BMW 1-series review - more engaging than the competition - MPG and running costs

A wonderfully rear-drive premium compact hatchback

Evo rating
from £21,840
  • Adjustable rear-drive chassis, massive range of efficient and powerful engines
  • Rear space not great and most desirable models are costly

MPG and running costs

Although BMW trades on its sporty image, it has also managed to carve out an enviable niche for itself by being early to the market with a range of economy-promoting measures it refers to as EfficientDynamics. Others have caught up since, but the 1 Series is still remarkably efficient in all guises. The star from a Green Party pleasing point of view is the 116d SE, as it returns a commendable 78.5mpg on the combined cycle and has an emissions rating of just 94g/km (96g/km with the auto').

That should make it a superstar among junior managers that might not have otherwise afforded a new BMW on the company scheme. However, all of the diesels are remarkably efficient. The thirstiest is the 125d, returning a still brilliant 61.4mpg with emissions as low as 121g/km.

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Naturally, the petrol variants are less economical, but even the M140i comes with an official combined economy figure of 36.2mpg in manual form or 39.8mpg as an auto, while the entry-level petrol car, the unassuming 118i, returns over 50mpg. Buyers really should think long and hard about whether they truly need a diesel version.

When ordering a new 1 Series, it's possible to avail of BMW's good-value inclusive servicing packages, which start from £299 for three years or 36,000 miles.

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