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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:BMW 1 Series

Overall verdict
A brilliant premium hatch that appeals to both keen drivers and the economically minded.


Well engineered, great to drive, good image, facelift makes it much prettier


Still a bit small in the back


What is it?

BMW has taken heed to critics of the 1 Series, who grumbled that the looks were challenging and the engine range spiralling. Solution? Its biggest facelift ever, introducing a far sharper nose, a much nicer rear end and some stonking new engines that further its performance and eco credentials over rivals. The BMW 1 Series has never been better.

It still comes in three-door and five-door guise, with badges aligned to the BMW 2 Series (so they bear little relation to engine capacity…) and BMW’s simplified the trim line-up. The old one was a top 10 best-seller regular. BMW’s aiming for more of the same with this.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
M140i 3dr [Nav] Step Auto
4.6s 168g/km 38.2 340 £35,430
The cheapest
118i [1.5] SE 3dr [Nav/Servotronic]
8.5s 134g/km 47.9 136 £22,790
The greenest
116d EfficientDynamics Plus 3dr [Servotronic]
10.4s 89g/km 83.1 116 £22,835
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