Used BMW 1-Series Hatchback (2004 - 2011) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 30 Jul 2008
4.5
The unusual looks of the BMW 1-Series may not have been universally acclaimed when it was first launched but the hatchback has become a hugely popular model. Good to drive and with a great choice of engines it's is the cheapest way of owning a BMW.
BMW 1-Series Hatchback (04-11)
  • Great to drive
  • Excellent diesels
  • Newer cars come with Efficient Dynamics
  • Space in the rear is tight
  • Styling not to everyones taste

New price range:

£15,845 - £31,600

Used price range:

£958 - £7,718

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

The unusual looks of the BMW 1-Series may not have been universally acclaimed when it was first launched but the hatchback has become a hugely popular model. Good to drive and with a great choice of engines it's is the cheapest way of owning a BMW. In 2007 the line-up was further improved with a range of fuel-saving measures called Efficient Dynamics.

Fitted to all models, drivers will hardly notice any difference but both fuel economy and emissions are significantly lowered. Up to 60mpg is offered on diesel models while all four-cylinder engines have increased power along with improved efficiency. There are more practical cars available for the money but none are as engaging to drive as the 1-Series.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

4.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying used

2 out of 5

Selling

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 To be honest not much as its great a little runaround however its very limited on storage space in the front and very cramped in the rear.  

5 out of 5

Alpesh Gopal ,   24 Jul 2015    ... read more

 It's a hatchback, practical boot with fold down seats.  

4 out of 5

Jonathan Lewis ,   09 Dec 2014    ... read more

 Not much! Useful acceleration for overtaking. 50MPG.  

5 out of 5

Oliver Reville ,   05 Dec 2014    ... read more

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