111-179 g/km

VED Tax band

How much will it cost you?

G-K

Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1200 litres

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