BMW M140i Shadow Edition, 8 Speed Automatic, Very Low Mileage , Ask about our GardX Vehicle Protection System, this car also qualifies for our AA backed Warranty for Life Package.
Petrol 32.1 combined MPG (WLTP)
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Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing, Green tinted heat protection glazing, Heated windscreen washer jets, Rain sensor including auto headlights activation, Rear window wiper, Sun protection glass
Active differential brake (ADB), electronic differential lock in DSC-OFF mode, Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Brake drying, Brake energy regeneration, Braking readiness, CBC - (Cornering brake control), DSC+, Dynamic brake control, Dynamic Traction Control - DTC, Front ventilated brake disc, Hill start assist, M Sport braking system, Rear brake discs
Anthracite Velour front and rear floor mats
Drive Performance Control
BMW remote services, Cruise control with brake function, Speed limiter, Variable sport steering
Automatic start/stop system, Eco pro mode
BMW emergency call, BMW Online services, BMW Teleservices, Brake force display, Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear, Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning, Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge, Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off, Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster, On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning, On board diagnostics, Optimum shift indicator, Personal Profile, Real time traffic information
Electrically adjustable heated door mirrors and washer jets, Ferric grey mirror caps
Battery age recognition function, Lightweight engineering
BMW professional radio with CD player, DAB Digital radio, Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system
Exterior Body Features
Body colour door handles, Body colour front and rear bumpers, Body colour roof mouldings, Dark chrome exhaust tailpipes in dual, round and split, Ferric grey air blades, Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements, High gloss black kidney grille with black slats, M aerodynamic bodystyling, Rear window aerial, Shark fin antenna, Visible VIN plate
Clear lenses direction indicator lights, Darkened rear lights with LED light bars, Daytime driving lights, Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors, Dynamic brake lights, Follow me home headlights, Headlight beam throw control, High level third brake light, LED exterior front door handle lights, Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster, Offside rear fog lights
Two zone automatic air conditioning
12V power socket in centre console, 12V power socket in passenger footwell, Anthracite headlining, Conditioned Based Service, Dakota leather upholstery, Door sill finishers with M140i designation, Four grab handles integrated in roof lining, Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim, Front folding sliding armrest with storage compartment, Front storage compartment in centre console and in door trim, Glove box handle with chrome surround, Glovebox, Leather gear knob and handbrake grip, Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel, M sports multi function leather steering wheel, Manually adjustable steering column, Multi-function controls for steering wheel, Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat, Two sills lashing eyes in the luggage compartment
Ambient lighting - switchable BMW classic orange/ cold white LED, Ambient lighting front and rear, Front door exit lights, Front footwell lights, Front LED reading lights, Front/rear courtesy lights with soft on/off dimming, Interior light in front centre interior mirrors and rear centre auto interior light activation when door is opened when ignition switched off, LED luggage compartment lighting, LED rear interior light with centre reading lights, Luggage compartment lighting, Welcome lighting
3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles, Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, Battery safety cut-off, Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, Driver and front passenger seat belt security check, Front passenger manual airbag deactivation, Rear child proof door locks, Side impact protection, Twin horns, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle and first aid kit
60/40 split folding rear seat, Front head restraints, Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment, Isofix child seat for two outer rear seats, Rear folding head restraints
Automatic drive away locking facility, Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment, Locking wheel bolts, Remote central locking with two Integrate key, one button for opening and closing all lock, open and close window, button for open luggage compartment, Remote control integrated key with blue inset, Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button, Thatcham Cat.1 alarm with remote control and immobiliser
Sport automatic transmission with Launch Control, Sports function on gearbox with steering wheel mounted gearshift paddles
Driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirror, Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
High performance tyres, Reduced rolling resistance tyres
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|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||38E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||6|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
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|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||N|
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|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||999999|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||N|
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|Noise Level dB(A):||72|
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|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min:||199|
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|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min:||190|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max:||170|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min:||169|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max:||292|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min:||292|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max:||200|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min:||197|
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|EC Combined (mpg):||38.2|
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|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||45.6|
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|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min:||8.7|
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|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min:||8.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max:||7.5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min:||7.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max:||12.9|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min:||12.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max:||8.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min:||8.7|
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|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min:||32.5|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max:||33.6|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min:||33.6|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Max:||37.7|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Min:||38.2|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Max:||21.9|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Min:||22.1|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max:||32.1|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min:||32.5|
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|Engine Power - KW:||250|
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|Engine Torque - NM:||500|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1520|
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BMW's subtly improved M140i could well be the greatest hot hatch on sale today. Jonathan Crouch explains why.
