Used BMW 1 Series 2019-present review

Category: Family car

Section: Advice for buyers

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  • BMW 1 Series long-term front tracking 2
  • BMW 1 Series interior
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  • BMW 1 Series infotainment
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used BMW 1 Series hatchback?

Because this generation hasn't been out for very long and the majority of used examples will be within the franchised dealer network, most should still look like new. 

If you're buying through the BMW approved used scheme, make sure that the infotainment system has been updated to the current software. 

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What are the most common problems with a used BMW 1 Series hatchback?

Camshaft

A small number of 1 Series built between 18-28 February 2020 could have an issue with the bolts that hold the camshaft in place inside the engine working loose. Speak to your local BMW dealer for further information because extensive engine repair work will need to be carried out on any of these.

Driver's airbag

The fabric for the driver's airbag could be damaged during deployment, compromising safety. This recall applies to cars manufactured between 28 January and 11 March 2020, and affected examples will need to have the airbag replaced to solve the problem.

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Is a used BMW 1 Series hatchback reliable?

The current generation of 1 Series is too new to have been included in our most recent What Car? Reliability survey. However, BMW as a brand has improved dramatically over the results of previous years, so the hope is that reliability should be a problem.

If you'd like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.