BMW

BMW 1 SERIES HATCHBACK 118i [1.5] Sport 5dr [Nav/Servotronic]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2170 g/km

THE ONE TO HAVE?

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

If the compact family hatch you really want needs an extra touch of class, it probably needs a smart badge on the bonnet. If that's the kind of car you're looking at and you want a premium model from the 2015-2018 period, the facelifted version of BMW's second generation 1 Series model is a car that deserves your attention, this F20/F21-series design rejuvenated in 2015 with sleeker styling, a smarter cabin, extra technology and a range of more powerful, yet more efficient engines. A wide range of models offer everything from three cylinder frugality to storming six cylinder power and the option of all-wheel drive. It's a strong contender.

Models

4dr/5dr Hatch (118i/120i/125i/M135i/M140i/116d/118d/120d/120d xDrive/125d)

History

This 1 Series model may represent the lowest rung of the BMW ownership ladder but it continues to encapsulate everything that buyers love about the brand. The Munich maker reckons that proof of this was delivered in 2015 by this improved version of the second generation F20/F21-series design. BMW is a company that has always done things differently, a refreshing trait in a sea of automotive sameness. The Bavarian brand's reputation as the purveyor of 'The Ultimate Driving Machine' was built around rear wheel drive and that famed perfect 50/50 weight distribution, cornerstones that were put to the test earlier this century when the time came at last to develop a compact hatch to slot in below their all-conquering 3 Series. Compact hatches are packaged so tightly that they can only really be front-driven - or at least that's what everybody thought until BMW brought out the very first 1 Series model in 2004, that E81/E82/E87/E88-series design pioneering rear wheel drive in this segment. Compact hatches are usually also fairly predictably styled, a concept that original 1 Series design also turned on its head with its unique, unconventional looks that offered a real alternative to cars like Audi's A3 and the Mercedes' A-Class. Both these unique selling points were retained when, with 2.2 million global sales on the board, the time came to launch the original version of this car, the F20/F21 model second generation 1 Series, which gained 'Sports Hatch' branding and was originally introduced here in the Autumn of 2011. This design was a big improvement - and needed to be to face down the challenge of all-new versions of key rivals like Audi's A3 and the Mercedes A-Class. The looks, though still individual, got a sleeker finish and extra room was freed up in what had previously been a rather cramped rear cabin. Time moves on though and by 2015, both these two key competitors had seriously upped their game, especially in the areas of efficiency and connectivity. Other models had also emerged to challenge German brand dominance in the premium compact hatch segment, a sector that by now was offering increasingly credible contenders like Volvo's V40 and the Lexus CT200h. It was for all these reasons that a rejuvenated version of this second generation 1 Series Sports Hatch model was needed - and delivered - in the Spring of 2015. By then, BMW was able to give this car access to the frugal three cylinder petrol and diesel engines it had developed for the third generation MINI Hatch. Plus there was the chance for BMW's clever 'ConnectedDrive' suite of hi-tech infotainment and media services to filter down into 1 Series ownership, offering the kind of cutting-edge connectivity previously restricted to the brand's very priciest models. The idea was that offering buyers all of this, along with smarter looks and a higher quality cabin, would re-establish this car as a definitive choice in its segment. Here, we check out these facelifted F20/F21-series model for used buyers. They sold until the third generation front-driven 1 Series model was launched in the Autumn of 2019.

What You Get

Taking any compact car and making it rear wheel driven will always mean an inevitable set of constraints when it comes to styling and packaging. For such a layout, you'll need a longitudinally mounted engine - so a long bonnet. And a driveshaft running to the rear axle - which will compromise rear cabin space. Even given the need for all of this, the original first generation 1 Series model [E81/E82/E87/E88] was still an unusual-looking thing and had rear seat space poorer than some two-door coupes. In 2011, both issues were certainly improved by this second generation F20/F21 design, a car longer and wider than its predecessor, with a more mature, grown-up feel that was further developed by this revised version. The changes made are most obvious at the front, where a smarter lower apron with larger air intakes and a horizontal bar combines with sleeker headlamps featuring LED daytime driving lights. Inside up-front, BMW sought to move this car a little more up-market. There are nicer materials on show than in the pre-facelift F20/F21 cars, along with smarter seat fabrics, a gloss black finish to the centre dash and extra chrome accents around the air vents, the stereo and the climate controls. What else? Well as usual, the low-slung driving position perfectly places you in front of a grippy three-spoke leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel through which can be viewed a familiar pair of clear analogue dials. Not so good is rearward visibility thanks to the rather narrow rear screen. Rear seat room is at a premium thanks to the rear wheel drive format, though obviously you'll be better off with the F21 5-door version than the F20 3-door. The boot is 360-litres in size, regardless of your choice between three or five-door body styles.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Our owner survey did reveal many satisfied users of this 'F20/F21'-series model, but inevitably, there were a few issues reported. A number of 1 Series that are fitted with an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) module could have an issue with it leaking. In extreme circumstances, it might even cause a fire, so affected cars should be inspected by a BMW dealer to find out if it needs replacing. What else? Well screws in the variable camshaft timing (VANOS system) may loosen over time on some models and potentially break off. If that happens, the VANOS system may malfunction and cause problems with the valve timing of the engine. Because the 1 Series is rear-wheel drive, there is a propshaft to take the power from the engine at the front and send it to the back wheels. A union at the front may fail and require a replacement to be fitted. The fuel pump in the tank may stop working because it has components that haven't been nickel-plated correctly. A warning lamp and message will be displayed in the instrument cluster, but the brakes and steering should still work. If your car is affected, it'll need a new pump. A bolt in the clutch pressure plate may work loose over time and result in the inability to select any gears and, therefore, lose drive. A small number of cars were affected by this recall, and your BMW dealer will be able to advise you further. There's a possibility that due to faulty software in the crankshaft sensor, you may experience rough running, reduced engine power or an engine stall while in motion. If your car is affected, the dealer may need to replace the whole sensor. Obviously, a fully-stamped service history is vital. This car uses complex engines and only regular and appropriate maintenance will see them go the distance. Otherwise, it's just the usual things. Insist on a fully stamped-up service record and check the alloys for scratches and scuffs.