BMW has played a blinder with its stunning M140i and it's still just as tempting in the upgraded form we look at here. Power has risen slightly to 340bhp from the improved six-cylinder 3.0-litre turbo engine. Performance though, is largely unchanged, keeping this as a hot hatch of the top order, its acceleration seeing you to 62mph from rest in 4.8 seconds. Comprehensively fettled suspension, steering and brakes give it real depth of talent.
Certain car manufacturers make rods for their own backs. Jaguar will never be able to build a car that's regarded with the same reverence as the E Type. Likewise Audi will never eclipse the Quattro. And BMW? Well in BMW's back story, there's this thing called the E30 M3. It's the spectre that gets raised every time the Munich company builds a smallish performance car. And they're never quite as good. But times change and we have to accept that due to all manner of legislation and indeed customer expectations, cars just aren't going to look or feel like that iconic M3 of the Eighties. But let's think about that car for a minute. When it first appeared, it had 192bhp, got to 62mph in 6.9 seconds and ran out of puff at 146mph. Yes it was a tactile and effervescent thing with a great chassis but these days it would be dusted off by a middle rank hot hatch. If you want to cut it these days as a premier league performance car, you need more. The BMW M140i is a case in point.
As Toyota has demonstrated with its GT86, the modest power, back to basics option is one that has met with critical acclaim. There is, however, a good deal of fun in sending so much power to your rear wheels. The amount in question has slightly risen in this revised model from 322 to 340bhp. The improved 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine is still one heck of a motor and offers near supercar acceleration figures. In fact, it'll rocket to 62mph in just 4.8 seconds in the manual version (4.6s in the auto model) and keep going to an electronically limited 155mph. Those are the same stats as you'd get with BMW's identically-engined M240i Coupe model - but this car looks so much more discreet. Of course we could discuss for ages whether a car that makes going fast this easy is a more satisfying choice than a vehicle that's slower but which makes you work for the performance, but let's just say that different people like different things from their hot hatches and coupes. Besides, this BMW can be surprisingly flexible. Press the Sport button and you immediately notice the steering weight up and the throttle response sharpen. Press the button once more and you'll find Sport+, which partially disengages the stability control and offers an even spikier throttle pedal. Suddenly the M140i will feel as if it has teeth.
As before, there's a choice of either three or five-door bodystyles. Looks-wise, things are much as before, which means a remarkably subtle appearance for any kind of M-car. If you saw the BMW M badge and expected pumped-up wheel arches and a front air intake that looks as if it would ingest children, think again. This is a different take on the BMW Motorsport theme. Rather than being positioned as a fully-fledged M model, think of the M140i as a halfway house. It's got plenty of M-specific go but not all the dressing that comes with it. It gets a set of side skirts with subtle creases and modest air vents in the front spoiler. Ferric grey mirrors and chromed exhaust pipes complete the look. Mind you, don't think that just because it's an M140i and not an M1 that it's in any way half-baked. The steering and suspension have been thoroughly fettled, with a different rack and unique front geometry, while the springs and dampers have all been beefed up. Plus there are meatier brakes and model-specific alloy wheels and tyres, differently sized front to rear. It's a root and branch job. Inside it's not actually all that different from humbler 1 Series models. Which means that there have been a few upgrades of late, bringing things like chrome and gloss black detailing around the centre console. Like the rest of the improved second generation I series range, this top variant enjoys improved build quality, with more substantial plastics used throughout. BMW's much-improved iDrive system features and features a high definition 6.5 inch flat screen. The shark-nosed exterior styling takes a bit of getting used to, but most would agree that the profile looks clean, while the rear end is muscular with tidy detailing.
You might feel that around £32,000 is quite a bit to shell out on a hot hatch, but we reckon this BMW is still one of the biggest performance bargains in recent times. It's got the poise and performance to make mincemeat of an Audi RS3 on a circuit and it's almost as quick in a straight line as the latest Porsche 911. A Porsche Cayman suddenly looks quite an indulgence when this sort of capability is available at this price. It's not as if this car is all engine and no finish either. You get a Nevada leather interior, with sports seats up font and three seat belts in the back, Bluetooth, both AUX-in and USB as well as a stereo that can play MP3s from CD, a multifunction steering wheel with a speed limiter mode, air conditioning, door sill finishers with 'M140i' designation, a short-shift gear lever and a whole host of safety kit, including DSC+ stability control, xenon headlights, a tyre pressure warning system and dynamic brake lights. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is also offered as an option. Technology upgrades have brought adaptive LED headlights and cruise control to the options list, plus a GPS-guided eight-speed automatic gearbox. BMW Connect is standard and comes with emergency assist. There's also the option of adding apps for live traffic reports, music streaming and a concierge service.
