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BMW 1 Series

(2011 - 2019)

The BMW 1 Series is a medium-sized three- or five-door hatchback. This model is the second generation of 1 Series. It was launched in 2011, with a major update in 2015. It has now ended production ahead of the launch of an all-new model in 2019.

Unlike the original 1 Series, there are no coupé or convertible versions of this model. Those cars were re-named the 2 Series and we’re building new pages for them, so check back soon.

The BMW 1 Series received mostly good to very good scores from the UK media, especially for the high-performance M140i model. Reviewers generally praised the car’s driving dynamics, but criticised the lack of interior and boot space.

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Body style: Three- and five-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £23,055 on-road

Launched: Summer 2011
Last updated: Spring 2015
Replacement due: Summer 2019

MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

BMW 1 Series 1

Auto Express

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BMW 1 Series 2

Autocar

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BMW 1 Series 3

Car

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BMW 1 Series 4

Carbuyer

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BMW 1 Series 5

Evo

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BMW 1 Series 6

Honest John

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BMW 1 Series 7

The Sunday Times

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BMW 1 Series 8

Top Gear

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BMW 1 Series 9

What Car?

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BMW 1 Series 10

Which?

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Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

The BMW 1 Series was crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a five-star rating.

This rating expired in January 2019 and is no longer valid.

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The BMW 1 Series has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

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