BMW 1 Series hatchback (2011-2019): owner reviews

"The BMW 1 Series isn’t cheap, but superb engines and handling help justify its price, as does its premium interior"

Carbuyer Rating

3.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.5 out of 5

65%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 6reviews
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  • 3reviews
  • 6reviews
  • 2reviews

Common Problems

  • Other (9 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (4 cases)
  • Engine, Suspension (1 cases)
  • Electrics (4 cases)
  • Suspension (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine, Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Engine (1 cases)
  • Engine, Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Other (1 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch, Suspension (1 cases)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

116i F20

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
First let me start of with this: if you buy a BMW for the badge, you're doing it wrong. Any BMW is a drivers car, meaning you'll probably get less 'luxury' than it's rivals but more fun and feeling than any other. Don't buy a BMW because you're intriged by it's fame or to make you're neighbour jealous. Buy a BMW when you want your rides to be more fun. What can you expect? Well first of all you do get a basic sense of luxury, maybe not as much as it's rivals but good enough. You do have to get options because a standard BMW is quite poorly equipped. Keep in mind that BMW offers a lot of safety options they don't brag about. I'm talking extra airbags (icw golf 6), standard ABS, ESP, hill assist, DTC and many more. Some manufacturers make this optional, BMW makes it standard. But none of it's rivals (not meaning same priced cars) offer the same stability on the road, sporty feeling or cornering abilities. Don't be fooled by the RWD, it offers a lot more safety/stability on the road. This follows the old slogan "freude am fahren". Furthermore you can expect a good, proper build with quality materials. Bare in mind that every manufacturer has it's problems and it's possible you stumble on some issues. After more than a year of owning, I still enjoy every ride, it has a good power output (kW and Nm) and is most certainly a proper and decent car. For people who don't care about cars: you'll be amazed (but what do you really care?) For people who like comfort and gadgets: unless you've got the money, don't buy For people who like sporty cars: definitely buy it! Just be honest to yourself, don't buy it if you've owned a bigger car, or a more powerful car. Question yourself asking: what do I really expect? And if you then decide to buy it, you won't be disappointed!
Performance
The N13 engine in specific is a very potent engine. If you're missing power, run to a local tuner and have it tuned. This does not mean putting spoilers and flashy colors on it, this means engine tuning. You don't like tuning? Every modern car is tuned... by it's manufacterer.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Going to the dealer is expensive BUT there a lot of non-official dealers who can get OEM parts so that's a 'cheaper' way.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

125i m sport

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Great runaround , bought mainly for the very good auto gearbox, fantastic changes , and with decent power . Similar size inside with seats down to Focus for tip runs , not the quietest inside due to run flat tyre road noise. couldn't face enduring a diesel , mpg is of no concern , I don't live in that world
Reliability

5 out of 5

No Problems
Performance
decent power , vague handling, not a country lane blaster
Running Cost

5 out of 5

its ok on fuel , but never look I just add petrol when needed

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

convertable

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
the fuel pump exploded which meant that there were metal filings right through the fuel system and the injectors,fuel lines,fuel tank and pump had to be replaced and the cost was 8k. BMWs cop out was that it was caused by fuel contamination and not by a fit for purpose fuel pump that had only done 52k miles!!!
Reliability

4 out of 5

Never let me down until the fuel pump exploded
Performance

4 out of 5

The model was the 123 and was very rapid when you used the paddles but I don't think the fuel pump was man enough for the performance
Running Cost

3 out of 5

expensive when running around the houses and not a big enough tank on a long run

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

46
Review
Great car to drive with superb handling. Plenty of options and love ConnectedDrive.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

116D

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
This is the 2nd 1 Series I have owned and would not recommend any one to buy one. My 1st car bought brand new had numerous problems including electrical problems, leaking floors and too many other things to mention. The worst problem was it needed the timing chain replacing within less than 12 months. There was no warning, the car just literally stopped in the middle of the road!! The chain was replaced under warranty twice but went again out of warranty and cost me a fortune. I thought I had been unlucky and got a rogue car so stupidly traded the first one in for a slightly different model. This time the clutch is one of the various problems. It was replaced under warranty but has just gone again out of warranty. I have only done 28,000 miles and have never worn out a clutch before but the BMW dealer is insisting there is no fault and I will have to pay!! I feel totally ripped off. It is obviously a fault but how can I prove it? I had always wanted a BMW and loved my original car until all the problems started. I feel so upset that I have given them a 2nd chance and now face a huge bill. The people at the dealership are so condescending. Do not buy a 1 Series it will cost you stress, inconvenience and money.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