You're probably aware that BMW can perform some sort of magic trick when it comes to the economy and emissions of its performance cars. The M140i is no exception. Time was when you'd have needed extremely deep pockets to run a petrol-engined car with 340bhp and while this is clearly no Prius, it will return an improved combined economy figure of 36.2mpg. Decidedly un-terrifying. The same story applies to emissions. You'll see 179g/km if you choose the manual car and a mere 163g/km if you plump for the automatic. It wasn't so long ago that these were the sort of numbers you'd be delighted with from a bog-standard 2.0-litre hatchback. EfficientDynamics, BMW's suite of energy-saving features, continues with an Auto Start-Stop function available on both manual and automatic transmissions. An ECO PRO mode, activated using the Drive Performance Control, is a new feature on BMW's that adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. When in ECO PRO mode, the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.
Make no mistake, this is a mightily impressive car. You'll need to look past the unprepossessing styling and concentrate on the BMW M140i's sheer capability. It can turn its hand to almost anything. It's crushingly fast, offers the keen driver real options at the wheel, yet can trundle up a motorway while showing better than 45mpg on the computer. It'll run four kids to school in perfect safety and has a boot big enough for a week's shopping on the way back. Yes, you can easily buy a more extrovert performance machine for this sort of money but the M140i is the sort of car you'll feel extremely smug about driving just because it's so much smarter than anything for remotely comparable money. I never thought I'd get so enthusiastic about a BMW 1 Series, but this is a very special vehicle. You owe it to yourself to have a try.
The third generation 1 Series looks to establish itself as the premium hatch of choice in a hotly-contested sector. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.
The MK3 version of BMW's 1 Series gets a new platform, a new drive layout and new engines. It's sleeker, lighter, safer, more practical and more efficient than before. And, the company reckons, it's still the most rewarding steer in the premium compact hatch sector. Big claims for an important car.
Front wheel drive and BMW. Once, it was a phrase you'd never hear. But then the Munich maker introduced a front-driven platform into its 2 Series Active Tourer MPV. And now this layout's gone mainstream with the third generation version of the brand's smallest model, the 1 Series hatch. It's not so small these days, especially inside where the switch of drive layouts has freed up more room, particularly in the boot. But will the dynamic change of heart neutralise what has previously been this model line's greatest draw - uniquely rewarding handling? BMW says not - and provides a completely fresh range of engines to further sweeten the pill. On top of that there's a smarter cabin and upgraded safety. Sounds promising.
Back at the launch of the very first 1 Series model in 2003, rear wheel drive was a non-negotiable part of BMW's engineering fabric. Yet this layout practically compromised both that MK1 model and its 2011 successor. And for what? The Munich maker's own research suggests that over 85% of 1 Series customers have no idea whether the drive wheels are front or rear. And whoever complained about the handling of a front-driven BMW-engineered MINI? If you opt for the brand's xDrive 4WD system of course, none of this will matter, but availability of that depends upon the engine you select, so let's take a look at the various powerplant options, all of them re-developed for this car. BMW expects the 150hp 118d diesel to be the big seller; for black pump variants, there's also a lesser 116hp 116d three cylinder 1.5-litre derivative and a more powerful 190hp 120d 2.0-litre model, the latter only offered with the xDrive system. That 4WD set-up is also a non-negotiable part of the top petrol M135i xDrive hot hatch variant (which offers 306hp), but most customers wanting to fuel from the green pump with this car will choose the 1.5-litre three cylinder 140hp unit powering the base 118i front-driven version. Three different transmissions are on offer, depending on variant. The 116d, the 118d and the 118i get an upgraded 6-speed manual gearbox and the two base three cylinder variants(116d and 118i) can also be ordered with an optional 7-speed Stepronic auto. At the top of the range, the brand's smooth 8-speed Steptronic Sport auto transmission is optional on the 118d and has to be had on the two top xDrive models.
