BMW 1 Series hatchback
Price: £17,775 - £31,365
- Great to drive
- Economical engines
- Quality interior
- Not as spacious as a VW Golf
- Expensive options
- Poor Driver Power survey result
The latest second-generation BMW 1 Series is more spacious inside than its much-criticised predecessor.
Now, this affordable and desirable entry-level BMW offers a truly outstanding range of frugal diesel and petrol and is jam-packed with more equipment and accessories than ever before. Plus, it's still one of the most enjoyable cars in this class to drive.
You get more space inside and a bigger boot, which means it can really compete with its mainstream rivals, the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, but still take on the premium competition of the Mercedes A-Class and Audi A3 too.
If you add the optional adaptive dampers then it's comfy on long drives, and a well-built interior makes it a genuinely pleasurable place to be, too. All the engines are powerful and responsive, with the M135i accelerating from 0-62mph in under five seconds.