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BMW 1 Series Key Features

ECO PRO mode. BMW 1 Series

ECO PRO mode.

The ECO PRO mode helps drivers reduce their fuel consumption by up to 20 percent, depending on their driving style.

8-Speed Transmission. BMW 1 Series

8-Speed Transmission.

The 8-speed transmission sets new benchmarks in comfort and dynamic performance and is a key element of BMW Efficient Dynamics.

BMW xDrive. BMW 1 Series

BMW xDrive.

The intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system adapts perfectly to even the most challenging road surface conditions.

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  • Affordable entry-level premium hatchback
  • Sharp handling and superb steering
  • Powerful, frugal and refined diesel engine


  • Rear seating feels cramped
  • Limited rear visibility
  • Mediocre interior materials
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BMW 1 Series Reviews (16)

Amazing car

Overall rating: 3.75 Reviewed By: Nandan chaugule on 12 November 2019
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The beast is around the corner!

Overall rating: 3.75 Reviewed By: Chintan Soor on 29 October 2015
I wanted to buy a BMW because of its German engineering and efficient dynamics. This one fitted my bill and it has exceeded my expectations. Although its superior performance is no match for the cars in its class, I had trouble finding spare parts. Boy, they are expensive. Otherwise, BMW gave us one...  Read More »

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BMW 1 Series Overview

BMW 1 Series Overview
Bridging the gap between the supremely luxurious and mass segment vehicles, premium auto makers in India came up with a brainwave of inducting an entry level segment in Indian market that still fell in the premium bracket. BMW’s 1 Series hatchback is one such entry level luxury car that wears BMW badge but is priced considerably less than other vehicles in the portfolio. Hatchbacks are the first love of Indian buyers that are still in huge demand and seeing the undying demand for these petite wagons, luxury auto makers are now offering premium hatchbacks in their India line-up. For BMW, 1 Series is one of the breakthrough models that made it increase its customer reach in domestic market.BMW 1 Series Overview
Before we go any further, let us clarify that a comprehensive 1 Series facelift is already in the pipeline and the one we are discussing here is the replacement of the pre-facelift model rolled out to serve the customers before the next gen model comes in. Available only on the 118d Sport Line variant, the BMW 1 Series draws power from a diesel engine. The previous multiple choices of diesel as well as petrol engines have been shrunk to a single diesel motor. Modifications are visible on the dimensions as well, the new version measures a tad taller and longer than the predecessor. Styling changes on the exteriors are relatively noticeable, spruced up cabin features a couple of new fitments. Under the hood the engine remains same, but it has been tweaked to be slightly powerful. BMW 1 Series price in India is not as high as the other BMWs but considering that it is a hatchback it is a little pricey.
BMW 1 Series Overview

BMW 1 Series Exterior

BMW 1 Series Exterior
Talking about the changes made to the exteriors, the hatchback measure slightly longer and higher than the outgoing version. Nose gets changed headlights that appear larger featuring LED daytime-running lights and automatic beam throw control. The kidney-shaped radiator grille has also been tweaked; it gets eight slats finished in black high-gloss. Bumpers, both in front and rear have been revised; moreover the LED tail lights too appear wider than before. Rear features black chrome tail pipe trim that looks sporty. 17 inch alloy wheels are shod with all four tyres. Power folding outside rear view mirrors get integrated turn indicators and other features such as mirror heating and memory function. Other exterior features like fog lights, heat protection glazing, rain sensor and automatic driving lights have also been employed.BMW 1 Series Exterior