The rather dumpy styling that characterised earlier 1 Series models is all forgotten now; this third generation model is much sleeker, with a more wedged shaped silhouette and a pronounced 'shark nose'. At the front, the BMW kidney grille is larger and, for the first time in this model range, the kidneys merge in the middle. The car features a shorter bonnet and significantly more space than before within a footprint almost identical to that of its predecessor. At 4,319 millimetres, the MK3 1 Series is 5mm shorter, 34mm wider and 13mm higher. The 2,670mm wheelbase meanwhile, is 20 millimetres shorter but despite that, thanks to the switch of drive layouts, there's significantly more cabin space than before. Passenger access is easier, particularly in the rear where there's an extra 33mm of knee room, 13mm more elbow room and 19mm more head room. The luggage compartment capacity rises by 20-litres to 380-litres (or 1,200-litres with the rear seat bench folded down). The minimum width of the luggage compartment has also increased by 67mm. Up-front, BMW's latest 'Live Cockpit Plus' infotainment package is standard giving you an 8.8-inch centre-dash screen and a 5.7-inch instrument cluster display. This set-up includes features such as a Touch Controller, a navigation system, two USB ports for data transfer and a WiFi interface.
Prices open at just under £25,000 and this time, there's only a single five-door body style. For the 118d diesel variant most will want, think just under £27,000. The top M135i xDrive flagship is priced from just under £36,500 and gets its own specific trim package. For most other variants, you'll choose between the brand's familiar 'SE', 'Sport' and 'M Sport' designations. As you'd hope given the premium pricing, even the base 'SE' comes with plenty - 16-inch light-alloy wheels for instance. But you'll probably want to upgrade yourself at least to a mid-range 'Sport' model, recognisable by its high-gloss black air inlets and chrome-framed front kidney grille. The 'M Sport' versions feature aerodynamic body styling as well as satin aluminium struts in the kidney grille whilst at this level in the range, the seat upholstery is in Dakota leather with contrast stitching. Across the range, infotainment technology has been boosted by the adoption of the brand's "Hey BMW' 'Intelligent Personal Assistant' which will allow you to operate many of the car's major functions by merely speaking a command. A Head-up display is now optional and extra camera safety kit includes 'Collision & Pedestrian Warning with City Braking' and 'Lane Departure warning' with steering impulse.
The engine changes have been virtually all about improving efficiency. As a result, the volume 118d diesel can return up to 60.1mpg on the WLTP cycle and up to 108g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. For the three cylinder 116d diesel, the figures are up to 61.4mpg and 100g/km. And for the 120d xDrive, you're looking at up to 51.4mpg and up to 117g/km. As for petrol power, well the base three cylinder 118i manages up to 47.1mpg and up to 114g/km, while the top M135i xDrive hot hatch delivers up to 35.3mpg and up to 155g/km. Specify auto transmission and this car can be particularly efficient thanks to intelligent connectivity that enables the two auto gearboxes to adapt their shift strategy according to the planned route and driving situation. If the BMW 1 Series is equipped with Active Cruise Control, both transmissions will factor in the data from this system and the standard Navigation, to avoid unnecessary gear changes in a quick succession of bends. Across the range, efficiency is also aided by coasting and Auto Start Stop functions that take their cue from the data supplied by the navigation system, the front-mounted camera and the sensors for the optional driving assistance systems. The coasting function de-couples the powertrain from the transmission at cruising speeds when the car is running in either its 'Comfort' or 'ECO PRO' driving modes.
We can't help feeling a little disappointed that BMW's MK3 1 Series has abandoned its unique rear-driven selling point. But at the same time, we can't help being impressed by the way that the Munich maker has managed to retain so much of this car's eager, dynamic character, despite the fundamental engineering changes visited upon it. Sales will also be boosted by the fact that this is the first 1 Series with really sleek looks, proper rear passenger space and a decent boot. And it's far better prepared than its predecessor in terms of media connectivity and camera-driven safety provision. About to choose a Mercedes A-Class or an Audi A3? You really ought to try one of these too. You might be surprised just how much you like it.
By Jonathan Crouch
If the compact family hatch you really want needs an extra touch of class, it probably needs a smart badge on the bonnet. If that's the kind of car you're looking at and you want a premium model from the 2015-2018 period, the facelifted version of BMW's second generation 1 Series model is a car that deserves your attention, this F20/F21-series design rejuvenated in 2015 with sleeker styling, a smarter cabin, extra technology and a range of more powerful, yet more efficient engines. A wide range of models offer everything from three cylinder frugality to storming six cylinder power and the option of all-wheel drive. It's a strong contender.
