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BMW 1 Series (2004–2011)

Last updated 7 January 2019

Length 4227–4239 mm
Width 1748–1759 mm
Height 1421–1430 mm
Wheelbase 2660 mm
Boot Space 330–1150 L

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There have been reports that it's cramped. To which my reply is I'm 5' 9" and can happily sit behind myself. The boot is far from tiny either. And the rear seats flop down easily for carrying things like golf clubs if they won't lie across the boot. A One Series isn't space-efficient in the manner of a Honda Jazz or new Mitsubishi Colt. But a front-drive Golf isn't space-efficient either.

It comes as a bit of a surprise to find that Ones come with no spare wheel. There's nothing under the boot floor apart from a battery. Not even a Tyrefit kit. The reason is they're all on run-flat tyres. But not the run-flats that gave a harsh ride on Five Series. On my car they were Michelin Pilot Primacys: grippy, supple, with low rolling resistance.

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