BMW 1-Series Hatchback (2011 -) Buying & Selling

Review by Simon McBride on
Last Updated: 08 Feb 2016
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but you would have to be a bit of BMW fan to believe the original 1 Series was a good looking hatchback. In fact its long bonnet and rounded rear-end made it look as though it had been prodded a little with the ugly stick.

3 out of 5

Buying new

  • Don’t expect a discount from the BMW dealer
  • Try to get some options added instead
  • Be careful when picking accessories

Discounts from BMW dealers are rare. If you are lucky you might get a deal from a broker or car supermarket. The best bet is to haggle and get a few options thrown in when you are with the franchise dealer. Be careful when you start ticking the option boxes as this could soon push the price of the car up.

Buy a new BMW 1-Series Hatchback and save 20% on selected models

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

The diesel models will be the easiest to find on the used market as these are likely to be the biggest sellers.

Buyers can also find cars through the manufacturer's approved used system, if they want extra peace of mind, but do remember to check the car over thoroughly.

If you do buy privately then make sure you get a full history check and ensure that the car comes with all the other vital documents.

See 3,619 used BMW 1-Series Hatchbacks for sale, starting at £5,000

4 out of 5


The 1 Series styling isn't to everyone's taste but it’s a BMW and that makes it desirable. The diesel models in SE trim will be the most popular and will hold on to their value well. The 120d SE should be worth around 51 percent of its original price after three years/30,000 miles.