4dr/5dr Hatch (118i/120i/125i/M135i/M140i/116d/118d/120d/120d xDrive/125d)
This 1 Series model may represent the lowest rung of the BMW ownership ladder but it continues to encapsulate everything that buyers love about the brand. The Munich maker reckons that proof of this was delivered in 2015 by this improved version of the second generation F20/F21-series design. BMW is a company that has always done things differently, a refreshing trait in a sea of automotive sameness. The Bavarian brand's reputation as the purveyor of 'The Ultimate Driving Machine' was built around rear wheel drive and that famed perfect 50/50 weight distribution, cornerstones that were put to the test earlier this century when the time came at last to develop a compact hatch to slot in below their all-conquering 3 Series. Compact hatches are packaged so tightly that they can only really be front-driven - or at least that's what everybody thought until BMW brought out the very first 1 Series model in 2004, that E81/E82/E87/E88-series design pioneering rear wheel drive in this segment. Compact hatches are usually also fairly predictably styled, a concept that original 1 Series design also turned on its head with its unique, unconventional looks that offered a real alternative to cars like Audi's A3 and the Mercedes' A-Class. Both these unique selling points were retained when, with 2.2 million global sales on the board, the time came to launch the original version of this car, the F20/F21 model second generation 1 Series, which gained 'Sports Hatch' branding and was originally introduced here in the Autumn of 2011. This design was a big improvement - and needed to be to face down the challenge of all-new versions of key rivals like Audi's A3 and the Mercedes A-Class. The looks, though still individual, got a sleeker finish and extra room was freed up in what had previously been a rather cramped rear cabin. Time moves on though and by 2015, both these two key competitors had seriously upped their game, especially in the areas of efficiency and connectivity. Other models had also emerged to challenge German brand dominance in the premium compact hatch segment, a sector that by now was offering increasingly credible contenders like Volvo's V40 and the Lexus CT200h. It was for all these reasons that a rejuvenated version of this second generation 1 Series Sports Hatch model was needed - and delivered - in the Spring of 2015. By then, BMW was able to give this car access to the frugal three cylinder petrol and diesel engines it had developed for the third generation MINI Hatch. Plus there was the chance for BMW's clever 'ConnectedDrive' suite of hi-tech infotainment and media services to filter down into 1 Series ownership, offering the kind of cutting-edge connectivity previously restricted to the brand's very priciest models. The idea was that offering buyers all of this, along with smarter looks and a higher quality cabin, would re-establish this car as a definitive choice in its segment. Here, we check out these facelifted F20/F21-series model for used buyers. They sold until the third generation front-driven 1 Series model was launched in the Autumn of 2019.
Taking any compact car and making it rear wheel driven will always mean an inevitable set of constraints when it comes to styling and packaging. For such a layout, you'll need a longitudinally mounted engine - so a long bonnet. And a driveshaft running to the rear axle - which will compromise rear cabin space. Even given the need for all of this, the original first generation 1 Series model [E81/E82/E87/E88] was still an unusual-looking thing and had rear seat space poorer than some two-door coupes. In 2011, both issues were certainly improved by this second generation F20/F21 design, a car longer and wider than its predecessor, with a more mature, grown-up feel that was further developed by this revised version. The changes made are most obvious at the front, where a smarter lower apron with larger air intakes and a horizontal bar combines with sleeker headlamps featuring LED daytime driving lights. Inside up-front, BMW sought to move this car a little more up-market. There are nicer materials on show than in the pre-facelift F20/F21 cars, along with smarter seat fabrics, a gloss black finish to the centre dash and extra chrome accents around the air vents, the stereo and the climate controls. What else? Well as usual, the low-slung driving position perfectly places you in front of a grippy three-spoke leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel through which can be viewed a familiar pair of clear analogue dials. Not so good is rearward visibility thanks to the rather narrow rear screen. Rear seat room is at a premium thanks to the rear wheel drive format, though obviously you'll be better off with the F21 5-door version than the F20 3-door. The boot is 360-litres in size, regardless of your choice between three or five-door body styles.
