Used BMW 1 Series 2004 - 2011 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

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)

Our recommendations

Which used BMW 1 Series hatchback should I buy?

The BMW 1 Series was originally available as a five-door only, with the three-door version following in 2007. This coincided with a mild facelift and the introduction of more powerful, yet more economical, engines.

The 113bhp 116i petrol model has just enough oomph, but was greatly improved in 2007, when power was increased to 120bhp. The 118i with 127bhp (later 141bhp) is much punchier, though, and the 120i is better still. The pinnacle of the range is the 261bhp six-cylinder 130i.