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BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
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BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr
BMW 1 SERIES 118d Sport 5dr

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  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG68.90
  • 0-62mph8.5 secs
  • Top Speed135 mph
  • C02108 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque258 lbs/f
  • P11D28%


The MK3 version of BMW's 1 Series gets a new platform, a new drive layout and new engines. It's sleeker, lighter, safer, more practical and more efficient than before. And, the company reckons, it's still the most rewarding steer in the premium compact hatch sector. Big claims for an important car.

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The third generation 1 Series looks to establish itself as the premium hatch of choice in a hotly-contested sector. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.


Front wheel drive and BMW. Once, it was a phrase you'd never hear. But then the Munich maker introduced a front-driven platform into its 2 Series Active Tourer MPV. And now this layout's gone mainstream with the third generation version of the brand's smallest model, the 1 Series hatch. It's not so small these days, especially inside where the switch of drive layouts has freed up more room, particularly in the boot. But will the dynamic change of heart neutralise what has previously been this model line's greatest draw - uniquely rewarding handling? BMW says not - and provides a completely fresh range of engines to further sweeten the pill. On top of that there's a smarter cabin and upgraded safety. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Back at the launch of the very first 1 Series model in 2003, rear wheel drive was a non-negotiable part of BMW's engineering fabric. Yet this layout practically compromised both that MK1 model and its 2011 successor. And for what? The Munich maker's own research suggests that over 85% of 1 Series customers have no idea whether the drive wheels are front or rear. And whoever complained about the handling of a front-driven BMW-engineered MINI? If you opt for the brand's xDrive 4WD system of course, none of this will matter, but availability of that depends upon the engine you select, so let's take a look at the various powerplant options, all of them re-developed for this car. BMW expects the 150hp 118d diesel to be the big seller; for black pump variants, there's also a lesser 116hp 116d three cylinder 1.5-litre derivative and a more powerful 190hp 120d 2.0-litre model, the latter only offered with the xDrive system. That 4WD set-up is also a non-negotiable part of the top petrol M135i xDrive hot hatch variant (which offers 306hp), but most customers wanting to fuel from the green pump with this car will choose the 1.5-litre three cylinder 140hp unit powering the base 118i front-driven version. Three different transmissions are on offer, depending on variant. The 116d, the 118d and the 118i get an upgraded 6-speed manual gearbox and the two base three cylinder variants(116d and 118i) can also be ordered with an optional 7-speed Stepronic auto. At the top of the range, the brand's smooth 8-speed Steptronic Sport auto transmission is optional on the 118d and has to be had on the two top xDrive models.

Design and Build

The rather dumpy styling that characterised earlier 1 Series models is all forgotten now; this third generation model is much sleeker, with a more wedged shaped silhouette and a pronounced 'shark nose'. At the front, the BMW kidney grille is larger and, for the first time in this model range, the kidneys merge in the middle. The car features a shorter bonnet and significantly more space than before within a footprint almost identical to that of its predecessor. At 4,319 millimetres, the MK3 1 Series is 5mm shorter, 34mm wider and 13mm higher. The 2,670mm wheelbase meanwhile, is 20 millimetres shorter but despite that, thanks to the switch of drive layouts, there's significantly more cabin space than before. Passenger access is easier, particularly in the rear where there's an extra 33mm of knee room, 13mm more elbow room and 19mm more head room. The luggage compartment capacity rises by 20-litres to 380-litres (or 1,200-litres with the rear seat bench folded down). The minimum width of the luggage compartment has also increased by 67mm. Up-front, BMW's latest 'Live Cockpit Plus' infotainment package is standard giving you an 8.8-inch centre-dash screen and a 5.7-inch instrument cluster display. This set-up includes features such as a Touch Controller, a navigation system, two USB ports for data transfer and a WiFi interface.

Market and Model

Prices open at just under £25,000 and this time, there's only a single five-door body style. For the 118d diesel variant most will want, think just under £27,000. The top M135i xDrive flagship is priced from just under £36,500 and gets its own specific trim package. For most other variants, you'll choose between the brand's familiar 'SE', 'Sport' and 'M Sport' designations. As you'd hope given the premium pricing, even the base 'SE' comes with plenty - 16-inch light-alloy wheels for instance. But you'll probably want to upgrade yourself at least to a mid-range 'Sport' model, recognisable by its high-gloss black air inlets and chrome-framed front kidney grille. The 'M Sport' versions feature aerodynamic body styling as well as satin aluminium struts in the kidney grille whilst at this level in the range, the seat upholstery is in Dakota leather with contrast stitching. Across the range, infotainment technology has been boosted by the adoption of the brand's "Hey BMW' 'Intelligent Personal Assistant' which will allow you to operate many of the car's major functions by merely speaking a command. A Head-up display is now optional and extra camera safety kit includes 'Collision & Pedestrian Warning with City Braking' and 'Lane Departure warning' with steering impulse.

