Bmw Bmw 1 Series Hatchback 118i [136] M Sport 5dr Step Auto [LCP]

On board computer
Personal Profile
BMW emergency call
BMW Teleservices
Attentiveness assist
Active guard plus
Optimum shift indicator
Oil sensor for level and grade
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Eco pro mode
Pull away assistant
Integrated owners handbook
BMW ConnectedDrive online services
Rigidly mounted rear subframe - Multi link construction with separate spring / damper configuration and excellent driving characteristics
Front axle single joint with specific axle kinematics to minimise drive influences on steering + provide increased rigidity agile driving behaviour
Speed limit Info including no-overtaking indicator
DAB Digital radio
Body colour door handles
High level third brake light
Automatic dimming rear view mirror
Follow me home headlights
Automatic headlight beam throw control
Welcome lighting
LED daytime running lights
Body colour mirror caps
LED front fog lights
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
Rear fog lights
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Rear window wiper
Lightweight engineering
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
Chrome 'M' logo side designation
Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
Body colour roof trims
Fading support
Matt black air guide grilles
Chrome kidney grille frame with Satin Aluminium struts
Front door sill finishers in black plastic with M designation in metallic look
High gloss shadowline window frame, Recess cover mirror frames and B/C pillar embelisher trim
LED eyebrow turn indicators
Preparation for high beam assistant
Folding side mirrors with auto dimming/folding wing mirrors with auto dimming
Automatic windscreen wipers and automatic headlight
Integrated front windscreen with washer jets
Model designation on electric bootlid
Trailer stabilisation logic
Chrome exhaust twin tailpipes round 90mm in left
Matt black wheel arch trim
Front sports seats
Height adjustable front head restraints
3 rear seat head restraints
Anthracite headlining
Manual adjust steering wheel
Glove compartment
Front armrest
Multi-function controls for steering wheel
Folding rear clothes hook
Storage compartment in centre console
Front and rear door pockets with bottle holders
Conditioned based service
Driver and front passenger seat heating
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
Two zone automatic air conditioning
Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
12V power socket in front centre console with blanking plug
3 spoke sports leather steering wheel with black leather and stitching, pearl chrome decorative finish, specific M Badge
Two front centre console cupholders
Floor mats in anthracite velour with contrasting colour seam to match contrast stitching on instrument panel
Luggage compartment for bag hooks on left and right, foldable luggage compartment liner and two lashing eyelets
Interior lights pack - 1 Series
Connected pack professional - 1 Series
M Sport exterior styling aerodynamics pack - 1 Series
Additional interior lighting pack - 1 Series
Additional storage compartment pack - 1 Series
BMW live cockpit professional pack- 1 Series
Additional storage compartment pack with code 493 -1 series
Side impact protection
Seatbelt warning
Cornering brake control
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Brake drying
Front and rear disc brakes
2 tone horn
Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Braking readiness
3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners, stopper and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
Child proof locking system in rear door
Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Airbags - Front driver/passenger, front and rear curtain head protection, front side, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag
Electrically operated hand brake including automatic hold function
Comfort modes
Locking wheel bolts
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Thatcham Cat.1 alarm and immobiliser
Deadlocking function system to all doors
Remote control with integrated key with High-gloss Black inlay and M designation and 1 button for open/ close lock, window, open luggage compartment
Drive away locking system on all doors and luggage compartment with de-activated in iDrive settings
Wheel slip limitation close to the actuator (ARB)
Start/stop button illuminated in centre console with keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
M sport suspension
Anti roll bar front and rear
Electronic differential lock
Drive Performance Control
Petrol Particulate Filter
High precision injection
Balancer shaft
Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve
VALVETRONIC engine management
Aluminium lightweight construction
Double VANOS twin scroll turbocharging system
7 speed automatic transmission with double clutch technology
Contrast stitching on instrument panel
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
Electrically powered 12V compressor
CO2 134
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1499
Compression Ratio 2081
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 550
Gears 7
Transmission Automatic
Combined 47.90
Urban 47.90
Extra Urban 44.10
Badge Engine CC 1499
Badge Power 136.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 8.52
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 8.80
Engine BHP 136.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1320
Engine Torque 220.00
Top Speed 132
Front Tyres 225/40 R18
Rear Tyres 225/40 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1434
Length 4319
Wheel Base 2670
Width 1799
Fuel Tank Size 42.00
Weight 1870
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1320
Towing Weight Unbraked 695
Number Of Seats 5

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.

