How to spec a BMW 1 Series

Our guide to BMW's plush family hatchback covers which engine and trim to choose, the options worth adding and the ones that are best avoided...

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The BMW 1 Series sits at the top end of the family car market, among premium rivals such as the Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class. These three German-made hatches are closely matched in many areas, but the 1 Series stands out thanks to its superb infotainment system, excellent interior build quality and sporty handling – all of which make it appealing for both fleet and private buyers.

Our recommended 118i models are powered by a 134bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine which offers sprightly performance, and we'd team that with M Sport trim. This is what most BMW buyers go for, and gets you kit including sportier suspension, heated front seats and leather trim. There's still room to make the 1 Series even easier to live with without blowing your budget, though, so here's what else we'd choose from the options list.

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