Updates for BMW 1 and 3 Series

  • New 114i offers lower company car tax bills
  • Saloon and Touring 3 Series get new engines
  • Premium sat nav system for 3 Series saloon

BMW has announced updates to its 1 Series, 3 Series saloon and 3 Series Touring ranges – and they’ll all be available from November.

The most interesting update as far as company car drivers go will probably be the new 114i – a 1 Series with a 1.6-litre petrol engine. Available in both three- and five-door body styles, with 95bhp available it’ll hit 62mph in 12.2 seconds with a top speed of 115mph. Crucially though it’ll be capable of CO2 emissions as low as 112g/km, meaning company car tax will be payable at 13%. Fuel economy will be a claimed 65.7mpg on the combined cycle.

Another update which may interest company car drivers is a trio of new engines for the 3 Series Touring. One petrol engine and two diesel engines join the range.

The former is a 2.0-litre unit which boasts 184bhp, meaning 62mph is possible in 7.5 seconds and top speed is 145mph. CO2 emissions are 152g/km, meaning Benefit-in-Kind is payable at 21%, and claimed combined fuel economy is 45.6mpg. The diesel offering are both 2.0-litre engines, too. The 316d version makes 116bhp, while the 318d has 143bhp. That means 62mph in 11.2 and 9.2 seconds respectively. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are the same for both models, at 60.1mpg and 123g/km. The 316d Touring will start from £26,180 and the 318d Touring will start from £28,280.

There’s also a pair of new petrol engines for the 3 Series saloon. The 320i is a 1.6-litre car which makes 170bhp, delivering claimed fuel economy of 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and emitting 124g/km of carbon dioxide – meaning company car tax is payable at 15%. It’ll hit 62mph in 7.6 seconds. At the bottom end of the range, BMW is also introducing a 316i. Using the same type of engine as the 320i, this one hits 62mph in 8.9 seconds, returns a claimed 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and emits 134g/km of CO2. The 316i will be priced from £22,850 while the 320i will cost from £25,730.

Finally, BMW has announced a new version of its Navigation System Professional will be available on the 3 Series saloon as well as the Touring. Priced from £1,995, the system is quicker and more powerful than its predecessor and is capable of displaying its information in 3D.