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Head up Display £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Lane departure warning system Standard (ex. VAT)
Cruise control with brake assist Standard (ex. VAT)
Front and rear parking sensors Standard (ex. VAT)
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging £291.67 (ex. VAT)
M Sports steering £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Electric power steering with Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges Standard (ex. VAT)
Park assist including reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and reversing assist camera £291.67 (ex. VAT)
Electric bootlid £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Bluetooth / WiFi interface for wireless connection of mobile terminal devices and audio streaming Standard (ex. VAT)
Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf + 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats Standard (ex. VAT)
BMW gesture control £250.00 (ex. VAT)
Harman/Kardon surround sound audio system with 464W amplifier power, 9 channels and 16 speakers £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £466.67 (ex. VAT)
Towbar with detachable ball £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Sun protection glass £250.00 (ex. VAT)
Electric panoramic glass sunroof £833.33 (ex. VAT)
LED Headlights Standard (ex. VAT)
Individual metallic paint £466.67 (ex. VAT)
BMW adaptive LED headlights £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Heated steering wheel £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Split folding rear seats £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Electric front seat adjustment - drivers with memory £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Manual adjust driver/passenger seats Standard (ex. VAT)
Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Luggage compartment separating nets £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Rear seat backrest with manual 60:40 split folding with 3 top tether clips integrated on rear of seat panels Standard (ex. VAT)
Comfort pack 2 - 1 Series £1250.00 (ex. VAT)
Driving assistant pack - 1 Series £833.33 (ex. VAT)
Solid - Alpine white Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Mineral grey £466.67 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Black sapphire £466.67 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Misano blue £466.67 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Melbourne red £466.67 (ex. VAT)
Individual metallic paint - Storm Bay £466.67 (ex. VAT)
City braking function Standard (ex. VAT)
Comfort access system £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Larger fuel tank capacity (50 litres) £41.67 (ex. VAT)
42 Litre fuel tank Standard (ex. VAT)
Dakota leather - Mocha Standard (ex. VAT)
Dakota leather - Black with blue highlight Standard (ex. VAT)
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Illuminated Berlin interior trim Standard (ex. VAT)
Illuminated Boston interior trim Standard (ex. VAT)
Space saver spare wheel £125.00 (ex. VAT)
BMW mobility system Standard (ex. VAT)
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On board computer
Personal Profile
BMW emergency call
BMW Teleservices
Attentiveness assist
Active guard plus
Optimum shift indicator
Oil sensor for level and grade
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Eco pro mode
Pull away assistant
Integrated owners handbook
BMW ConnectedDrive online services
Rigidly mounted rear subframe - Multi link construction with separate spring / damper configuration and excellent driving characteristics
Front axle single joint with specific axle kinematics to minimise drive influences on steering + provide increased rigidity agile driving behaviour
Speed limit Info including no-overtaking indicator
DAB Digital radio
Body colour door handles
High level third brake light
Automatic dimming rear view mirror
Follow me home headlights
Automatic headlight beam throw control
Welcome lighting
LED daytime running lights
Body colour mirror caps
LED front fog lights
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
Rear fog lights
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Rear window wiper
Lightweight engineering
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
Chrome 'M' logo side designation
Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
Body colour roof trims
Fading support
Matt black air guide grilles
Chrome kidney grille frame with Satin Aluminium struts
Front door sill finishers in black plastic with M designation in metallic look
High gloss shadowline window frame, Recess cover mirror frames and B/C pillar embelisher trim
LED eyebrow turn indicators
Preparation for high beam assistant
Folding side mirrors with auto dimming/folding wing mirrors with auto dimming
Automatic windscreen wipers and automatic headlight
Integrated front windscreen with washer jets
Model designation on electric bootlid
Trailer stabilisation logic
Chrome exhaust twin tailpipes round 90mm in left
Matt black wheel arch trim
Front sports seats
Height adjustable front head restraints
