BMW

BMW 1 SERIES DIESEL HATCHBACK 118d Sport 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2123 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.

  • 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
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets

  • Electrically operated hand brake
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • City braking function
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Braking readiness
  • Brake drying
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC

  • Velour floor mats

  • Drive Performance Control
  • Anti roll bar front and rear

  • Lane departure warning system
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Speed limiter
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Active guard plus
  • Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges

  • Pull away assistant
  • Eco pro mode

  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • Personal Profile
  • Connected eDrive Services
  • BMW Online services
  • On board computer
  • Integrated owners handbook

  • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour mirror caps

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel
  • Illuminated Berlin interior trim

  • Balancer shaft
  • Aluminium lightweight construction
  • Diesel particulate filter

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Bluetooth audio streaming

  • Visible VIN plate
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Chrome kidney grille with extra wide black, high gloss black vertical slats
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Body colour door handles
  • Chrome exhaust twin tailpipes round 90mm in left and right split
  • Fading support
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Matt black air guide grilles
  • Matt black roof moulding, B pillar finisher and wheel arch trim
  • Matt black window frame
  • Front door sill finishers in black plastic with BMW designation
  • Front bumper in Body colour with exclusive Sport air inlets finished in High gloss Black
  • Rear bumper in Body colour with exclusive Sport design elements finished in High gloss Black

  • Manual headlight beam throw control
  • Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
  • Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
  • LED eyebrow turn indicators
  • Preparation for high beam assistant
  • High level third brake light
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED front fog lights

  • Two zone automatic air conditioning

  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel in pearl Chrome
  • Front Armrest foldable with integrated storage compartment
  • Driver side folding compartment in instrument panel
  • Storage compartment in centre console
  • Conditioned based service
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Folding rear clothes hook
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Glove compartment
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Manual adjust steering wheel
  • Front and rear door pockets

  • Welcome lighting

  • Interior lights pack - 1 Series
  • Extended storage pack - 1 Series
  • Connected pack professional - 1 Series

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • 2 tone horn
  • Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
  • Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side impact protection

  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • Height adjustable front head restraints
  • Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Rear seat backrest with manual 60:40 split folding with 3 top tether clips integrated on rear of seat panels

  • 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
  • Deadlocking function system to all doors
  • Automatic drive away locking facility
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Incorrect fuel protection system
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment

  • 6 speed manual transmission
  • Electronic differential lock

  • Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 111
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 110
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 116
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 123
  • CO2 (g/km): 108
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B47C20U1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1995

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 58.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 74.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 68.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 56.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 72
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 23E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Coin Description: d
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque - NM: 350
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.5
  • Top Speed: 135
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 35.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 549

  • Width (including mirrors): 2081
  • Height: 1434
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4319
  • Width: 1799
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1405
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1950
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 42
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 380
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 740
  • Max. Loading Weight: 545
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1200
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

  • Sun protection glass: £300

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £350
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface: Included

  • Park assist including reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and reversing assist camera: £350
  • Front/rear Parking distance control: Included

  • Automatic tailgate operation: £500

  • Head up Display: £750
  • BMW Live Cockpit Plus with 8.8" central information display + nav function: Included
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system including 10.25" high resolution display and Intelligent Voice Assistant: £1,000
  • Wifi hotspot preparation: £0

  • Electric folding and anti dazzle exterior mirrors: £0

  • 42 Litre fuel tank: Included
  • Larger fuel tank capacity (50 litres): £50

  • Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf + 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats: Included
  • BMW gesture control: £300
  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £0

  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof: £1,000
  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Solid paint: Included

  • LED Headlights: Included
  • High beam assistant: £0
  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: £500

  • Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching: £1,150
  • Heated steering wheel: £150
  • Through load system: £150
  • Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather upholstery: Included
  • Luggage compartment separating nets: £150

  • Technology pack - 1 Series: £1,500
  • Luggage compartment pack - 1 Series: £0
  • Extended lighting pack - 1 Series: £0
  • Comfort pack 1 - 1 Series: £600
  • Comfort pack 2 - 1 Series: £1,500

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

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

  • Electric front seat adjustment - drivers with memory: £750
  • Manual adjust driver/passenger seats: Included
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support: £150
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating: £0

  • Comfort access system: £500

  • Towbar with detachable ball: £750

  • Dakota leather - Mocha: £1,150
  • Dakota leather - Black with grey highlight: £1,150
  • Dakota leather - Magma red with grey highlight: £1,150

  • Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather - Anthracite with grey highlight: £0
  • Nivala cloth/Sensatec leather - Anthracite with orange highlight: £0

  • 17" Burnished double spoke alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 549: Included
  • 17" Burnished double spoke Bi-colour alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 548: £175
  • 18" Burnished Multi-spoke Bi-colour alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 488: £595

  • Space saver spare wheel: £150
  • BMW mobility system: Included

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