118d Urban auto

Year of registration

2011

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

52
Review
Great car with best auto gearbox I've driven. Hubby hates autos but has decided to buy a BMW with an auto as he's so impressed with mine. Bought from a family member who luckily got carried away with the extras. Xenons look great and I find the adaptive headlights and assisted full beam very useful. No issue with run flats, plus rear tyres lasted 30,000 miles. Rear space is adequate for my young family - I'm pretty sure I will be sticking with BMWs in the future.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1 Series Coupe 118d Exclusive Edition

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
I have had this car little over a month (One Series Coupe Exclusive Edition 118d). Thought I would buy the 13 plate as a lot of people said the previous 1 series model had problems with the timing chain. Low and behold took it to BMW today and they have had to have it till the end of the week as the timing chain needs replacing. Bit annoying as the car has only done 8000 miles! Thank goodness it was covered by warranty otherwise they said it would have cost me £1800!! But the BMW service was exceptional. They were so helpful and because they had no BMW's for me to borrow, the manager authorised BMW to fit the bill for a hire car for the week for me. To be honest the car is absolutely brilliant, took me a little while to get used to rear wheel drive but my god, it moves and handles like a dream! I love this car but the fact the timing chain has already needed to be changed worries me slightly.
Performance
Very fast little car, handles brilliantly.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

£30 tax a year and so so economical.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

58
Review
No problems

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Review
Ok
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Good

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
Excellent

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Very economical and practical for everyday use
Running Cost

5 out of 5

One of the cheapest with the power available

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Quoteed mpg is just not achieveable no matter how careful you derive - quote at 49mpg, bust I achieve is 33mpg

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

42
Review
Doesn't break down but too many problems (knocking rear suspension replaced, lots of rattles inside)
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Ok but less than advertised

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Review
No problems at all
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Good economy and performance

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47
Review
Good quality of build
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Economical car for the engine size

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

53
Review
no problems so far but only 5000 miles
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Bought the 5 years service for Ł300

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Running Cost

5 out of 5

For its performance, the running costs are amazingly cheap

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

118d

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

38
Review
I had the 118d M Sport with upgraded alloys and heated leather sports seats. I used the car for commuting, short and long trips. I purchased the car at 46k miles and sold it at 79k miles. I must say in that time the engine, mechanics and electrics didn’t let me down at all! I had the best five years with the 1 Series, it made me smile every time I drove it!
Reliability
The only disadvantage I found on the 1 Series is that by 80k miles the gearbox oil often starts to leak and if you have a diesel it would need a long journey every fortnight. Besides that, the car is well reliable, fun to drive and has reasonable practicality.
Performance

5 out of 5

The driving experience is smooth, the M Sport model holds the road well and it never failed to impress me with its great handling and rapid acceleration. It is agile, nippy and overall very fun to drive!
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Great running cost often gave me 38-46mpg locally and can go up to 60mpg on the motorway.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

120i

Year of registration

65

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Review
Fantastic Car. Far better than all reviews. Sport comfort and eco are all accommodated with this car. Lots of power matching if not beating rivals. Space: I managed to fit built Ikea storage unit in with the seats down due to the length of the car. This didn't fit in the Audi A3 or Golf. The boot is deep and car has great storage. The car is a great place to be while driving. It's extremely comfortable with lots of power. It feels Luke a 3 series. The Business Professional i-Drive is fantastic. The BMW remote is also brilliant. Again rivals do not have this. It's a great all round car. Best in the range.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

118d

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

58
Review
Utter rubbish again from "premium" BMW. Looks great on the outside with a nice badge but overpriced and UNRELIABLE. If you want to spend most of your time having a picnic on the side of a motorway then a BMW is definitely the car for you.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

