Our BMW 1 Series is finished in Grey Paint and features 18-inch Alloy Wheels. The 'M Sport' specification is a fantastic model and includes a sporty exterior finish. As well as this, our car is equipped with Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter Assist, Dual Zone Climate Control and even LED Headlights with Dusk and Rain Sensors. The 380 litre boot is larger than the previous generation and features a more squared design to accommodate bulkier items. The rear seats can be lowered if needed to expand the space on offer. 'Dakota Leather' upholstery in Black is equipped as standard to this car. Heated Front Seats are also provided too, with Isofix Points in the rear for younger children. The 8.8-inch 'BMW i-Drive 6' system is linked to the Digital Cockpit and features access to AM/FM and DAB radio bands with Bluetooth and USB media connections. Wireless Apple Carplay is also accessed through this display.
Petrol 44.1 combined MPG (WLTP)
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Jump behind the wheel of one of the best handling hatchbacks available on sale. The BMW 1 Series is equipped with a range of efficient engines like this 1.5 Turbo badged 118i.
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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, Rain sensor including auto headlights activation, Rear window wiper, Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, Brake drying, Braking readiness, Dynamic stability control + (DSC+), Dynamic Traction Control - DTC, Electrically operated hand brake, Front and rear disc brakes
Anti roll bar front and rear, Drive Performance Control, M sports suspension + self levelling
Active guard plus, Attentiveness assist, Electric power steering with Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges, Speed limiter
Eco pro mode, Pull away assistant
BMW Online services, BMW Teleservices, Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning, Connected eDrive Services, Integrated owners handbook, Oil sensor for level and grade, On board computer, Optimum shift indicator, Personal Profile
Auto dimming rear view mirror, Body colour mirror caps, Electric folding and anti dazzle exterior mirrors, Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
Contrast stitching on instrument panel
Aluminium lightweight construction, Balancer shaft, Double VANOS, High precision injection, Petrol Particulate Filter, VALVETRONIC engine management
Bluetooth audio streaming, DAB Digital radio
Exterior Body Features
Body colour door handles, Chrome 'M' logo side designation, Chrome exhaust tailpipe in single, round (Exhaust tailpipe, stainless steel - single, round), Chrome kidney grille frame with Satin Aluminium struts, Fading support, Front door sill finishers in black plastic with BMW designation, High gloss shadow line exterior trim, High gloss shadowline window frame, Recess cover mirror frames and B/C pillar embelisher trim, Lightweight engineering, Matt black air guide grilles, Model designation on right side of tailgate, Shark fin antenna, Visible VIN plate
Automatic headlight beam throw control, Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors, Follow me home headlights, High level third brake light, LED daytime running lights, LED eyebrow turn indicators, LED front fog lights, Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster, Preparation for high beam assistant, Rear fog lights, Welcome lighting
Two zone automatic air conditioning
12V power socket in centre console, 2 cupholders in front centre console, 3 spoke M sports design leather steering wheel finished in nappa leather with specific M badge, Anthracite headlining, Conditioned based service, Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching, Driver side folding compartment in instrument panel, Folding rear clothes hook, Four grab handles integrated in roof lining, Front and rear door pockets, Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim, Front Armrest foldable with integrated storage compartment, Glove compartment, Manual adjust steering wheel, Multi-function controls for steering wheel, Storage compartment in centre console
Connected pack professional - 1 Series, Extended Lighting pack - 1 Series, Extended storage pack - 1 Series, Interior lights pack - 1 Series, Luggage compartment pack - 1 Series, M Sport exterior styling aerodynamics pack - 1 Series
2 tone horn, 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, BMW emergency call, Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp, Driver and front passenger seat belt security check, Front passenger manual airbag deactivation, Rear child proof door locks, Seatbelt warning, Side impact protection, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle and first aid kit
3 rear seat head restraints, Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points, Driver and front passenger seat heating, Folding rear seats, Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment, Height adjustable front head restraints, Rear seat backrest with manual 60:40 split folding with 3 top tether clips integrated on rear of seat panels
Automatic drive away locking facility, Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment, Deadlocking function system to all doors, Locking wheel bolts, Remote control with integrated key with High-gloss Black inlay and M designation and 1 button for open/ close lock, window, open luggage compartment, Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button, Thatcham Cat.1 alarm and immobiliser
Electronic differential lock
Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
|Badge Engine CC:||1.5|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Series:||M Sport|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||22E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||6|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||83|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||87|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||76|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||72|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||24|
|Service Interval Mileage:||18000|
|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|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:||145|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH:||156|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL:||144|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High:||144|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH:||159|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL:||144|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High:||122|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH:||132|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL:||122|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low:||203|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH:||212|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL:||203|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium:||142|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH:||151|
|WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL:||142|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||82|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||94.6|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||TWIN TURBO|
|Number of Valves:||12|
|EC Combined (mpg):||56.5|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||67.3|
|EC Urban (mpg):||44.1|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb:||6.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH:||6.9|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL:||6.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High:||6.3|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH:||7|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL:||6.3|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High:||5.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH:||5.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL:||5.4|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low:||9|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH:||9.3|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL:||8.9|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium:||6.3|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH:||6.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL:||6.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb:||44.1|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH:||40.9|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL:||44.1|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High:||44.8|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH:||40.4|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL:||44.8|
|WLTP - MPG - High:||52.3|
|WLTP - MPG - High - TEH:||48.7|
|WLTP - MPG - High - TEL:||52.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Low:||31.4|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH:||30.4|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL:||31.7|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium:||44.8|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH:||42.8|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL:||44.8|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||8.5|
|Engine Power - BHP:||140|
|Engine Power - KW:||103|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||4600|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||162|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||22.4|
|Engine Torque - NM:||220|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1480|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||WLTP|
|Tyre Size Front:||225/40 R18|
|Tyre Size Rear:||225/40 R18|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Style:||M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 819M|
|Wheel Type:||18" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||2081|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||42|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1870|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1200|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||380|
|Max. Loading Weight:||550|
|Max. Roof Load:||75|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1300|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||695|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11.4|
The third generation 1 Series is at its best in base three cylinder 118i petrol form, reckons Jonathan Crouch.
BMW is a company that always used to try and do 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 once fundamentally built around rear wheel drive but this third generation 1 Series is defiantly front-driven. A package that's claimed to be optimum in the base petrol 118i guise we test here.
Why the change away from front wheel drive here? Well, lots of reasons really. BMW wanted more return for its investment in front-wheel drive architecture. And at the same time, the brand was uncomfortably aware of just how much the packaging limitations of rear wheel drive - cramped space for luggage and back seat passengers - were hobbling the 1 Series in comparison to its more conventional Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class rivals. All of which seemed a bit pointless given BMW's own research showing 80% of 1 Series owners not knowing what end their cars were driven from - and not caring either. The deal was sealed when the Bavarian maker's engineers assured the board that new technology could allow for a switch to front-wheel drive for this car without any real dilution in driving pleasure; we'll see. What's certainly true is that the change in drivetrain format has, as intended, freed up significantly more interior space than the previous 'F20' version of this car could offer, despite the fact that this 'F40'-series design's roadway footprint is much the same. Sounds promising. Time to put this car to the test in volume 118i form.
The switch from rear-driven to a front-driven powertrain might be the headline story here but there's plenty else that's new with the engineering of this third generation 1 series design. The Bavarian maker's aim was to repackage this model to a more conventional formula but deliver that in a very BMW kind of way - and that's essentially how this car has turned out. On the move, you get a grippy, confident sense of purpose that rivals can't quite match, with precise, accurate steering and an agile willingness to change direction. All of it aided by near-perfect weight distribution, a clever new 'ARB' traction control system that more precisely meters out torque and a new 'FAAR' chassis that saves around 25kgs of weight. The ride is somewhat firm, but BMW fans won't mind that, particularly as there's now the option of adaptive suspension on top-spec models. It's quite likely that you'll opt for the base 1.5-litre petrol model we tried, the 140hp 118i variant we're trying here - not least because there aren't any other options if you want a reasonably affordable version of this car that fuels from the green pump. Just as well then, that it's a decent all-round package which offers as much performance as most buyers will probably need, the 62mph sprint occupying 8.5s en route to 132mph. To be frank, we've heard more charismatic three cylinder units, but at least this one's decently refined, bettering a comparable Mercedes A-Class in this regard at highway speeds.
