Used BMW 1 Series 2019-present review

Category: Family car

Section: Alternatives

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BMW 1 Series rear
  • BMW 1 Series long-term front tracking 2
  • BMW 1 Series interior
  • BMW 1 Series boot
  • BMW 1 Series driving
  • BMW 1 Series rear
  • BMW 1 Series infotainment
  • BMW 1 Series engine
  • BMW 1 Series long-term front tracking 2
  • BMW 1 Series interior
  • BMW 1 Series boot
  • BMW 1 Series driving
  • BMW 1 Series rear
  • BMW 1 Series infotainment
  • BMW 1 Series engine
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Alternatives

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

The latest Audi A3 may not be as impressive as its predecessor, but it's still the best premium family car you can buy. A larger infotainment screen and a standard digital instrument cluster should keep tech fans happy.

If sportiness isn't your bag, try a Mercedes A-Class. This generation is far superior to what went before thanks to a supple ride and greater practicality. The 1.3-litre petrol is a surprise too, especially in A200 form, where it is fast enough for any given situation, yet returns excellent fuel economy and exemplary refinement at a cruise.

BMW 1 Series rear

Overview

It may not be the cheapest of premium family cars, but this generation of the BMW 1 Series retains enough of the fine driving dynamics that people liked in the old model and improves on practicality dramatically, making it a fine used choice.

  • Superb build quality
  • Greater rear room
  • Class-leading infotainment system
  • Road noise at speed
  • Mercedes A-Class has a higher safety rating
  • SE model isn't as well-equipped as rivals