125d M Sport

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
The BMW 125d M Sport is a real wolf in sheep's clothing. A rather understated car. Only true BMW fans will be able to differentiate it from the less potent versions in the 1 series range. A subtle body kit, twin exhaust pipes and upgraded blue M sport brake calipers hint at its sporting potential. This car is a true hot hatch. With performance figures to rival the Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. Don't let the 2 litre twin turbo diesel engine fool you. The oil burner packs a serious punch with 218bhp and 450nm of torque. It's the torque that really makes the difference with this car. With enough of it to embarrass much larger engined petrol cars. Over taking is a breeze. The eight speed auto gear box is lightening fast and really suits the engine in this car. Combine this with sublime rear wheel drive handling and this car becomes a true driver's car. It's having your cake and eating it. All the performance you would get from a petrol hot hatch but with economy car mpg. No matter how hard you drive it you can't get below 40mpg. To compare this car to other diesel hot hatches isn't fair as they don't come close regarding performance. 0-60 in 6.3 secs and 149mph says it all. The upgraded Harmon Kardon speakers are a Hi-fi enthusiast's dream. The seats are comfy and boot space is more than acceptable. I will agree it's a little cramped in the back but trust me it's the drivers seat where you want to be sat. A superb car that always puts a smile on your face.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

65

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
No problems to report

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
Too short a time to provide detailed response

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

51
Review
Car went through a 3 month period of going in to safe mode whilst driving, fault took ages to be rectified.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
Only 4 months old when I bought it but so far very impressed with reliability .
Running Cost

4 out of 5

When bought car has a 5 year service plan which will definitely help car tax is only 35Ł and my wife often uses it on short journeys but eco mode helps

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Never had a problem. No rattles. Everything works
Running Cost

4 out of 5

You can change driving modes so if you want to be in economy mode better miles per gallon than sports mode obviously. average 38mpg & 43 on longer journeys

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

53
Review
Problem free
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Only cost: winter tyres. (Service package with new car)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

51
Review
I have had no problems whatsoever
Running Cost

4 out of 5

MPG is excellent, sometimes reaching 58mpg on a (fast) run. Spares are quite expensive but its under warranty.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Review
its ok but whould have expected more from a bmw
Running Cost

3 out of 5

run flat tyres are Ł 300 each and can not be repaird

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

54
Review
New car, no problems - yet?
Running Cost

5 out of 5

First time I have owned a diesel and amazed at economy. New car so no spares required yet.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

41
Review
There have been no problems
Running Cost

4 out of 5

normally use BP ultimate

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

116i

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

26
Review
Disappointed. I am a very keen car lover, and about 3 years ago I bought a brand new 116d M Sport in Estoril blue, then 2 years later a black 116d M Sport. i decided I didn't want car finance anymore so i sold the car and I outright bought a used 116i auto. now be warned this car is not good for fuel economy, I get 26mpg and 250 miles out of a tank at a push. this car has corroded wheels, the boot lid is rusty and overall I must say it is a disappointing car. After 2 weeks of owning it, the exhaust fell ofF! I'm not happy at all with this car.
Reliability

2 out of 5

Not that good, engine is very rattly.
Performance

4 out of 5

Nice and nippy, very good round town
Running Cost

1 out of 5

26mpg! and I drive so carefully as i am scared of the engine blowing up or something

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

118i Sport 5dr

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

27
Review
At the age of 40 I decided it was time to treat myself to a car from one of the three German brands. After testing the Mercedes A Class, Audi A3, and 1 Series I chose the 118i Sport. I actually preferred the A3 but the monthly payments were too high. The first few weeks of ownership were good. I felt pretty smug in my premium small hatch. It's comfortable, relatively sporty (although the 1.5 litre 3 pot turbo needs some welly to get the best out of it) and it is a handsome car (the pre facelift looked more natural though). Then the niggles started appearing. The terrible gearbox - so notchy. Reverse can sometimes take 4 or 5 attempts. First gear is always hard to select. Then in warm weather the car started creaking when going over speed bumps or round corners (a known issue that BMW deny - check the forums). I also noticed I was stalling the car a lot. You might say driver error, but with 18 years experience I've rarely stalled in the past. The fact the boot doesn't unlock if you get out the car with the engine running. The seemingly endless alerts the car gives you with no real reason (it just beeped at me when I turned the engine off - I have no idea why). The centre console creaks when you test your leg on it. The awful one touch indicators. The tailgate constantly says it is open when it isn't. Then there's the handling. Near 50/50 with rear wheel drive - doesn't play as well as advertised. Vague steering, oversteer on anything but perfectly dry roads, regular wobbles for no reason. There are Just too many negatives for it to be with the money. Huge disappointment.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

