The BMW 1 Series is BMW’s entry-level compact executive car, first released in 2004. Although the most affordable car in the company's range, the BMW 1 Series comes with a high-quality finish and offers smooth performance. The latest edition of the BMW 1 Series is generally viewed as one of the best premium hatchbacks on sale.
Available as both 3- and 5-door compact hatchbacks with petrol or diesel engines, the BMW 1 Series has a wide choice of interior specifications and finishes. The BMW 1 Series 118d is one of the most popular cars in the range, a 2.0 litre diesel model offering efficiency and decent performance.
For those seeking high performance, there is the BMW M135i x Drive, a car boasting a turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine that accelerates from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds. The original BMW 1 Series was manufactured in hatchback, coupe and convertible styles.
After 2013, the latter two styles were discontinued in the BMW 1 Series, being offered in the group’s 2 Series range instead.
BMW’s 1 Series shares the same platform as the group’s X1 and X2 SUVs, its 2 Series Active Tourer, as well as the Mini Clubman and Mini Countryman.
Is a BMW 1 series expensive to insure? BMW 1 Series insurance groups range from 17 for the relatively cheap diesel BMW 1 Series 116d SE 5d to 36 for the high-performance M135i x Drive, with its powerful 2.0 litre petrol engine.
The Association of British Insurers and Lloyd’s of London jointly set your car’s insurance group from 1 to 50. In theory, the higher the insurance group, the greater your insurance premium will be. You can use Uswitch to shop for BWM 1 Series offers on car insurance.
Both the petrol and diesel engines available with the BMW 1 Series tend to offer good performance and economy: even the speedy petrol BMW 118i M Sport gives you up to 46 miles per gallon (mpg).
Meanwhile, a BMW 1 Series diesel engine is capable of up to 60 miles per gallon. The turbocharged 2.0 litre petrol-powered BMW M135i offers a much lower 36 miles per gallon.
The BMW 1 Series scores high marks for safety.
vulnerable road users: 76%
The BMW 1 Series registered a substantial rise in UK registrations in 2019, as one of group’s most popular cars.
The BMW 1 Series is the smallest and most affordable BMW on the market.