When it comes to a family car, the BMW 1 Series is most certainly unique. In a populated sea of rivals, the 1 Series is available with a rear-wheel drive, so this is genuinely one of a kind. Boasting an entertaining, high quality drive with a range of engines that begin by being extremely economical to extremely quick – the BMW 1 Series really does have it all. All the engines are strong performers, with the diesels offering good low-rev flexibility and the range-topping M140i celebrating a truly rapid hatchback.
Whether you’re searching for a petrol or diesel engine, find an efficient 89g/km 115d EfficientDynamics Plus to the powerful 335bhp M140i. At the entry-level specification, the 1 Series offers 16-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen with iDrive, multi-mode Drive Performance Control (DPC), DAB radio, Bluetooth, front fog lights, air conditioning, rain sensor and automatic headlights. Next up is the Sport trim which increases its wheel size to 17-inch alloys, ambient lighting, an extra Sport+ mode on the DPC system, sports seats and instrument cluster on the inside, and a host of sports upgrades on the outside. Following this, the M Sport offers 18-inch alloys, M Sport suspension, M aerodynamic styling and a wealth of interior and exterior enhancements. To finish an outstanding range, the M Sport Shadow Edition stands out with its black and darkened cosmetic touches including dark chrome tailpipes and black kidney grille, more so, the Shadow Edition boasts cruise control with braking function, a Harman Kardon speaker system, park distance control, M Sport brakes and sun protection glass.
The 1 Series prides itself on being well-built and having an excellent safety rating, taking the lead against its rivals for its balanced rear-wheel drive, sharp responses and composed cornering, impressive agility and smooth ride on the road. Choose from a standard six-speed manual gearbox or opt for an eight-speed automatic when purchasing a higher-powered model (120d upwards), offering smooth and quick shifting meaning you stay in the engines sweet spot most of the time. You will notice the added benefit of peace as BMW have muted most of the diesel clatter, making the three-cylinder diesel remarkably smooth, both at idle and full speed. On top of this, keep fuel consumption low as all 1 Series models include an ECO PRO mode to encourage economical driving.
The 1 Series impresses with its wide stance, LED taillights, larger exhaust pipes and slightly flared wheel arches giving the car a more sportier flair than the average hatchback. Notably features include a leather-trimmed steering wheel, chunky controls, stylish dashboard, high-gloss, metal and leather finishes resulting in an impressive interior to match its exterior. Extras include adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, climate control, adaptive headlights and user-programmable buttons to personalise your front face to navigate through your 6.5 or 8.8-inch screen. The BMW 1 Series is a brilliant premium hatchback that appeals to both economically minded and keen drivers with outstanding engines, rewarding dynamics and exceptional safety ratings to give your family and passengers the smoothest, safest ride for wherever you are going!