116D SE

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

60
Review
Having experienced a number of company cars in the past few months, I have to say that BMW obviously trade on their name and not the quality of their vehicle. Compared to both the Mazda 3 and Toyota Auris I drove until recently, this car is a real drop off in interior quality and general driving experience. It has a super stiff clutch which is causing me knee pain, a heavy lumbering front end and huge amounts of car and gear stick rattle when the engine starts ans stop/starts; it's like a bus! At least it looks quite nice. My family were envious when they saw the car but after a quick drive they've all changed their mind on BMWs. Glad I get to change in a few months.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

116D

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
This ultimate driving machine I don't think so this car is very hard on the suspension the build quality inside and outside is very poor, this car had run flat tyres fitted that lasted just 17000 miles and were very expensive to replace ,the car was very awkward to get into unless you are tiny, noisy engine poor gear change unfortunately I can not find anything good to say about this car. This is the last time I will buy a German car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

62

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

60
Review
As you would expect from BMW .. V High Quality
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Outstanding MPG & good performance .. Long service intervals

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Review
The DMF is on its way out, took it into main dealers to be fobbed off with the old "its within tolerance" car has done 8K miles, why do manufacturers persist with these horrid unreliable DMF things.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

BMW dealership prices of stuff is disgusting.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

116 D

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50.2
Review
Totally hate this car. Very small interior, boot is a joke - I cant fit the monthly shop in just the boot, I have to use the back seats. Very difficult to get in to reverse The biggest issue is this is a very expensive basic car. It has nothing, but that is BMWs, you only pay for the name, which in my opinion is not a very good brand.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48
Review
It's a fantastic car, one of the best I've owned over the past 10 years as compared to BMW118 and Audi A3 and Audi A4
Running Cost

5 out of 5

The MPG is excellent especially when the Eco Pro is activated

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

56
Review
I had a rear bulb failure which required rectification by the dealer under warranty
Running Cost

4 out of 5

The run flat tyres are expensive to replace.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36
Review
Not had any problems

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

49
Review
Never had an issue!
Running Cost

5 out of 5

BMW service plan at Ł300 is a bargain and very economical

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48.9
Review
I've had starting problems, electrical problems and the infotainment system is unpredictable
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Excellent economy; no oil consumption; no spare parts required. Tyres are expensive

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

58
Review
100% at this time
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Fuel plus set of winter tyres

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

118d Urban Auto 5dr

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

47
Review
Having down sized from a 5 Series was a bit apprehensive at first, but have not been disappointed enjoy every time i get behind the wheel drives just like a bigger car and the eight speed auto box is a dream have been so impressed that i have just placed an order in for a new 120d M Sport Auto. Refined motoring with affordable running costs.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