We always wondered what kind of 1 Series BMW's stylists would have come up with if they hadn't been constrained by the need to package around rear-driven mechanicals. In this MK3 model, we have our answer, a hatch that offers a similar roadway footprint to its 'F20' predecessor (it's a mere 5mm shorter), but one delivered to an otherwise very different dimensional formula. Up-front, you're served up a premium slice of cabin architecture borrowed from the current 'G20' 3 Series model, which means it's very nice indeed. Soft-touch surfaces and the solid feel of all the fixtures and fittings is matched on plusher models by things like contrast stitching and intricate 'Extended lighting' door panel strips. There's plenty of luxury segment technology too, particularly if you pay more for the 'Live Cockpit Professional' package, which matches a 10.25-inch virtual instrument binnacle screen with a classy centre-dash iDrive monitor of the same size. There's some clever stuff incorporated into this extra-cost set-up, including what BMW calls an 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', which is there to answer questions you can voice to the car as you drive it. Out back, there's reasonable rear seat space (for two anyway) and a decent 380-litre boot.
Prices open at just over £27,000 for this 118i and you'll choose between the brand's familiar 'SE', 'Sport' and 'M Sport' designations. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, or you can pay £1,350 more to get a dual-clutch 7-speed auto. Even the thriftiest 'SE' trim level gives you plenty; to be specific, 16-inch Star-Spoke alloy wheels, LED headlamps, LED front fog lights, Park Distance Control front and rear parking sensors, heated power mirrors, an alarm and auto headlamps and wipers. There's also a package of 'Active Guard Plus' camera-safety features. Inside, there's automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a braking function, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and a 'Sport' multifunction leather-trimmed steering wheel. In addition, there's the 'Drive Performance Control' system that, via 'ECO PRO', 'Comfort' and 'Sport' modes, allows you to alter throttle response, steering feel and, on an auto model, gearchange timing, all of it better suiting the way you want to drive. You'll want to know about infotainment and media stuff too - there's lots of it. Let's start with the fact that all mainstream 1 Series models come as standard with the brand's 'BMW Live Cockpit Plus' package, which gives you an 8.8-inch centre-dash display, your access point for a navigation system, Bluetooth with audio streaming, 4G LTE connectivity, an on-board computer and a decent quality six-speaker 100-watt DAB stereo. There's also a 5.1-inch display in the instrument cluster and an Intelligent Voice Assistant.
The engine range on offer across this third generation 1 Series line-up may not look very different to what was on offer before, but BMW is keen to point out that every single TwinPower Turbo unit has been subjected to significant efficiency fettling - as was necessary to match a class standard vastly improved since the days of the previous 'F20'-generation model. The three cylinder petrol unit we're trying here in this 118i variant for instance, is 5kgs lighter than it was previously. It all explains why the fuel and CO2 stats delivered by mainstream 1 Series models are now virtually identical to those of directly equivalent Mercedes A-Class variants - we know, we checked. Which is another way of saying that the stats of this BMW are difficult to better in the segment - which wasn't previously the case with this model line. Let's get specific with figures, all of which, as usual, are based around the WLTP readings for fuel and CO2 that see this car in manual form managing up to 49.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 130g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Get it as an auto and figures are much the same.
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. This model will still beat most of its rivals for driver appeal. Just not by such a significant margin as before. But we'll take that, given that this is the first 1 Series with reasonably sleek looks, proper rear passenger space and a decent boot. The cabin's far smarter than it was. And this model is certainly far better prepared than its predecessor in terms of media connectivity and camera-driven safety provision. Now, you'd be able to down-size into it far more easily if it was necessary to do so from a larger BMW model. In summary, 'der Einzer' has become a whole lot more competitive, especially in this 118i guise. About to choose a Mercedes A-Class, an Audi A3 or even a plusher VW Golf? You really ought to try one of these too. You might be surprised just how much you like it.
The third generation 1 Series looks to establish itself as the premium hatch of choice in a hotly-contested sector. Jonathan Crouch drives it.
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. 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.
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 over £27,000 and there's only a single five-door body style. For the 118d diesel variant most will want, think from just under £30,000. The top M135i xDrive flagship is priced from just under £40,000 and gets its own specific trim package. If you can't quite stretch to that, try the sporty 128ti, with 265hp, priced at around £35,500. 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 122g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. For the three cylinder 116d diesel, the figures are up to 61.4mpg and 120g/km. And for the 120d xDrive, you're looking at up to 55.4mpg and up to 135g/km. As for petrol power, well the base three cylinder 118i manages up to 49.6mpg and up to 130g/km, while the top M135i xDrive hot hatch delivers up to 38.2mpg and up to 168g/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.