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BMW 1 Series owner reviews

"The front-wheel drive BMW 1 Series is great to drive and now has more space, making it a great all-rounder"

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

5.0 out of 5

100%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 4reviews

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    Owner Review

    5 out of 5

    Version

    M135i

    Year of registration

    2020

    Average annual mileage

    5,000 – 9,999

    Owned

    Less than a year

    Bought Car

    Used

    Typical MPG

    36
    Review
    I've downsized from a BMW 330d xDrive Touring, but I’m delighted with the M135i. It’s a very refined car, with a magnificent docile but powerful engine. Handling is first rate and ride comfort, not quite 3 Series but perfectly adequate and it’s easier to park with amazing parking aids and electronic gizmos.

    Owner Review

    5 out of 5

    Version

    M135i

    Year of registration

    2019

    Average annual mileage

    0 – 4,999

    Owned

    Less than a year

    Bought Car

    Used

    Typical MPG

    39
    Review
    First and foremost I can understand the owners of the previous M140i mourning the loss of the iconic 3 litre six-cylinder engine. Now after 2,000 miles from my first review, I do believe the M135i new generation car is objectively a better car. The previous car was apt to break traction on a wet and greasy road - fun when you want it to be but for me having the back end slide on a cold wet Monday morning joining the M25 was never a good start to my day - maybe I am getting old! Georg Kacher famed auto journo states 'this BMW is sensational', could not agree more. The only negative, that I have is the voice activation command which tends to be a bit hit or miss, mainly a miss in my experience.

    Owner Review

    5 out of 5

    Version

    M135i X Drive

    Year of registration

    2019

    Average annual mileage

    5,000 – 9,999

    Owned

    Less than a year

    Bought Car

    Used

    Typical MPG

    39
    Review
    Downsized from BMW 435D Gran Coupe XDrive and do not feel 'short changed' in any way. Impressed by the in car quality and tech, I have the M135i Plus Pack and the Tech pack 1 - both worth having. Yes it is FWD biased but none the worse for it , in fact steering feel is excellent . AWD capability is excellent in recent wet winter weather . Engine is powerful with plenty of torque, apparently engine is manufactured at Hams Hall, Warwickshire - well done to the folks there! Overall, very impressed with the car and that front grille treatment does grow on you over time.

    Owner Review

    5 out of 5

    Version

    M140i Shadow Edition 5dr

    Year of registration

    2018

    Average annual mileage

    10,000 – 14,999

    Owned

    1 - 2 years

    Bought Car

    Used

    Typical MPG

    31.5
    Review
    By far the best car I’ve ever driven. On normal daily trips it’s as easy to drive as any car I’ve owned. Once you open it up and give it a bit of road it’s thrilling. The power is relentless. Getting 31.5mpg on average which I think from a 335bhp car is impressive. The interior is excellent and the upgraded Harmon/Kardon sound system is outstanding.
    Reliability

    5 out of 5

    No issues at all since getting the car in November 2018.
    Performance

    5 out of 5

    Brilliant in all areas
    Running Cost
    Road tax is cheap at £145 a year for this sort of engine. Petrol is expensive compared to previous cars I’ve had, with a full tank costing around £50 and getting about 280miles.

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