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Why buy a used BMW 1 Series?

If you're in the market for a car that's practical, fun to drive and stylish, then a used BMW 1 Series is a fantastic choice. With BMW build quality, a used 1 Series provides luxury motoring at an affordable price. The interior offers supportive seating, high-tech features and upscale materials that provide a refined driving experience.

Latest used BMW 1 Series

BMW, 1 Series

2023 - BMW 1 Series

2023 - BMW 1 Series31

£23,999

Finance available £483 pm

*Representative example

  • 1.5L
  • 6.5K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Automatic
  • Hatchback

Motorpoint Burnley

01282881945 *

BMW, 1 Series

2017 (67) - BMW 1 Series

2017 (67) - BMW 1 Series69

£10,990

Finance available £223 pm

*Representative example

  • 1.5L
  • 57.6K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Manual
  • Hatchback

XENON AUTOMOTIVE LTD

01707524632 *

BMW, 1 Series

2015 - BMW 1 Series

2015 - BMW 1 Series24

£9,850

Finance available £197 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 75.0K

    Miles
  • Diesel
  • Automatic
  • Hatchback

Woodside Car Sales

01828423190 *

BMW, 1 Series

2023 - BMW 1 Series

2023 - BMW 1 Series36

£23,699

Finance available £476 pm

*Representative example

  • 1.5L
  • 10.0K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Automatic
  • Hatchback

Motorpoint Swansea

01792625149 *

BMW, 1 Series

2010 (60) - BMW 1 Series

2010 (60) - BMW 1 Series17

Low Mileage

£3,690

Finance available £60 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 87.3K

    Miles
  • Diesel
  • Manual
  • Hatchback

Swift Cars south Wales Ltd

01495733042 *

BMW, 1 Series

2014 (64) - BMW 1 Series

2014 (64) - BMW 1 Series21

£5,995

Finance available £111 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 118.0K

    Miles
  • Diesel
  • Manual
  • Hatchback

Broomhill Car Sales

01803700893 *

3.6/5 Stars

BMW, 1 Series

2023 (23) - BMW 1 Series

2023 (23) - BMW 1 Series20

Low Mileage

£27,450

Finance available £543 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 7.8K

    Miles
  • Diesel
  • Semi Auto
  • Hatchback

Ocean Group BMW Plymouth

01752280374 *

BMW, 1 Series

2020 - BMW 1 Series

2020 - BMW 1 Series44

£17,750

Finance available £344 pm

*Representative example

  • 1.5L
  • 35.1K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Manual
  • Hatchback

Peter Vardy BMW Edinburgh

01313413513 *

BMW 1 Series snapshot review

Pros

  • Economical diesels
  • Fun to drive
  • Excellent build quality

Cons

  • Lack of hybrid/electric model
  • Limited cabin and boot space
  • Firm ride

BMW 1 Series by type

Automatic
Diesel
Petrol
3 Door
5 Door
Manual
2 Door

Used BMW 1 Series information

Engines and transmissions

The BMW 1 Series has been available with petrol and diesel engines, a manual or an automatic gearbox, and rear, front or four-wheel drive.

Petrol
  • 1.5-litre 118i produces 134bhp for a 0-60mph time of 8.6 seconds and an efficiency rating of up to 49.6mpg. This is the most popular engine.
  • 2.0-litre 128ti boosts the output to 261bhp, giving it a 0-60mph time of 5.9 seconds and an efficiency rating of 40.9mpg.
  • 3.0-litre M135i tops the range with 315bhp and a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds, but the efficiency drops to 35mpg.
Diesel
  • 1.5-litre 116d makes 114bhp for a 10-second 0-60mph time and a rating of up to 62.8mpg.
  • 2.0-litre 120d outputs 187bhp to reduce the 0-62mph time to 7.3 seconds, while still maintaining efficiency of up to 57.6mpg.
  • Older 118d creates 147bhp and was one of the most popular options.

Practicality

Despite being a compact car, the 1 Series hatchback provides a surprising amount of room, making it practical for everyday driving.

Interior space
  • Front seats are supportive and offer a lot of room.
  • Rear seats can be tight for adults on long drives.
  • ISOFIX mounting points for child seats are easy to access.
Boot space
  • 380-litre boot compares with the Audi A3.
  • Folding the rear seats down opens up 1,200 litres of room.
  • Available 40:20:40 split folding seats allow for the middle seat to be folded independently.
Bodystyles
  • Five-door hatchback has been the main body style since its introduction.
  • Three-door hatchback was discontinued after the second generation.
  • Two-door coupé was available for part of the first generation, later joining the 2 Series lineup.
  • Two-door convertible was only available during the first generation, but later became part of the 2 Series lineup.

Safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating given in 2019.
  • 87% rating for child occupant and an 83% adult occupant rating.
  • Standard safety kit includes parking sensors (front and rear), cruise control and LED headlights.

Technology

  • 10.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional driver display matches the 3 Series.
  • Larger 10.3-inch infotainment system display replaced the smaller 8.8-inch model.
  • Available wireless device charging.


BMW 1 Series generations

BMW released the 1 Series hatchback in 2004 to compete against the Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It replaced the 3 Series Compact with multiple bodystyles, such as a three-door hatchback, two-door coupé, two-door convertible and five-door hatch. Now in its third generation, BMW continues to keep the 1 Series updated and relevant.

Third Generation (2019 to Present)

At the start of the third-generation 1 Series, BMW dropped the three-door hatchback models, leaving only the five-door on sale. The company also got rid of the rear-wheel drive and switched models to a standard front-wheel drive platform, making the vehicle shorter, andtaller. While this alteration changed the handling characteristics of the 1 Series, it was still fun to drive and provided far better interior room.

Inside the cabin, some modern technology was added, including gesture control and some connectivity features to create more versatility.

Third Generation (2019 to Present)
Fuel type:
Diesel / Petrol
Engine Size:
1.5 - 2
MPG:
41 - 74
Acceleration:
4.8 - 10.3 seconds
Boot space:
380 L capacity
NCAP Safety rating:
5 / 5 stars
  • Greenest

    118i SE 5dr Step Auto

  • Cheapest

    118i SE 5dr

  • Fastest

    M135i xDrive 5dr Step Auto

Second Generation (2011 to 2019)

With the second generation, BMW took the two-door coupé and convertible and included them in a new lineup, known as the 2 Series. The hatchback was slightly more spacious, which added to its comfort. BMW also upgraded the suspension, ensuring that it created sporty handling with soft driving dynamics.

A 2015 facelift added some new interior materials and features. Two years later, BMW updated the iDrive infotainment system to make it more responsive and user-friendly.

Second Generation (2011 to 2019)
Fuel type:
Diesel / Petrol
Engine Size:
1.5 - 3
MPG:
35 - 83
Acceleration:
4.6 - 12.2 seconds
Boot space:
360 L capacity
NCAP Safety rating:
5 / 5 stars
  • Greenest

    118i [1.5] SE 5dr Step Auto

  • Cheapest

    114i ES 3dr

  • Fastest

    M140i 3dr [Nav] Step Auto

First Generation (2004 to 2013)

While the 1 Series was released to compete against some of its top rivals, the premium segment had a completely different look. The lower roofline and longer nose helped it to stand out, and because it was on a rear-wheel drive platform, the rear seat also sat higher.

While it was only available as a five-door hatchback when it was first launched, the three-door model joined in 2007, followed by the two-door convertible and coupé models. There was also an available 1 Series M Coupe that offered sportier upgrades.

First Generation (2004 to 2013)
Fuel type:
Diesel / Petrol
Engine Size:
1.6 - 3
MPG:
29 - 64
Acceleration:
4.9 - 11.2 seconds
Boot space:
305 - 370 L capacity
NCAP Safety rating:
stars
  • Greenest

    116i [2.0] 5dr

  • Cheapest

    116i 5dr

  • Fastest

    M 2dr

Used BMW 1 Series information

Used BMW 1 Series FAQ's

Which is the most popular engine in the BMW 1 Series?

The older 118d diesel powertrain has been among the most popular, but it isn't available in the newer models. This diesel engine had a good balance of value and power, rated at 148bhp. The most popular petrol engine is the 118i, likely because it's the entry level in the lineup, making it the most affordable to buy.

Which are the most popular trim levels?

The new 1 Series comes in five trims: SE, Sport, 128ti, M Sport and M135i. The M Sport is among the most popular in the used market because of its upgraded performance and styling features, including upgraded suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and special 'M' trim detailing.

Is the BMW 1 Series a good family car?

Even though it's a compact hatchback, the BMW 1 Series is a good car for families. While it can be tight for adults in the rear seat, there's plenty of room for children, and ISOFIX points are included for child seats.

Is there a hybrid version of the BMW 1 Series?

BMW hasn't fitted a hybrid powertrain to the 1 Series yet. It has only been offered with traditional petrol and diesel engines.

Is the BMW 1 Series available as an automatic?

The 1 Series has been available as an automatic and with a manual gearbox. Both of these are popular among the used models, so it should be easy for customers to find the example that suits their needs.

Is there a four-wheel drive version available?

The BMW 1 Series started as a rear-wheel drive car. It was later reconfigured to have front-wheel drive as standard. The top specification M135i is equipped with all-wheel drive, as are some variants of the 120d. Look out for cars badged as xDrive - this is the name of BMW's all-wheel drive system.

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