Replacement Parts

[based on a 2015 model 120d diesel ex-vat] Parts prices for a 1 Series model from this period can be reasonable if you shop around. We trawled around the internet and found these: An oil filter is in the £27 bracket. An air filter is around £54. A fuel filter is around £43. Front brake discs cost in the £133 bracket. Rear brake discs cost in the £282 bracket. A set of front brake pads is around £80-£83; rear pads are around £54. Rear shock absorbers are around £194, while a clutch kit is around £438.

On the Road

There's no doubt about this 1 Series model's unique selling point from a driver's point of view: it's the only car in this class with rear wheel drive. If you're an enthusiast, you'll notice the difference immediately you throw this BMW into a corner and enjoy the way that the back end pushes you through the apex. Even if drive dynamics aren't a priority for you, you'll notice a greater responsiveness about this car, particularly if you make good use of the standard 'Drive Performance Control' system that allows you to tweak throttle, steering, stability control thresholds and, with auto transmission, gear change timings to suit the way you want to drive. Under the bonnet, BMW introduced a couple of 1.5-litre three cylinder engines borrowed from the MINI into this facelifted F20/F21 model, a 136bhp petrol unit in the 118i and a 116bhp diesel in the 116d. Otherwise, most buyers go for one of the 2.0-litre four cylinder diesels, offered with 150bhp in the 118d, 190bhp in two and four-wheel drive versions of the 120d and 224bhp in this 125d. For petrol people, there's also a 1.6-litre 170bhp unit in the 120i, a 2.0-litre 218bhp engine in the 125i and a storming uprated 326bhp straight six turbo powerplant in the flagship M135i hot hatch, quickly uprated to 340bhp by the replacement M140i.

Overall

Other car makers create a premium compact hatchback by merely prettying up the ingredients of an existing cheap one. BMW's 1 Series was different in its first two generations of life, with rear wheel drive giving this car a distinctive selling point. It certainly still looks unique too in this F20/F21 MK2 model form. Perhaps that's why 70% of its buyers tended to be new to the BMW brand. Those liking a style in this form easier to get on with and not needing to regularly transport rear seat passengers were understandably regularly seduced by its uncorrupted steering, great chassis balance and brilliant efficiency. Of course, many of this model's more subtle attributes will probably be lost on a clientele drawn chiefly to its badge. Still, whatever your motivation for purchase, go for one of these and that warm and fuzzy feeling that accompanies making a smart decision is never too far away.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Rear window wiper
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing

  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Braking readiness
  • Active differential brake (ADB), electronic differential lock in DSC-OFF mode
  • Front ventilated brake disc
  • Rear brake discs
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic stability control plus

  • Anthracite Velour front and rear floor mats

  • Drive Performance Control

  • BMW remote services
  • Speed limiter
  • Servotronic Power Assisted Steering

  • Automatic start/stop system
  • Eco pro mode

  • Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Personal Profile
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • On board diagnostics
  • Brake force display
  • BMW Online services
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off

  • Electrically adjustable heated door mirrors and washer jets

  • Battery age recognition function

  • BMW professional radio with CD player
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Dark chrome exhaust tailpipe
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Rear window aerial
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Lightweight engineering
  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Rear bumper with high gloss black finish
  • High gloss black extra wide kidney grille with black vertical slats
  • Front air inlet with high gloss black finish

  • Offside rear fog lights
  • Headlight beam throw control
  • Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
  • Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
  • Daytime driving lights
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • High level third brake light
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Dynamic brake lights

