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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 30 - 64 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

The 1 Series should be the class-leader when it comes to resale values. All average mileage models should be worth at least 60% of their original price after three years. While the original range of engines were competitive in terms of power output and efficiency, technology introduced in 2007 resulted in some exceptional improvements in fuel consumption and lower emissions.

Thanks to the Efficient Dynamics program, the 1 Series performs well on the eco front. With an average of just 150g/km CO2 across the model line-up, its emissions are very good for a small hatchback plus the range is also very economical, averaging 48mpg. The fuel saving system uses a host of features, the most noticeable of which is the stop/start function.

Standard on manual versions of most 1 Series models, the system switches off the engine once the vehicle is stopped with the gearstick in neutral and the clutch pedal released. To restart, the driver engages the clutch and the engine comes back to life almost instantaneously.

The interior build quality feels robust and BMW's track record is superb with no major problems reported on the 1 Series so far in terms of equipment.

BMW 1 Series Sports Hatch recalls

There were three recalls that affected the 1 Series Sports Hatch, though. One was suspension-related, while another was specific to the brakes, but in 2018 a larger-scale recall was announced relating to an electrical fault that caused some versions of the BMW to cut out while they were being driven.

Petrol- and diesel-engined models built between March 2007 and August 2011 could be affected, so check with a BMW dealer to ensure any necessary work has been carried out on a used example you are considering.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £565
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Insurance group 17 - 34
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