Cost of Ownership

The engine changes have been virtually all about improving efficiency. As a result, the volume 118d diesel can return up to 60.1mpg on the WLTP cycle and up to 108g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. For the three cylinder 116d diesel, the figures are up to 61.4mpg and 100g/km. And for the 120d xDrive, you're looking at up to 51.4mpg and up to 117g/km. As for petrol power, well the base three cylinder 118i manages up to 47.1mpg and up to 114g/km, while the top M135i xDrive hot hatch delivers up to 35.3mpg and up to 155g/km. Specify auto transmission and this car can be particularly efficient thanks to intelligent connectivity that enables the two auto gearboxes to adapt their shift strategy according to the planned route and driving situation. If the BMW 1 Series is equipped with Active Cruise Control, both transmissions will factor in the data from this system and the standard Navigation, to avoid unnecessary gear changes in a quick succession of bends. Across the range, efficiency is also aided by coasting and Auto Start Stop functions that take their cue from the data supplied by the navigation system, the front-mounted camera and the sensors for the optional driving assistance systems. The coasting function de-couples the powertrain from the transmission at cruising speeds when the car is running in either its 'Comfort' or 'ECO PRO' driving modes.


We can't help feeling a little disappointed that BMW's MK3 1 Series has abandoned its unique rear-driven selling point. But at the same time, we can't help being impressed by the way that the Munich maker has managed to retain so much of this car's eager, dynamic character, despite the fundamental engineering changes visited upon it. Sales will also be boosted by the fact that this is the first 1 Series with really sleek looks, proper rear passenger space and a decent boot. And it's far better prepared than its predecessor in terms of media connectivity and camera-driven safety provision. About to choose a Mercedes A-Class or an Audi A3? You really ought to try one of these too. You might be surprised just how much you like it.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface
BMW Live Cockpit Plus with 8.8" central information display + nav function
Front/rear Parking distance control
Active guard plus
Attentiveness assist
BMW emergency call
BMW Online services
BMW Teleservices
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Connected eDrive Services
Cruise control with brake function
Eco pro mode
Integrated owners handbook
Lane departure warning system
Oil sensor for level and grade
On board computer
Optimum shift indicator
Personal Profile
Pull away assistant
Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
Speed limiter
Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf + 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats
Bluetooth audio streaming
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
LED Headlights
Solid paint
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Body colour door handles
Body colour mirror caps
Chrome exhaust twin tailpipes round 90mm in left and right split
Chrome kidney grille with extra wide black, high gloss black vertical slats
Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
Fading support
Follow me home headlights
Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
Front bumper in Body colour with exclusive Sport air inlets finished in High gloss Black
Front door sill finishers in black plastic with BMW designation
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
High gloss shadow line exterior trim
High level third brake light
LED daytime running lights
LED eyebrow turn indicators
LED front fog lights
Lightweight engineering
Manual headlight beam throw control
Matt black air guide grilles
Matt black roof moulding, B pillar finisher and wheel arch trim
Matt black window frame
Model designation on right side of tailgate
Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
Preparation for high beam assistant
Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
Rear bumper in Body colour with exclusive Sport design elements finished in High gloss Black
Rear fog lights
Rear window wiper
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
Interior Features
Manual adjust driver/passenger seats
Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather upholstery
12V power socket in centre console
2 cupholders in front centre console
3 rear seat head restraints
3 spoke sports leather steering wheel in pearl Chrome
Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Conditioned Based Service
Driver side folding compartment in instrument panel
Folding rear clothes hook
Folding rear seats
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
Front and rear door pockets
Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
Front Armrest foldable with integrated storage compartment
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
Glove compartment
Height adjustable front head restraints
Manual adjust steering wheel
Multi-function controls for steering wheel
Rear seat backrest with manual 60:40 split folding with 3 top tether clips integrated on rear of seat panels
Storage compartment in centre console
Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
Two zone automatic air conditioning
Velour floor mats
Welcome lighting
42 Litre fuel tank
6 speed manual transmission
Aluminium lightweight construction
Anti roll bar front and rear
Balancer shaft
Diesel particulate filter
Drive Performance Control
Electronic differential lock
17" Burnished double spoke alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 549
BMW mobility system
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
Connected pack professional - 1 Series
Extended storage pack - 1 Series
Interior lights pack - 1 Series
2 tone horn
3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection
Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Brake drying
Braking readiness
City braking function
Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electrically operated hand brake
Front and rear disc brakes
Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
Rear child proof door locks
Seatbelt warning
Side impact protection
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Automatic drive away locking facility
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Deadlocking function system to all doors
Incorrect fuel protection system
Locking wheel bolts
Remote central locking with two Integrate key, one button for opening and closing all lock, open and close window, button for open luggage compartment
Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
Thatcham Cat.1 alarm with remote control and immobiliser
Contrast stitching on instrument panel
Illuminated Berlin interior trim
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 108
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 124
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 130
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 123
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 126
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 133
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 125
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 111
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 115
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 110
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 159
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 165
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 159
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 118
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 125
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 118
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1995
Compression Ratio 16.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90
Engine Code B47C20U1
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 68.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 74.3
EC Urban (mpg) 58.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 4.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 4.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 4.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 4.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 4.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 4.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 60.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 56.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 60.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 58.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 58.9
WLTP - MPG - High 67.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 64.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 67.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium 62.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 58.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 62.8
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 150
Coin Description d
Coin Series Sport
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 23E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 83
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 76
NCAP Safety Assist % 72
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.5
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 258
Engine Torque - MKG 35.7
Engine Torque - NM 350
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 135
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
RDE Certification Level RDE 2
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear 225/45 R17
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1434
Length 4319
Wheelbase 2670
Width 1799
Width (including mirrors) 2081
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 42
Gross Vehicle Weight 1950
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1200
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 380
Max. Loading Weight 550
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 735
Minimum Kerbweight 1400
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.4


Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £317.33 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £330.57 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £331.46 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £350.44 p/m Call Us
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £370.17 p/m Call Us
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £384.09 p/m £49.49 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £395.72 p/m £68.34 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £271.50 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £273.03 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £273.84 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £294.32 p/m Call Us
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £313.82 p/m Call Us
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £332.05 p/m Call Us
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £348.33 p/m £85.24 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £251.74 p/m £19.89 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £248.67 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £253.27 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £272.08 p/m Call Us
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £290.08 p/m Call Us
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £310.15 p/m £75.84 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £320.22 p/m £104.67 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £380.79 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £398.82 p/m £10.83 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £407.64 p/m £11.41 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £427.80 p/m £34.50 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £445.49 p/m £45.32 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £460.91 p/m £59.39 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £474.86 p/m £82.00 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £325.80 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £335.02 p/m £20.31 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £343.30 p/m £26.86 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £364.21 p/m £44.52 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £385.51 p/m £60.57 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £402.06 p/m £75.40 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £418.00 p/m £102.29 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £302.08 p/m £23.86 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £316.52 p/m £29.57 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £323.17 p/m £34.36 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £340.00 p/m £54.65 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £356.88 p/m £72.63 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £372.18 p/m £91.01 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £384.26 p/m £125.60 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Automatic tailgate operation £500.00
BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system including 10.25" high resolution display and Intelligent Voice Assistant £1,000.00
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging £350.00
Head up Display £750.00
Park assist including reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and reversing assist camera £350.00
Wifi hotspot preparation FOC
BMW gesture control £300.00
Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system FOC
Exterior Features
BMW icon adaptive LED headlights £500.00
Electric folding and anti dazzle exterior mirrors FOC
Electric panoramic glass sunroof £1,000.00
High beam assistant FOC
Metallic paint £560.00
Sun protection glass £300.00
Towbar with detachable ball £750.00
Interior Features
Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching £1,150.00
Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support £150.00
Driver and front passenger seat heating FOC
Electric front seat adjust - drivers with memory £750.00
Heated steering wheel £150.00
Luggage compartment separating nets £150.00
Through load system £150.00
Comfort pack 1 - 1 Series £600.00
Comfort pack 2 - 1 Series £1,500.00
Extended lighting pack - 1 Series FOC
Luggage compartment pack - 1 Series FOC
Tech pack 1 - 1 Series £1,500.00
Tech pack 2 - 1 Series £1,300.00
Metallic - Black sapphire £560.00
Metallic - Glacier Silver £560.00
Metallic - Melbourne red £560.00
Metallic - Mineral grey £560.00
Metallic - Mineral white £560.00
Metallic - Phytonic blue £560.00
Metallic - Seaside blue £560.00
Metallic - Sunset orange £560.00
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Solid - Jet black FOC
Comfort access system £500.00
Larger fuel tank capacity (50 litres) £50.00
Dakota leather - Black with grey highlight £1,150.00
Dakota leather - Magma red with grey highlight £1,150.00
Dakota leather - Mocha £1,150.00
Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather - Anthracite with grey highlight FOC
Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather - Anthracite with orange highlight FOC
17" Burnished double spoke Bi-colour alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 548 £175.00
18" Burnished Multi-spoke Bi-colour alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 488 £595.00
Space saver spare wheel £150.00
* option prices shown are estimated