M140i

Year of registration

2018

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
Let’s be honest we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to hot hatches at the moment. With a large crop of two litre four pots all turbocharged within an inch of their lives and trick 4WD systems that boggle the laws of physics, why? Why would you opt for the baby Beemer? Well if you are considering a 140i then you already know the answer. As for the rest of you guys, the BMW is the only car in its class to offer a three litre straight six with twin scroll turbos and rear wheel drive. Or right wheel drive as true petrol heads will refer to it. As our friends from the U.S of A like to point out, “There ain’t no replacement for displacement!” Whilst many of the current crop of 4WD two litre super-hatches may get the jump on the Beemer off the line, once you get the little 1 series rolling it is a hard beast to catch. 340hp and 500nm make this little pocket rocket an absolute weapon in the real word. The performance figures are mightily impressive too with a 4.6 second sprint to 62mph and a limited top speed of 155mph.The BMW sales executive informed me that this little unassuming car would sale past 170mph with the limiter removed. Some reports suggest that the new B58 motor under the hood is kicking out much more power than the manufacturer claims. I don’t know about all that but one thing I can say is that the M140i is blisteringly quick. Enough so that it musters an expletive from any passengers lips whenever I plant my right foot on the accelerator pedal. The torque is immense and it can be delivered in any gear at any speed. Couple this with the glorious sound of a howling straight six and I guarantee you will be in petrol head heaven. Whilst some reports suggest that the crackles and pops from the exhaust can be a little muted from inside the cabin, I find by cracking a window open slightly allows you to hear the delicious burble from the twin pipes. An M Performance exhaust can heighten the aural pleasure, but trust me if you’re stood outside when a 140i goes by you’ll surely hear it even with the standard back box. Handling is sweet due to the RWD set up with a slightly light steering feel but bags of grip from all four corners. Adaptive dampers make the ride and handling more supple and the optional Michelin pilot tyres give the car more bite. (even if they are a tad noisy on the motorway). I have a gripe with reviewers that call this a eight-tenths car. Trust me you can’t drive one of these beasts at five-tenths on the public highways. On a track the M140i may not be as sharp as say a Civic Type R but really, what message are you sending out driving a car that looks to have every modification from Halfords glued to it? Don’t get me wrong the Type R is a fine machine but at 41 years of age I would look foolish driving one. This brings me on to the competition and why I think the 140i shines. The Ford Focus RS is fantastic but for me it brings too much attention with it. The M140i is a wolf in sheep's clothing. The Audi RS3 and Mercedes A45 AMG are ridiculously expensive. When you start to push north of fifty grand for what essentially is still just a hatchback. you have to Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Wreck yourself financially that is! This is once again where the Beemer makes huge sense. One can be had for as little as thirty grand. Ok maybe little is the wrong word to use but it’s around fifteen to twenty grand cheaper than a RS3! Is the Audi or Merc for that matter twenty grands worth more of a car? No, I don’t believe so. There’s discounts to be had too. You could get a heavily loaded 140i for mid thirties. I’m talking about the good stuff too. Eight speed ZF gearbox, Harman Kardon sound system, leather upholstery. You name it. Things start to make sense. BMW is a luxury brand and you’re getting luxury but for a fraction of the price of the other German rivals. Ford and Honda and the rest offer similar priced models because they do one thing well, the performance. The M140i seems to tick all the boxes.You should too. Well the box that confirms your order for one anyway.
Reliability

5 out of 5

The M140i can suffer from an exhaust rattle. I have experienced this but for now it has gone away. Apparently it’s a common fault with this model. Anyway that’s what a manufacturers warranty is for.
Performance

5 out of 5

The M140i is an absolute beast. Acceleration is savage. The noise is sonorous. Be careful or the boys in blue will surely take your license off you.
Running Cost
The M140i can achieve mid thirties if you don’t drive around like you’ve sat on a drawing pin. Plant your right foot and that mpg will drop.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

116 se

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

49
Review
As a driver you get lots of feedback from the steering and it goes where you point it unless your right foot is heavy then it slide away but in a controllable way. Very nippy if you want it to be. I do about 60 miles a day and am in and out at least 10 times a day. The 3 biggest problems I have with this BMW is : 1. The seating, I couldn't get comfortable and you feel very low to the road. 2. The radio signal is like something from 1970, even in the city the signal would drop out very often on lots of different station. It feel like if there is a tiny drop in strength then it drops out then picks it up again 3 seconds later, so annoying. 3. The Sat Nav is terrible, you can't enter a postcode on its own, you have to go through the system like you're writing a letter. I couldn't even find the road to the hotel next to the O2 in London it's only been there 2 years. Glad to get rid of this car, hope the B class Merc is better.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No problems
Performance
It is quick off the mark and shifts is you put you foot down
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Company car, so no idea

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Xdrive25dxline

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43
Review
Comfortable,economical,lots of interior space, great size and practical. Great driving experience and rather fun when extra power required overall one of the best cars I've owned in 42 years of driving.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No issues yet
Performance

5 out of 5

More power than I'll ever use but it's great to have
Running Cost
Better than expected

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

116d M Sport

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
So after only 8 days of owning the car, it now needs to go BMW to be fixed! I suppose I should start off with the positives - I've got to say the car looks great! And until yesterday drove lovely! The ride considering the M Sports harder dampers is comfortable and has very little road noise The overall interior is good, nice little touches here and there especially the steering wheel also has a nice feel. The seats also are very comfy. And the arm rest is huge which obviously was designed with driver and passenger in mind. Gearbox is smooth and the clutch (on mine anyway) is not too harsh on the left leg! The i-drive is always very good basically unlimited radio stations to save and sound quality is top notch! Parking sensors all round are also a must! Overall many many things I like about the car. But now we get to the many many things I don't like!! - The pedals are off-centred so it's feels like the top half of your body is nice and straight while your legs go off it another direction and the clutch and foot rest are too close together so you catch it every so often - the steering wheel whist great and nice to touch is an annoying size when it comes to looking at the instruments. If you want to look at your mpg/mileage easily then when you move the wheel down to see them it then covers the speedo? Which I know is petty but it's a £20,000 + BMW not a Skoda Fabia -Also for some reason you need a body builders left arm to get it into reverse? - the rear window also too small! If I didn't have parking sensor this would be a pain in the arse! - I'm also having problems with connecting my I phone to the car which could be an apple problem? - the back seats are a bit too cramped when their is 5 people travelling - now by biggest hate what seems to be the clutch is making a noise when I release it and apply revs? Also when I steer I sometimes get the same noise so back to BMW it goes... To hopefully resolve the problem. All in all I'm happy with my purchase and will hopefully be even more happy when the problem is fixed!
Reliability

