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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The small BMW received a top five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP and systems used on larger BMWs are included in the 1-Series. These include ABS brakes, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Dynamic Brake Control and Cornering Brake Control. All cars get six airbags and run flat tyres, so there's no need to stop to change the wheel if you get a puncture.

A keyless entry system recognises the key in driver's pocket and automatically opens the door.

Customers can choose from three-door (from 2007) or five-door body styles. The rear-wheel-drive layout eats into boot space and the suspension intrudes quite a lot, however, there's a 60/40 split to the folding rear seats. It's worth bearing in mind that people do not choose the 1-Series for its practicality though.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 1-Series Hatchback (04-11).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

(Dynamic) equipment

(Dynamic) standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
(Dynamic) optional equipment
None available

Edition ES equipment

Edition ES standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Edition ES optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
ES optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows

M Sport LE equipment

M Sport LE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
M Sport LE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Rear electric windows

Performance Edition equipment

Performance Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Sports seats
Performance Edition optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows

Euro NCAP Rating

The BMW 1-Series Hatchback (04-11) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 3 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.