BMW 1-Series

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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 Convertible (08-13)
  • BMW 1-Series Coupé (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 2011 on

4.5 out of 5
BMW 1-Series Hatchback 2011 on

New price range:
£22,450 - £37,125

Used price range:
£4,241 - £29,040

  • 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 M Coupe 2011 - 2011

5 out of 5
BMW 1-Series M Coupe 2011 - 2011

New price range:
£39,440

Used price range:
£55,422 - £62,054

Brilliant handling, stunning acceleration, great cruising car, a five star 'M' car
Central armrest is irritating when flat, high running costs, high emissions

BMW 1-Series Hatchback 2004 - 2011

4.5 out of 5
BMW 1-Series Hatchback 2004 - 2011

New price range:
£15,845 - £31,600

Used price range:
£1,158 - £8,547

  • Great to drive
  • Excellent diesels
  • Newer cars come with Efficient Dynamics
  • Space in the rear is tight
  • Styling not to everyones taste

BMW 1-Series Competitors

Audi TT

Audi TT

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Audi A3

Audi A3