BMW 1 Series
Now in its second generation, the BMW 1 Series packs the style, performance and appeal of the popular German brand into a compact and relatively affordable package. Efficient diesel and petrol engines give it surprisingly low running costs - something you may not expect from this traditionally sporty manufacturer. If you like to cut a dash and don’t require lots of passenger and luggage space, the 1 Series is an excellent choice.
- Great to drive
- Frugal engines
- Top-class interior
- Cramped rear seats
- Cheaper rivals
- Big petrol engines expensive to run
The BMW 1 Series is now offered only as a three or five-door hatchback. What was previously the BMW 1 Series Coupe has now been renamed the BMW 2 Series. The wide choice of engines is one of this car's greatest strengths – from the frugal 114i petrol for low-mileage motorists, to the excellent diesels for motorway drivers and the thrilling M135i performance model for petrolheads, there's a 1 Series to suit almost everyone. On the downside, there are larger and more practical hatchbacks available, and as it's rear-wheel drive, it can struggle a bit in wintry conditions.