BMW 1 Series: Specs, Models and Features

Written by Nationwide Cars on 17 Jul 2019, 2:55 p.m.

BMW 1 Series: Specs, Models and Features

The BMW 1 Series is one of the most popular choices in the BMW range - and there is good reason for this. Here at Nationwide Cars, we have outlined everything you need to know about the BMW 1 Series. From specifications, the newest models and other features that you may need to consider before purchasing one, read on to find out more about the BMW 1 Series today. 

What is the BMW 1 Series?

First launching in 2004, the BMW 1 Series has been a popular and affordable choice into BMW ownership. As a result, the model became the best selling BMW in the UK for 2018. Since its launch, BMW have sold over two million 1 Series models. 

During its time, the series has undergone a dramatic engineering transformation. Based on customer reviews and feedback, the newer models have focussed on increasing practicality, meaning that they are more spacious than before. Over the years, BMW have morphed their signature compact car line to now include models such as the five-door 116d SE series 1 hatchback. In the UK, the series consists of five models, with the most popular being the petrol 118i which has a 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine. 

BMW 1 Series 2020

The newest model is available from September, and is the first of the series that has switched from a rear-wheel drive, to a front-wheel drive. It is available in either 116d diesel or 118i petrol in both manual and automatic. The benefits of this model including having more packing potential, increased cabin space and improved grip which allows for an overall more confident driving experience. Although the 2020 model is larger inside (with more leg and head room), it appears more compact than older versions. Available only as a five door, this model makes an excellent family car. Other specifications for the newest 118i model include:

  • Three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo engine 

  • Capable of 50 miles per gallon

  • Nought to 60 in 8.5 seconds

Specifications for the 1.5 litre 116d diesel include:

  • 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine

  • Capable of 70 miles per gallon.

Specifications for the 2 litre 116d diesel include:

  • 2 litre three-cylinder engine

  • Capable of 65 miles per gallon

How much is a BMW 1 Series?

At Nationwide Cars, our BMW 1 Series range starts from £21,232 for the 118i Sport 5 door. With a number of great features and technical specs, it is also an economical and practical vehicle. Newer models, such as the BMW 1 Series 2020, are available to purchase with prices starting from £24,430. For the 2020 model, customers can expect delivery from September. 

Whilst there are newer models on the market, all BMW 1 Series make great cars. At Nationwide Cars, we have a range of great deals on all BMW 1 Series models with some of the best deals around. If you are interested in being a proud BMW owner, then please contact us today. We will be happy to help you pick the right model for you. Alternatively, we have a wide variety of brand new cars to choose from with some huge discounts and great finance options available.