What used BMW 1 Series hatchback will I get for my budget?
Prices for this generation of the BMW 1 Series start at around £7000. This buys you a late 2011 or early 2012 car, but with an above-average mileage for its age. The 1 Series makes a fine motorway cruiser, and lots are bought as company cars with just that purpose in mind. Hence it’s always best to check mileage carefully and to try to seek out a car with a below-average mileage on the clock. Always check the history carefully.
It’s probably better to spend upwards of £8000 to secure a car with an average mileage and a full service history from an independent dealer. Stretch further to £10,000 and you should be able to find a clean example with an average mileage, maybe even a 2015 car from a car supermarket. Upping your budget to between £12,000 and £15,000 should net you a clean 2016 or 2017 car. Look to spend £16,000 to £18,000 on a 2018 car, and a little more for the last 2019 models.
The most efficient diesel model is the 116d Efficient Dynamics with a combined NEDC figure of 74.3mpg and 99g/km of CO2. The least powerful 114d is next at 65.7mpg and 112g/km, while the normal 116d, 118d and 120d should do 62.8mpg and 117g/km, 118g/km and 119g/km CO2 emissions respectively. The rarest and most powerful 125d isn’t far behind the others in terms of economy, with 58.9mpg and 128g/km figures.
The petrol range is even more diverse with three, four and six-cylinder options. The 114i and 116i both have a combined figure of 49.6mpg and 132g/km. Early 118i models with 170bhp got 47.9mpg and 137g/km, while the refreshed model from 2015 onwards got the three-cylinder engine from Mini that reduced consumption to 53.3mpg and 123g/km. For those with a hunger for greater performance, there’s a more powerful 125i with running costs of 42.8mpg and emissions of 154g/km, or for those flush with cash, there are the M135i and M140i models with 35.3mpg and 188g/km, and 36.2mpg and 179g/km figures respectively.
Any 1 Series registered after 1 April 2017 will be charged under the current flat-rate road tax system of £165. Beware those costing over £40,000 new as these could attract a supplementary luxury car surcharge.
BMW offered their new car customers fixed-price servicing packages that stay with the car, so it’s worthwhile using the online checker to see if there is remaining cover with the car you’re looking at. If not, main dealer servicing isn’t the priciest around, but it will be significantly more than more mainstream manufacturers.
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