We'll base our pricing around the F20 3-door model; add around £1,000 if you want the F21 5-door version. Prices for this F20/F21-series model start at around £12,200 for a '17-era 118i with 'SE'-spec, with prices rising to around £15,800 for a later '19-era version; add around £500 more for plusher 'SE Business'-spec. The 118d diesel is priced from around £13,200 in 'SE' trim on a '17-plate, with prices rising to around £16,700 for a '19-era car. Mid-range 'Sport'-trim costs hardly any more. A 120d is priced from around £15,600 for a 'Sport' model on a '17-plate, with prices rising to around £19,800 for a '19-era model. Add on a premium of around £2,000 for an auto xDrive 4WD 120d model. The hot hatch M140i variant is priced from around £18,800 on a '17-plate, with values rising to around £24,500 for a later '19-era car.
Our owner survey did reveal many satisfied users of this 'F20/F21'-series model, but inevitably, there were a few issues reported. A number of 1 Series that are fitted with an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) module could have an issue with it leaking. In extreme circumstances, it might even cause a fire, so affected cars should be inspected by a BMW dealer to find out if it needs replacing. What else? Well screws in the variable camshaft timing (VANOS system) may loosen over time on some models and potentially break off. If that happens, the VANOS system may malfunction and cause problems with the valve timing of the engine. Because the 1 Series is rear-wheel drive, there is a propshaft to take the power from the engine at the front and send it to the back wheels. A union at the front may fail and require a replacement to be fitted. The fuel pump in the tank may stop working because it has components that haven't been nickel-plated correctly. A warning lamp and message will be displayed in the instrument cluster, but the brakes and steering should still work. If your car is affected, it'll need a new pump. A bolt in the clutch pressure plate may work loose over time and result in the inability to select any gears and, therefore, lose drive. A small number of cars were affected by this recall, and your BMW dealer will be able to advise you further. There's a possibility that due to faulty software in the crankshaft sensor, you may experience rough running, reduced engine power or an engine stall while in motion. If your car is affected, the dealer may need to replace the whole sensor. Obviously, a fully-stamped service history is vital. This car uses complex engines and only regular and appropriate maintenance will see them go the distance. Otherwise, it's just the usual things. Insist on a fully stamped-up service record and check the alloys for scratches and scuffs.
[based on a 2015 model 120d diesel ex-vat] Parts prices for a 1 Series model from this period can be reasonable if you shop around. We trawled around the internet and found these: An oil filter is in the £27 bracket. An air filter is around £54. A fuel filter is around £43. Front brake discs cost in the £133 bracket. Rear brake discs cost in the £282 bracket. A set of front brake pads is around £80-£83; rear pads are around £54. Rear shock absorbers are around £194, while a clutch kit is around £438.
There's no doubt about this 1 Series model's unique selling point from a driver's point of view: it's the only car in this class with rear wheel drive. If you're an enthusiast, you'll notice the difference immediately you throw this BMW into a corner and enjoy the way that the back end pushes you through the apex. Even if drive dynamics aren't a priority for you, you'll notice a greater responsiveness about this car, particularly if you make good use of the standard 'Drive Performance Control' system that allows you to tweak throttle, steering, stability control thresholds and, with auto transmission, gear change timings to suit the way you want to drive. Under the bonnet, BMW introduced a couple of 1.5-litre three cylinder engines borrowed from the MINI into this facelifted F20/F21 model, a 136bhp petrol unit in the 118i and a 116bhp diesel in the 116d. Otherwise, most buyers go for one of the 2.0-litre four cylinder diesels, offered with 150bhp in the 118d, 190bhp in two and four-wheel drive versions of the 120d and 224bhp in this 125d. For petrol people, there's also a 1.6-litre 170bhp unit in the 120i, a 2.0-litre 218bhp engine in the 125i and a storming uprated 326bhp straight six turbo powerplant in the flagship M135i hot hatch, quickly uprated to 340bhp by the replacement M140i.
Other car makers create a premium compact hatchback by merely prettying up the ingredients of an existing cheap one. BMW's 1 Series was different in its first two generations of life, with rear wheel drive giving this car a distinctive selling point. It certainly still looks unique too in this F20/F21 MK2 model form. Perhaps that's why 70% of its buyers tended to be new to the BMW brand. Those liking a style in this form easier to get on with and not needing to regularly transport rear seat passengers were understandably regularly seduced by its uncorrupted steering, great chassis balance and brilliant efficiency. Of course, many of this model's more subtle attributes will probably be lost on a clientele drawn chiefly to its badge. Still, whatever your motivation for purchase, go for one of these and that warm and fuzzy feeling that accompanies making a smart decision is never too far away.