Which BMW 1 Series Should I Buy?

Are you considering buying a used BMW 1 Series car? In this article, we’ll guide you through the options, so that you find the right one for you!


BMW 1 Series Trim

BMW 1 Series cars currently come in three different trims: SE, Sport and M Sport. The equipment which comes as standard is quite generous, including keyless start, heated door mirrors, air-con, Bluetooth, 16-inch alloy wheels and automatic lights and wipers.

If you upgrade to Sport trim, you will be treated to 17-inch alloys, sports seats, ambient lighting and subtle exterior styling differences, which give the model a more dynamic look. At the top of the range, the M Sport trim offers 18-inch alloys, M Sport suspension, LED headlights, Alcantara upholstery and M Aerodynamic body styling.

If you were to buy new, the Sport trim would cost an extra £1,000, while the M Sport would be £2,700 more, but you won’t see as much of a price difference with used BMW 1 Series cars.


BMW 1 Series Engines

If you are not a frequent motorway driver and are more likely to take your 1 Series on short trips around the city, there are a number of petrol options to choose from: the 114i, 116i, 118i, 120i 125i, 130i, 135i, and 140i.

If you are expecting to cover a lot of miles on a regular basis, however, diesel is probably the better option, and you will have the choice of a frugal 116d Efficient Dynamics Plus engine, a 118d, 120d and 125d, with bhp ranging from 134 to 215.

The 116d is ideal if your priority is low running costs, while the 118d offers good performance as well as efficiency. If you are a bit more power hungry, the 120 and 125 options are worth the extra cost, but if you want the best performance from your BMW 1 Series, the M140i is an outstanding hot hatch.


Which BMW 1 Series is Right for Me?

Now that you know what is on offer, you should be able to match a trim and engine to your needs. Undoubtedly, you will have the most fun in a top-spec M140i, but a 118d will be a bit more practical and offer better value for money. The most basic trim is still impressive, although you will definitely notice the added luxury that comes with the Sport trim.


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