Used BMW 1 Series 2004 - 2011 review

Category: Family car

Section: Alternatives

BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)
  • BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)
  • BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)
  • BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)
  • BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)
  • BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)
  • BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)
  • BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)
  • BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)
  • BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)
  • BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)

Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 1 Series hatchback?

The 1 Series was designed to take on the Volkswagen Golf, but VW’s finest is a very different car, putting comfort before handling. The Golf is also more practical than the 1 Series, offering superior visibility and a lot more space for those in the back.

Audi’s A3 is based on the Golf. However, it has a slightly sportier feel, is less forgiving over bumps and costs more to buy. The reward for paying the extra is a classier feeling interior, although the design of this is looking a little dated now.

Overview

The BMW 1 Series is the sharpest driving car of its kind, but it's far from the most practical.

  • Agile handling
  • Precise steering
  • Smart interior
  • Spacious in the front
  • Classy image
  • Firm ride
  • Cramped in the back
  • Small boot
  • Cheaper versions are stingily equipped