Used BMW 1 Series 2004 - 2011 review


(2004 - 2011)
BMW 1 Series (04 - 11)
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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.

The joker in the pack is the second-generation Mercedes A-Class. It’s much shorter than its rivals, which makes it easier to park, and yet thanks to clever packaging it’s also more spacious inside. On the downside, it looks quite frumpy and has a firm ride.

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