BMW 1 Series Interior

BMW 1 Series Interior
Cabin has received a modified infotainment system, the centre console gets piano black finishing, radio and air vents feature chrome accents and inside door handles are finished in matte silver. Single zone climate control is available as a standard fare, but there is also an option for a dual-zone climate control. The entry sills feature ‘BMW’ designation, speedometer and rev counter come with red chrono scales. A sport steering wheel with contrast stitching adds the much requisite sporty flair. An arm rest is placed in the front which can be slid, for storage there is a storage compartment also. Driver and co-passengers sport seats can be adjusted electrically, while memory function is available exquisitely on the driver’s seat. Storage compartment package offer ample space inside for storage. There is a smokers package as well in the cabin. Other vital features include a start/stop button, high resolution instrument display with extended contents and foldable rear seat backrest with 60:40 split feature. Besides, BMW Apps, Bluetooth with handsfree and USB connectivity, radio BMW professional with AUX-IN, CD drive, MP3 decoder and two-line display, sterio loudspeaker system, park distance control, iDrive, 16.5 colour display, CD drive and controller with direct menu control buttons are also available on board. Engine & Transmission: Power is generated by a 2.0 litre TwinTurbo power diesel engine with four cylinders; the engine is capable of producing 148 Hp at 4000 RPM along with 320 Nm between 1500 to 3000 RPM. BMW 1 Series transmission is an eight-speed steptronic automatic gearbox that sends drive to rear wheel. BMW driving experience control offers four driving modes namely- ECOPRO, comfort, sport and sport+.

BMW 1 Series Engine & Transmission

BMW 1 Series Engine & Transmission
Power is generated by a 2.0 litre TwinTurbo power diesel engine with four cylinders; the engine is capable of producing 148 Hp at 4000 RPM along with 320 Nm between 1500 to 3000 RPM. BMW 1 Series transmission is an eight-speed steptronic automatic gearbox that sends drive to rear wheel. BMW driving experience control offers four driving modes namely- ECOPRO, comfort, sport and sport+.

BMW 1 Series Mileage

BMW 1 Series Mileage
The 2.0 litre diesel motor is highly frugal and is claimed to return an imposing fuel efficiency of 23.26 kms in a litre. Moreover, features such as automatic start/stop function and brake energy regeneration aide towards increased fuel economy.

BMW 1 Series Braking and Safety

BMW 1 Series Braking and Safety
Braking features aboard include anti-lock-braking system with brake assist, cornering brake control and dynamic stability control including dynamic traction control. Airbags are housed in front for driver and co-passenger, besides head bags are also incorporated in front as well as rear and side bags are also available for driver and co-passenger. Other important safety hardware employed in1 Series hatchback includes BMW condition based service, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor, ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat indicator, runflat tyres with reinforced side walls, side-impact protection, warning triangle with first-aid kit, three-point seat belts at all seats, including pyrotechnic belt tensioners at front and belt force limiters at front.

BMW 1 Series Performance and Handling

BMW 1 Series Performance and Handling
The vehicle accelerates to 100 kmph from stand still within 8.1 seconds. Claimed top speed for BMW 1 Series is around 212 kmph which is good enough. The 2.0 litre diesel engine can yield good performance on road, there is less noise which means a quieter cabin. Handling and ride quality are on par with the performance, there is not much problem there. In fact, once you are out there, you pretty much enjoy the ride.

What do we think about BMW 1 Series?

What do we think about BMW 1 Series?
In our opinion, if budget is not something that bothers you and you want to have a variety of premium cars in different body styles, this is a good option for you. As for those who are looking to upgrade to a BMW badge from a not so premium one than look around as there are other options too that cost around the same. So essentially, this hatch is for those who are luxury conscious and are looking for a premium hatchback stuffed with top-notch goodies and ample space on offer. One thing that it gets right is the high fuel economy so the running cost is not going to be much. Also the performance is admirable so paying this much for a German badged car may not pinch as much.

BMW 1 Series Competitors

Premium hatchback segment does not have many options presently, just a handful of options mean the best in the league will have the advantage over the rivals. Frankly, this segment also does not have many takers at the moment as there are crossovers and sedan out there wearing the same German bagde as these hatchbacks and are available at almost the same price or maybe a little less or more. As for the direct competition in D segment hatchbacks, Mercedes A Class, Volvo V40 , BMW Mini Cooper and recently added Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione are included. As for the looks go, BMW 1 Series faces a stiff competition from Mercedes Benz A Class. Equipment wise,Fiat Abarth 595 lags behind the competition, however it is one of the most powerful performers in the segment. Offering a good space inside, BMW 1 Series has a lavish cabin which is a pro.

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