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BMW 1 Series (2011 – 2019)

Not a current model

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 ended production in 2019 and was replaced with an all-new model.

Unlike the original 1 Series, there were no coupé or convertible versions of this model. Those cars were re-named the 2 Series and were positioned above the 1 Series in both price and specification.

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


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

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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This rating expired in January 2019 and is no longer valid.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 was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production lifetime.

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