How to choose the best BMW 1 Series for you

April 14, 2015 | By | In Buying Guides
How to choose the best BMW 1 Series for you

With everything from economy-focused diesels to rapid turbocharged petrol models on offer, choosing a BMW 1 Series can be a lengthy process. BMW has just updated the 1 Series range with sharper styling inside and out, making the car more appealing than ever, though the choice of models remains equally daunting.

We’ve trawled through the 1 Series range to find the most appealing models for those on a budget, those after the maximum bang for their buck and others who are after a top-spec model packed with plenty of equipment. Though prices for this new model may be higher than some hatchback rivals, you do get plenty of car for your money with the 1 Series.

The smart choice for those on a budget: 118i SE 3-dr

The 118i may be the entry-level model in the 1 Series range, but it’s actually one of the most appealing models available, with more than enough power and admirably low fuel consumption.

With a price tag of £20,145 this isn’t a cheap hatchback, but the punchy 1.6-litre engine powers the car to 62mph in a speedy 8.5 seconds, though it is capable of impressive claimed fuel economy of 49.6mpg. CO2 emissions are similarly low with a figure of 133g/km warranting £130 annual car tax.

Standard kit includes essentials like air conditioning, a digital radio, Bluetooth and 16-inch alloy wheels, along with handy automatic headlights and wipers, front fog lights and selectable driving modes.

The smart choice for low running costs: 116d ED Plus 5-dr

If you cover more than say 20,000 miles per year, opting for an economical diesel could save you lots of money when it comes to fuel bills – especially if a large proportion of you driving is on motorways, where diesels often prove particularly economical.

When it comes to medium-sized hatchbacks cars don’t come much more economical than the 116d ED Plus. This eco model returns claimed consumption of 83.1mpg while CO2 emissions are low enough for free annual car tax at just 89g/km. Don’t think that this economy comes at the expense of power, though, as even this green model can sprint to 62mph in a relatively nippy 10.4 seconds.

This model includes all the same kit as the model above, though the ED Plus adds rear parking sensors, cruise control and sat nav. It does costs a little more, however, with a list price of £22,560.

The smart choice for technophiles: 125d M Sport 5-dr

Buyers with a little more to spend, however, can opt for a model that offers strong acceleration and impressive economy – the 125d. In M Sport form this model may cost a substantial £30,330, but it can zoom to 62mph in a rapid 6.3 seconds and is capable of 65.7mpg economy. Low CO2 emissions, meanwhile, mean that car tax will cost you just £30 per year.

The 125d features an automatic gearbox as standard and in M Sport form includes the same kit as SE models but adds a host of sporty details including a sharp bodykit, supportive Alcantara sports seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, firm sports suspension for tight handling around corners and a sports steering wheel.

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