3 rear seat head restraints
Anthracite headlining
Manual adjust steering wheel
Glove compartment
Front armrest
Multi-function controls for steering wheel
Folding rear clothes hook
Storage compartment in centre console
Front and rear door pockets with bottle holders
Conditioned based service
Driver and front passenger seat heating
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
Two zone automatic air conditioning
Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
12V power socket in front centre console with blanking plug
3 spoke sports leather steering wheel with black leather and stitching, pearl chrome decorative finish, specific M Badge
Two front centre console cupholders
Floor mats in anthracite velour with contrasting colour seam to match contrast stitching on instrument panel
Luggage compartment for bag hooks on left and right, foldable luggage compartment liner and two lashing eyelets
Interior lights pack - 1 Series
Connected pack professional - 1 Series
M Sport exterior styling aerodynamics pack - 1 Series
Additional interior lighting pack - 1 Series
Additional storage compartment pack - 1 Series
BMW live cockpit professional pack- 1 Series
Additional storage compartment pack with code 493 -1 series
Side impact protection
Seatbelt warning
Cornering brake control
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Brake drying
Front and rear disc brakes
2 tone horn
Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Braking readiness
3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners, stopper and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
Child proof locking system in rear door
Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Airbags - Front driver/passenger, front and rear curtain head protection, front side, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag
Electrically operated hand brake including automatic hold function
Comfort modes
Locking wheel bolts
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Thatcham Cat.1 alarm and immobiliser
Deadlocking function system to all doors
Remote control with integrated key with High-gloss Black inlay and M designation and 1 button for open/ close lock, window, open luggage compartment
Drive away locking system on all doors and luggage compartment with de-activated in iDrive settings
Wheel slip limitation close to the actuator (ARB)
Start/stop button illuminated in centre console with keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
M sport suspension
Anti roll bar front and rear
Electronic differential lock
Drive Performance Control
Petrol Particulate Filter
High precision injection
Balancer shaft
Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve
VALVETRONIC engine management
Aluminium lightweight construction
Double VANOS twin scroll turbocharging system
7 speed automatic transmission with double clutch technology
Contrast stitching on instrument panel
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
Electrically powered 12V compressor
CO2 134
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1499
Compression Ratio 2081
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 550
Gears 7
Transmission Automatic
Combined 47.90
Urban 47.90
Extra Urban 44.10
Badge Engine CC 1499
Badge Power 136.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 8.52
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 8.80
Engine BHP 136.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1320
Engine Torque 220.00
Top Speed 132
Front Tyres 225/40 R18
Rear Tyres 225/40 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1434
Length 4319
Wheel Base 2670
Width 1799
Fuel Tank Size 42.00
Weight 1870
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1320
Towing Weight Unbraked 695
Number Of Seats 5

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.

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All leased vehicles must be returned fully maintained within manufacturer's recommended guidelines. Below is an estimated cost comparison of what you might have to pay based on your requested contract terms.
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To potentially save money, have peace of mind and ease of budgeting, choose add maintenance to proceed.

*Figures are a representative example and may vary depending on driving style and conditions please speak to a member of the sales team for more information

Blue Chilli Car Leasing believes all customers should have the opportunity to take advantage of fixed maintenance cover.

So what are the benefits?

  • Planned fixed cost budgeting
  • No unexpected maintenance costs
  • Protection from rising inflation costs

What’s included?

  • Mechanical and electrical repairs or replacements, including associated parts and labour due to fair wear and tear
  • Bulbs, Batteries, Exhausts, Cam belts, Wiper blades, Alternators, Starter Motors
  • MOT tests
  • Premium Branded tyre replacements including valve and balance*

*Some of our partner funders do not cover damage through punctures or vandalism/deliberate damage. Please ask if you require more details.