BMW 1-Series

BMW 1-Series Parkers 2015-07-07

The BMW 1-Series was launched in 2004 and is now in its second incarnation. It is the spiritual successor to the 3-Series compact as the German car maker’s medium-sized hatchback offering.

  • BMW 1-Series M Coupe (11-11)
  • BMW 1-Series Hatchback (11-19)
  • BMW 1-Series Convertible (08-13)
  • BMW 1-Series Coupe (07-13)
  • BMW 1-Series Hatchback (04-11)

The BMW 1-Series was launched in 2004 and is now in its second incarnation. It is the spiritual successor to the 3-Series compact as the German car maker’s medium-sized hatchback offering.

First generation cars were available in either three or five door hatchback shape, as well as a coupe or convertible.

Later models are offered only as a hatchback, with the compact coupe and convertible now known as the 2-Series.

The only hatchback of its size with rear wheel drive means the 1-Series has something that the Mercedes-Benz CLCVolkswagen Golf and Audi A3 do not. It also benefits from balanced weight distribution thanks to an inline engine layout and is considered the driver’s choice thanks to its dynamic performance.

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Most Popular New and Used Model Reviews

BMW 1-Series Hatchback 2019 on

Not Yet Rated

BMW 1-Series Hatchback 2019 on

New price range:
£24,385 - £39,100

Used price range:
£17,784 - £31,680

BMW 1-Series Hatchback 2011 - 2019

4.5 out of 5
BMW 1-Series Hatchback 2011 - 2019

New price range:
£17,775 - £40,460

Used price range:
£2,695 - £28,749

  • Better looking than the previous model
  • Fun to drive
  • Superb fuel economy with diesel engines
  • Cramped in the rear
  • Deals will be few and far between

BMW 1-Series Coupe 2007 - 2013

4.5 out of 5
BMW 1-Series Coupe 2007 - 2013

New price range:
£21,960 - £34,620

Used price range:
£1,900 - £14,377

A delight to drive, good choice of efficient engines, superb build quality
Tricky access to rear seats, styling ungainly from some angles

BMW 1-Series Competitors

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Audi TT

Audi TT

Audi A3

Audi A3