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BMW 1-Series Hatchback 120d SE 5d (2012/12)

BMW 1-Series Hatchback 120d SE 5d (2012/12) - Owner Review

It's not an overly practical car but I can still seat 2 in the back and get a lot in the boot.

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Review submitted by
Richard Snashall on

BMW 1-Series Hatchback (11-19)


5 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I'm a driving enthusiast and haven't followed the herd and got a 3 Series or a Golf.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They all love it.

Would you buy this car again and why?
I would but I'd get it with auto.

What are you likely to buy next?
Possibly a mark 7 Golf GTI as I just can't resist GTIs!

Buying experience

5 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
March 2012

Did you get a good deal and why?
I think I got a great deal - I got 10% off the list price, and managed to negotiate 5 years servicing, tyre & gap insurance and paint protection all for free. I also got very low rate finance.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Combination of strong performance and good economy and low running costs.

What was the dealer like?
Excellent, couldn't do enough to help me and even sent me a free ipod/iphone Y cable in the post after I'd bought the car.

Driving it

5 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Very good thanks to rear wheel drive set up, compliant suspension and strong performance in all gears. The manual gearbox is a big improvement on the old model.

What's it like to park?
Easy since I have front and rear parking sensors.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Nothing so far.

What's most practical about your car?
It's not an overly practical car but I can still seat 2 in the back and get a lot in the boot.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Eco pro and sport drive modes are great and i-drive is very use to use.

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