Our unique Expert Ratings combine scores from 25 of the top UK motoring websites

BMW 1 Series

(2019 - present)

The BMW 1 Series is a medium-sized five-door hatchback. This model is the third-generation 1 Series, which was launched in the second half of 2019.

Unlike previous models, the latest version is front-wheel drive rather than rear-wheel drive. This has been controversial among BMW enthusiasts, but less so among actual 1 Series customers. Additionally, this generation is only available as a five-door hatchback, with the three-door version being dropped.

The BMW 1 Series has received generally good to very good reviews from the UK motoring media. The more performance-oriented titles have lamented the switch to front-wheel drive, claiming that it has made the car less enjoyable to drive. However, more consumer-oriented titles have been more praiseworthy, highlighting the increased practicality and efficiency of a conventional front-wheel drive layout (which is why every other mid-size hatchback is built that way).

More BMW ratings, reviews, news and features

Body style: Five-door hatchbatck
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £24,475 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2019
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA

MEDIA REVIEWS

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

Auto Express

+

Auto Trader

+

Autocar

+

Car

+

Car Keys

+

Carbuyer

+

Carwow

+

Company Car Today

+

Daily Mirror

+

Evo

+

Fleetworld

+

Honest John

+

Parkers

+

The Sun

+

The Telegraph

+

Top Gear

+

What Car?

+

Which?

+

SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2019

83%

ADULT OCCUPANT

87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

76%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

72%

SAFETY ASSIST

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.

Security Rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

Thatcham Research logo 150x65px

Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: 2019

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW 1 Series has received

2020

  • Fleet World Awards – Best Lower Medium Fleet Car
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Lower Medium Car

Similar cars

If you’re interested in the BMW 1 Series, you might also like to consider these alternatives

Alfa Romeo Giulietta | Audi A3Infiniti Q30 | Lexus CT | Mercedes-Benz A-Class | Volkswagen Golf

More BMW ratings, reviews, news and features

More Ratings

The latest cars we've analysed

Honda e

The Honda e electric city car has been praised for its retro-futuristic styling and technology, but criticised for poor battery range.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has received generally good reviews, with the updated 2019 model being a useful improvement on the 2016 original.

Renault Mégane

The Renault Mégane has distinctive styling and generous equipment levels, but it's not as spacious and lacks the quality of its main rivals.

Skoda Octavia

Based on initial UK reviews, the Skoda Octavia holds an outstanding score of 86% on The Car Expert's unique Expert Rating index.

Toyota Yaris

The fourth-generation Toyota Yaris has a clever hybrid powertrain to maximise electric power, but the interior isn't as nice as some rivals.

Mercedes-Benz GLB

The Mercedes-Benz GLB has an Expert Rating that ranks it in the middle of the mid-sized SUV field, although its seven-seat option is a plus.

Related news

We think you may also like these articles