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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating in 2012
  • Generous levels of safety kit as standard
  • Even wider range of optional features, though

Like many premium manufacturers, BMW boasts an enviable safety record, as evidenced by the 1 Series Sports Hatch’s five-star rating when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP back in 2012.

Not only is it particularly strong, it’s packed with safety-related kit including stability software, Dynamic Traction Control with Brake Control (allowing individual wheels to be slowed to maximise traction as well as safety), automatic lights and wipers, LED rear lights and foglamps.

M Sport and M140i models also boast standard LED headlights.

BMW 1 Series Sports Hatch optional safety equipment

You can’t be too safe, of course, so there’s a wide range of extra-cost options and bundles to consider, including adaptive cruise control, a self-parking system, adaptive LED headlights that turn the beam pattern with your steering input and a Driving Assistant pack.

This comprises of an attentiveness assistant, low-speed autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning and preventative pedestrian protection.

  • Roomy up front, but cramped in the rear
  • Small boot, even with seats folded
  • Lots of stowage space in the cabin

Practicality was not a strong point of the first-generation 1 Series Sports Hatch, but this version of the BMW is a little better.

In the rear it’s still very tight and although there are five seatbelts, you’ll struggle to fit that many adults in comfortably – even four might struggle. Plus, as with any car of that configuration, access to the rear seats of the three-door is a hassle many will choose not to have.

There are plenty of cubby holes dotted around the front of the cabin to keep spare change and other bits and pieces in place but none of the easy-access ones are especially deep. Time to hide your cabin detritus away.

It’s a compact three- and five-door range of hatchbacks – despite that long bonnet giving a different impression from the driver’s seat – so you’ll have little bother slotting it into a conventionally-sized garage or a parking space in an archetypal multi-storey.

Although back-seat passenger space is compromised by the BMW’s rear-wheel drive arrangement, the boot capacity hasn’t been impinged to the same degree. 


With all seats in place there’s 360 litres of volume in the boot – about 20 litres shy of what a Golf can muster. Tumble the 60:40 split rear seats over – a convenient 40:20:40 split is optionally available – and that increases to a more useful 1,200 litres. Although it’s unlikely you’ll want to use your BMW like a makeshift small van.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 1-Series Hatchback (11-19).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • 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
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats

EfficientDynamics equipment

EfficientDynamics standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
EfficientDynamics optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

EfficientDynamics Business equipment

EfficientDynamics Business standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
EfficientDynamics Business optional equipment
None available

EfficientDynamics Plus equipment

EfficientDynamics Plus standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
EfficientDynamics Plus optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
ES optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

M Performance equipment

M Performance standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
M Performance optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

M Sport Shadow Edition equipment

M Sport Shadow Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
M Sport Shadow Edition optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows

M135i equipment

M135i standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
M135i optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

M140i equipment

M140i standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
M140i optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows

M140i Championship Edition equipment

M140i Championship Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
M140i Championship Edition optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows

M140i Shadow Edition equipment

M140i Shadow Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
M140i Shadow Edition optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Rear electric windows

Performance Edition equipment

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

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
SE optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

SE Business equipment

SE Business standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
SE Business optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear electric windows

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • DVD
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

Urban equipment

Urban standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
Urban optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The BMW 1-Series Hatchback (11-19) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2012
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 91%
Child Occupant: 83%
Vulnerable Road Users: 63%
Safety Assist: 86%

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.