BMW 1 Series 118i [1.5] M Sport Shadow Edition 5dr - Privacy Glass, Ambient Lighting, Sat Nav & Dakota Leather Hatchback (2019) at Doves Vauxhall Southampton

02381 630 543

£21,750

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This car comes with: 6 speed manual transmission, Dakota Leather upholstery as optional extra worth £800, Rear radar-type parking distance sensors, Multifunction display screen with Satellite Navigation System, Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls, Selectable driving modes, Rain sensing windscreen wipers, Privacy glass, Engine start/stop, Cruise control, Connections for USB, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Automatic air conditioning with one climate control zone, Ambient lighting and much more.

15/06/2019

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Petrol 36.7 combined MPG (WLTP)

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Engaging to drive, Impressive material quality, Premium badge appeal and well loaded with plenty of desirable features. Our BMW 1 Series comes fitted with Dakota Leather Upholstery as extra worth £800

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Emissions and Fuel

CO2:
137 g/km

MPG:
47.1

WLTP CO2:
175 g/km

WLTP MPG:
36.7

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Manuals

Manuals

Body Glass

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

Brakes

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

Chassis/Suspension

Drive Performance Control

Driver Aids

BMW remote services, Cruise control with brake assist, Servotronic PAS, Speed limiter

Driver Convenience

Automatic start/stop system, Eco pro mode

Driver Information

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

Driving Mirrors

Body colour mirror caps, Electrically adjustable heated door mirrors and washer jets

Engine

Battery age recognition function

Entertainment

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 tailpipe, Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements, High gloss black kidney grille with black slats, Lightweight engineering, M aerodynamic bodystyling, Rear window aerial, Shark fin antenna, Visible VIN plate

Exterior Lights

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, Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster, Offside rear fog lights, Welcome lighting

Interior Features

12V power socket in centre console, 12V power socket in passenger footwell, Anthracite headlining, Conditioned based service, Door sill finishers with illuminated M 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, Gearshift lever with M designation, 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

Interior Lights

Ambient lighting - switchable BMW classic orange/ cold white LED, 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, Luggage compartment lighting

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners, stopper 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, BMW emergency call, 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

Seats

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

Security

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 and immobiliser

Vanity Mirrors

Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

Wheels

Reduced rolling resistance tyres, Run flat tyres

General

Badge Engine CC: 1.5
Badge Power: 136
Based On ID: 80796
Coin Description: i
Coin Series: M Sport Shadow Ed
Generation Mark: 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
NCAP Safety Assist %: N
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
Service Interval Mileage: 18000
Special Edition: True
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.164
CO2 (g/km): 137
HC: 0.041
HC+NOx: N
Noise Level dB(A): 71
NOx: 0.016
Particles: 0.0004
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 175
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 173
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 178
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 175
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 154
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 152
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 219
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 218
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 176
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 174

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1499
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
Engine Code: B38B15M0
Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
Gears: 6 SPEED
Number of Valves: 12
Transmission: MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 47.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 54.3
EC Urban (mpg): 38.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 36.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 35.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 36.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 41.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 42.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 29.1
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 29.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 36.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 36.7

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.5
Engine Power - BHP: 136
Engine Power - KW: 100
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 4400
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 162
Engine Torque - MKG: 22.4
Engine Torque - NM: 220
Engine Torque - RPM: 1250
Top Speed: 130

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear: 245/35 R18
Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 719M
Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1421
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4329
Wheelbase: 2690
Width: 1765
Width (including mirrors): 1984

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1870
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1200
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 360
Max. Loading Weight: 565
Max. Roof Load: 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 650
Minimum Kerbweight: 1305
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

STILL THE ONE? (new2) 23/08/2019

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.

Ten Second Review

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.

Background

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.

Driving Experience

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. If you like the idea of potent 2.0-litre petrol power but find yourself happy with front wheel drive, BMW will offer you the M135i's engine in de-tuned 265hp form in the front-driven 128ti sports variant.

Design and Build

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.

Market and Model

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.

Cost of Ownership

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.

Summary

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.

THE ONE TO HAVE? (used) 23/09/2019

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

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.

Models

4dr/5dr Hatch (118i/120i/125i/M135i/M140i/116d/118d/120d/120d xDrive/125d)

History

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.

What You Get

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.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

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.

Replacement Parts

[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.

On the Road

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.

Overall

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.

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