BMW

BMW 1 SERIES HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITION 118i [1.5] M Sport Shadow Ed 5dr Step Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2175 g/km

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.

STILL THE ONE?

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.

Ten Second Review

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.

Background

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. If you like the idea of potent 2.0-litre petrol power but find yourself happy with front wheel drive, BMW will offer you the M135i's engine in de-tuned 265hp form in the front-driven 128ti sports variant.

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.

Summary

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.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Sun protection glass
  • 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
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Dynamic stability control plus
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • M Sport braking system
  • Brake drying

  • 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

  • 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
  • Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
  • On board diagnostics
  • Brake force display
  • BMW Online services

  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Electrically adjustable heated door mirrors and washer jets

  • Battery age recognition function

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system
  • BMW professional radio with CD player

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

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

  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Manually adjustable steering column
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Glovebox
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
  • Door sill finishers with illuminated M designation
  • Conditioned based service
  • 12V power socket in passenger footwell
  • 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 folding sliding armrest with storage compartment
  • Glove box handle with chrome surround
  • Two sills lashing eyes in the luggage compartment
  • M sports multi function leather steering wheel
  • Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel

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

  • Side impact protection
  • Twin horns
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • 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
  • 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
  • Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front head restraints
  • Rear folding head restraints

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Automatic drive away locking facility
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Remote control integrated key with blue 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

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres
  • Run flat tyres

  • Noise Level dB(A): 66
  • CO: 0.216
  • HC: 0.038
  • NOx: 0.011
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0005
  • CO2 (g/km): 131
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 223
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 182
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 175

  • 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: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 40.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 55.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 35.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.9

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M Sport Shadow Ed
  • 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: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 80797
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E

  • 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): 8.7
  • Top Speed: 130
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 22.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/35 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 719M
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1320
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1900
  • 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: 580
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1200
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

  • Windscreen with grey shadeband: £75

  • Adaptive M Sport suspension: £515
  • Delete M sports suspension: £0
  • M sport suspension: Included

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

  • Reversing assist camera: £330
  • Active cruise control with stop and go: £430
  • Park assist - Parallel, perpendicular and parking exit: £255
  • Rear park distance control: Included
  • Electric power steering: Included
  • Front/rear Parking distance control: £295
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included
  • Variable sport steering: £220

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

  • Brushed aluminium trim finishers with black high gloss highlight: £0
  • Hexagon aluminium trim with estoril blue matt finish: Included
  • Hexagon aluminium trim with black high gloss finish: £0
  • Fineline stream wood interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £85
  • High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish: £0
  • Brushed aluminium interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £85

  • Online entertainment: £0

  • Model designation deletion on side: £0
  • Model designation deletion: £0
  • Solid paint: Included
  • High gloss shadow line: Included
  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Electric glass sunroof: £895
  • Chrome line exterior trim: £0
  • Chrome 'M' logo side designation: Included
  • Model designation: Included

  • Adaptive LED headlights with LED foglights and high beam assist: £495
  • LED headlights with darkened surround: Included
  • Headlight wash system: £195
  • High beam assistant: £110
  • LED front fog lights: Included

  • Two zone automatic air conditioning: £385
  • Automatic single zone air conditioning: Included

  • Premium colour Dakota leather upholstery: £800
  • Luggage compartment separating nets: £105
  • Full black panel display: £125
  • Heated steering wheel: £160
  • Through load system: £175
  • Dakota leather upholstery: Included

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

  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £560
  • Metallic - Melbourne red: £560
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £560
  • Metallic - Estoril Blue: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £560

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

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

  • Comfort access system: £350

  • Towbar with detachable ball: £600

  • Dakota leather - Black with blue stitching: £0

  • 18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 719M in Bicolour Jet Black: Included
  • 18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 719M in Jet Black: £0

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