  • 12V power socket in passenger footwell
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Conditioned based service
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
  • Glovebox
  • Manually adjustable steering column
  • Front storage compartment in centre console and in door trim
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Front door sill finishers in BMW designation
  • Front folding sliding armrest with storage compartment
  • Glove box handle with chrome surround
  • Two sills lashing eyes in the luggage compartment
  • Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat

  • Interior light in front centre interior mirrors and rear centre auto interior light activation when door is opened when ignition switched off
  • Welcome lighting
  • Front/rear courtesy lights with soft on/off dimming

  • Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights
  • Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Twin horns
  • Side impact protection
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles

  • Isofix child seat for two outer rear seats
  • Rear folding head restraints
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • Automatic drive away locking facility
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Remote control integrated key with red inset
  • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm with remote control and immobiliser
  • 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

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres
  • Run flat tyres

  • Noise Level dB(A): 71
  • CO: 0.164
  • HC: 0.041
  • NOx: 0.016
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0004
  • CO2 (g/km): 137
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 218
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 219
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 177
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 170

  • Engine Code: B38B15M0
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 38.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 54.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 36.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.7

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Sport [Nav/Ser]
  • Coin Description: i
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 18E

  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 162
  • Engine Torque - NM: 220
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1250
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.5
  • Top Speed: 130
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 22.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 655
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 1984
  • Height: 1421
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4329
  • Width: 1765
  • Wheelbase: 2690

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1305
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1870
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 360
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 650
  • Max. Loading Weight: 565
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1200
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

  • Sun protection glass: £300
  • Windscreen with grey shadeband: £75

  • Adaptive M Sport suspension: £750
  • M sport suspension: £240

  • Apple CarPlay preparation: £235
  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £395
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface: Included

  • Park assist - Parallel, perpendicular and parking exit: £255
  • Reversing assist camera: £330
  • Variable sport steering: £220
  • Rear park distance control: Included
  • Electric power steering: Included
  • Front/rear Parking distance control: £295
  • Cruise control with brake function: £400

  • Speed limit info: £200
  • Professional multimedia navigation system: £0
  • Wifi hotspot preparation: £0

  • Electric folding and anti dazzle exterior mirrors with auto dimming, rear view mirror when chosen with interior comfort pack: £145
  • Electric folding and anti dazzle exterior mirrors with auto dimming, rear view mirror: £275
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror: Included
  • Black mirror caps: £0
  • Body colour mirror caps: Included

  • High gloss black interior trim with coral red finish: Included
  • Fineline stream wood interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £240
  • High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish: £0

  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £600
  • BMW advanced loudspeaker system: £295
  • Online entertainment: £0
  • 6 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Electric glass sunroof: £895
  • High gloss shadow line: £180
  • Model designation deletion: £0
  • Chrome line exterior trim: £180
  • Model designation: Included

  • Adaptive LED headlights with LED foglights and high beam assist: £1,190
  • LED Headlights: £645
  • LED front fog lights: £0
  • High beam assistant: £110
  • Front fog lights: Included
  • Headlight wash system: £195
  • Halogen headlights: Included

  • Two zone automatic air conditioning: £0
  • Automatic single zone air conditioning: Included

  • Luggage compartment separating nets: £105
  • Anthracite headlining: £150
  • Heated steering wheel: £160
  • Through load system: £175
  • Dakota leather upholstery: £1,150
  • 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel with red stitching: Included
  • 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel with black stitching: £0
  • Corner cloth upholstery: Included
  • Full black panel display: £125

  • Luggage compartment lighting: Included
  • Ambient lighting - switchable BMW classic orange/ cold white LED: Included

  • Extended storage pack when chosen with Driving assistant pack - 1 Series: £0
  • Non Smokers pack: Included
  • Interior comfort pack - 1 Series: £460
  • Smoker's pack: £25
  • BMW Navigation pack - 1 Series: Included
  • Media pack - Professional - 1 Series: £900
  • Extended storage pack - 1 Series: Included
  • Driving assistant pack - 1 Series Hatch: £390

  • Metallic - Sparkling Brown: £560
  • Metallic - Melbourne red: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £560
  • Metallic - Glacier Silver: £560
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £560
  • Metallic - Mediterranean blue: £560
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £560
  • Metallic - Seaside blue: £560

  • Solid - Jet black: £0
  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Electric front seat adjustment - drivers with memory: £650
  • Manual adjust driver/passenger seats: Included
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support: £195
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating: £315

  • Comfort access system: £350

  • Towbar with detachable ball: £600

  • Corner cloth - Anthracite with grey highlight: £0
  • Corner cloth - Anthracite with red highlight: £0

  • Dakota leather - Oyster/Black world: £1,150
  • Dakota leather - Black with red piping: £1,150
  • Dakota leather - Black: £1,150
  • Dakota leather - Cognac with brown piping: £1,150

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket: Included

  • 17" light star spoke alloy wheels - style 379: £0
  • 17" light Y spoke alloy wheels - style 380: £0
  • 18" light double spoke alloy wheels - style 385: £545
  • 17" light double spoke alloy wheels - style 655: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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