BMW 1 Series Review
The BMW 1 series has been around since 2004 and comes in four different body styles; 3 and 5 door hatchback, coupe and convertible. In this article we will be concentrating on the hatchback version.
The BMW 1 Series was shares many elements with its big brother the larger 3 Series and the model was originally conceived to provide a lower entry point into the BMW range as the 3 Series moved gradually up-market
BMW’s are always perceived as “driver’s cars” and the 1 series is no exception, with superb performance and great handling.
Of course a great “driver’s car” may not necessarily allow for a great passenger experience with the cramped rear and hard ride proving problematic on long journeys. The practicalities of a small boot space may also be a problem for some.
With the 1 series hatchback BMW offer 34 variations ranging from the 3 door 116i ES / Sport petrol at 122bhp and £17,610 to the 5 door 123d diesel at 204bhp and £26,535. The range breaks down as follows;
|Model||Doors||Engine||Output||BMW OTR Price|
|116i M Sport||3||petrol||122||£20,405|
|116i M Sport||5||petrol||122||£20,940|
|116d M Sport||3||diesel||116||£21,585|
|116d M Sport||5||diesel||116||£22,130|
|118i M Sport||3||petrol||143||£22,345|
|118d M Sport||3||diesel||143||£22,735|
|118i M Sport||5||petrol||143||£22,890|
|118d M Sport||5||diesel||143||£23,280|
|120d M Sport||3||diesel||177||£24,160|
|120d M Sport||5||diesel||177||£24,705|
|123 d M Sport||3||diesel||204||£25,985|
|123 d M Sport||5||diesel||204||£26,535|
BMW 1 Series Review
So what does the trade think?
Diesel derivatives the best, they are good value holders though will be a high price at a year old. The appeal is colour sensitive and must have the comfort pack to maximize profit.
Versions with leather seats are the best sellers (£990 optional extra) .
Automatic transmission (not available on the 116d ES, SE and M-sport and as an optional extra on all other models for £1,460 and £1,545 (mounted gearshift paddles) on 123d) are highly sought after in the trade.
Good model line up and destined to be a vital car in the BMW line up as a multipurpose medium sized hatchback, although the rather basic lower end models will struggle for a market unless priced realistically.