3 out of 5

Something's broke already! Not impressed
Performance

5 out of 5

Easily 60 mpg at 70/80 mph £30 road tax £50 to fill it up

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

116d SE 5dr

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

65
Review
I always promised myself a BMW when I retired so last year when I did actually take the retirement route I went off to a Glasgow BMW dealer for a new 1 Series. First of all, the BMW website is unintelligible and it's virtually impossible to find out what the spec of your chosen car is. However, I took the plunge and ordered one. When the day came to collect it the first thing that struck me was the absence of even the most basic of toys. For example, there are no rear parking sensors which are in my view a necessity because of very small rear window. The list of accessory deficiencies could fill a book. The iDrive system has to have been designed by a lunatic, how can anyone be expected to operate the radio or the CD player whilst twiddling a knob on the console, watching it on a screen and drive the car? The fit and finish are reasonably good but not exceptionally so and there are many little buzzes and creaks around the cabin as the has car aged. The mileage is probably the car's best feature and on one occasion, with no stops and a steady 40 mph I achieved an astonishing 81.6 mpg. I was so shocked I took a picture of the display! As to driving the car, I have to say that it is quite the most awkward thing I have ever driven. The pedals are offset to the right which requires you to turn your body around to accommodate them. Add to that the clutch is so heavy that I have actually damaged my knee. A look on the web shows that this is common across the range and a simple adjustment or replacement of the clutch plate sorts the problem. However, when I took it to the dealership I was told by two 'engineers' that there is nothing wrong with the clutch but they would be prepared to dismantle the gearbox if I would give them an undertaking to pay for the job if they found nothing wrong. Needless to say, I told them to stuff it. BMW's service helpline were no use either and I am left with the conclusion that this is some sort of 'scheme' for their benefit rather than mine. I wonder if they apply the same nonsense to their 7 series or their Rolls-Royce clientele? In conclusion it handles well but the rear-wheel drive takes some getting used to on bendy country roads, the economy is unmatched in a 2 ltr car and when desired it can shift very nicely. If you have legs like Wayne Rooney you'll probably be able to handle the stiff clutch but for almost everyone else, you'll need to get a good orthopaedic surgeon. As to BMW's service...na, I bet even Dacia treat their customers better and without condescension. I am in the process of trading it in for a 2015 Focus Titanium X automatic which is what I should have gone for in the first place. All in all, a VERY expensive mistake.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

62

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

51
Review
Fan unit (air con) needed replaced after 4 months. Otherwise, no issues thus far.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
Problem with aircon fan
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Ł30 tax great mpg 5 yrs servicing

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Review
No problems
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Good

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
replaced the DMF at 5K and needed another one at 9K miles
Running Cost

1 out of 5

2 DMFs per year makes this awful.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
No problems so far, not even a rattle after 11 months
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Good fuel economy and 5 years free servicing

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47.4
Review
Poor quality interior and poor quality paintwork.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43.9

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

57
Review
No issues so far
Performance

4 out of 5

It's not bad but the 120d engine doesnt feel as quick as the performance figures suggest
Running Cost

5 out of 5

57mpg and a 5 year free servicing package

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Review
great well built and good quality
Running Cost

5 out of 5

cheap, free RFL etc and car tax is super low, wow

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

57
Review
A couple of minor issues

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Niggles such as intermittent electrical glitches, cannot be found when at dealer?
Running Cost

4 out of 5

When driven carefully I achieve 52mpg, around town 32 thereabouts. Last 3 motorway trips of over 150 miles was 52.2 averaging 65mph. 8 speed box is excellent.

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