What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 1 Series hatchback?
The Audi A3 is in many ways the most obvious rival to the 1 Series. It’s a well-rounded premium family hatchback with a range of lively and efficient engines and a beautiful interior, and it easily scooped up our What Car? Car of the Year Award in 2013. It’s been a price-point winner ever since, still in many ways the car to beat in this class. Second-hand values are holding up well, not surprisingly, which makes it a pricey used car purchase. However, there will be many who see the extra as a small price to pay for such a classy product.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a sharp-suited family car that suffers a little too much from its stylish shape. Like the 1 Series, it’s not the biggest car for rear-seat passengers, and it also suffers from a lumpy ride, unrefined engines and a small boot. However, there are those for whom the three-pointed star holds much allure, and the modern design, high residuals and generous safety kit will more than compensate for its dynamic shortcomings.