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First look: BMW 1-Series

  • Increased passenger space and improved engines
  • First production BMW to break 100g/km mark
  • On sale from September 17, starting at £19,375

BMW has revealed the all-new second-generation version of its popular 1-Series hatchback.

The latest model is longer and wider than the car it replaces - meaning extra room and added comfort inside - while it comes with a host of new petrol engines and improved engines.

On offer from launch are two petrol and three diesel engines. These start with the new four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines. The choice is a 1.6-litre petrol producing 136bhp - with a 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds - and a 170bhp producing 1.8-litre version topping the petrol list. This will cover the same benchmark sprint in 7.4 seconds.

The diesel choice begins with the 1.6-litre (116d) making 116bhp: it's the cleanest in the range with emissions of 117g/km - meaning a tax bill of £30 per year. This engine will later be offered with EfficientDynamics (including stop/start) and is expected to drop emissions to 99g/km, making it exempt from road tax. On the economy front it will achieve 62.8mpg and an increase to 74.3mpg with the green tech additions.

All models come with a choice of six-speed manual gearbox or a new eight-speed automatic, although this can only be specified with cars in Sport trim.

More powerful diesel offerings are the 1.8-litre (118d) with 143bhp and finally the 12.0-litre (120d) producing 184bhp. This is the best-performing across the line-up and will hit 62mph in 7.2 seconds.

This latest version is 83mm longer, 14mm wider and has a longer wheelbase of 30mm. All this adds up to an extra 20mm of rear passenger legroom, hardly cavernous but it all helps. Luggage space has also increased up from 330 litres to 360 litres. Drop the seats and this rises to 1,200 litres.

One of the biggest gripes often aimed at BMW is the paucity of standard kit on offer. However, the company claims this has been improved for the new model. Entry level ES models get leather steering wheel, chrome exhaust, keyless start and some fancy cloth seats as standard. Next in the line-up is the SE model which gets the technical gubbins including 6.5-inch monitor with iDrive for USB and Bluetooth connection.

Finally there are two exclusive new trims to allow customers more choice with a Sport model and Urban version to choose from.

The new 1-Series goes on sale in September with prices starting at £19,375 for the 116i ES model.