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BMW 1 Series (2004–2011)

Last updated 7 January 2019

Model History

Engine range at launch: 116i is 1.6 with 115bhp and 150Nm torque, does 0-60 in 10.5 seconds, top speed 125 and combined mpg of 37.7. 120i has 2.0 litre 150bhp Valvetronic that also develops 200Nm torque at 3,600rpm, does 0-60 in 8.4 and tops out at 135mph. 118d is a 2.0 litre 122bhp, 280Nm diesel that does 0-60 in 9.7 seconds, 125mph and 50.4mpg, while 163bhp 340Nm 120d does 0-60 in 7.6 seconds, 137mpg and 49.6mpg.

All engines are EU4. 116i has 5-speed manual. all others have 6-speed manual. 6-speed auto option on 120i and 120d. DSC, DCT, Dynamic Brake Control C and electronic diff lock all standard. 118i added December 2004. 0-60mph dash in 9.1 seconds, top speed 129mph, 38.7mpg combined. 130i with new magnesium-aluminium 258bhp six from late 2005. All have 'runflat' get-you-home-without-stopping tyres.

March 2005
BMW 1 Series Edition ES models introduced

From March 2008 the line up of BMW 1 Series 3- and 5-door Sports Hatch derivatives has been extended. BMW 1 Series Edition ES models are available in 116i and 118d guises and, for a nominal price increase of £250 over the current ES model, offer substantial added value.

All 1 Series Edition ES models feature a 17-inch star-spoke alloy wheel, sport seats covered in upgraded cloth upholstery, three-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel and front fog lights. This package of additional equipment would normally add up to £1,340 to the cost of a standard ES model. The £250 upgrade benefits residual values too. CAP and Glass’s have indicated that Edition ES models are set to boost the BMW 1 Series’ already strong residual values.

August 2005

130iSE and 130i M Sport from August 2005. 265bhp, 315Nm torque, 0-60 5.8, top speed 155 limited, 30.7mpg combines, 221g/km CO2. SE drives best on 17" wheels and 50 profile tyres (M Sport too stiff). Very quick, compact, rear drive car.

March 2007

Three-door option and revised range from Spring 2007

130i: World’s lightest six-cylinder production engine with VALVETRONIC and Bi-VANOS technology achieves zero to 62mph in 6.0 seconds (five-door is 6.1 seconds) and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Output is 265bhp while peak torque is 315Nm. Combined fuel consumption is 34.0mpg and CO2 emissions are 197g/km.

120i: New four-cylinder N43 engine with High-Precision Direct Injection and Bi-VANOS technology achieves zero to 62mph in 7.7 seconds (7.8 seconds for five-door) before going on to a top speed of 139mph. Output is 170hp (up 20hp) while peak torque is now 210Nm (up 10Nm). Combined fuel consumption is 44.1mpg (improves by 17 per cent), CO2 emissions are 152g/km (down 16 per cent).

118i: New four-cylinder N43 engine with High-Precision Direct Injection and Bi-VANOS technology achieves zero to 62mpg in 8.7 seconds (8.8 seconds for five-door) before going on to a top speed of 130mph. Output is 143hp (up 14hp) while peak torque is now 190Nm (up 10Nm). Combined fuel consumption is 47.9mpg (improves by 24 per cent), CO2 emissions are 140g/km (down 20.5 per cent).

116i (five-door only): Four-cylinder N43 engine with Bi-VANOS achieves zero to 62mph in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 124mph. Output is 116hp and peak torque is 150Nm. Combined fuel consumption is 37.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 179g/km.

120d: Second generation N47 common-rail diesel engine with aluminium crankcase achieves zero to 62mph in 7.5 seconds (7.6 seconds for five-door) before going on to a top speed of 142mph. Output is 177hp (up 14hp) while peak torque is 350Nm (up 10Nm). Combined fuel consumption is 57.6mpg (improves by 16 per cent) and CO2 emissions are 129g/km (down 15.1 per cent).

118d: Second generation N47 common-rail diesel engine with aluminium crankcase achieves zero to 62mph in 8.9 seconds (9.0 seconds for five door) before going on to a top speed of 130mph. Output is 143hp (up 21hp) while peak torque is 300Nm (up 20Nm). Combined fuel consumption is 60.1mpg (improved by 19 per cent) and CO2 emissions are 123g/km (down 18 per cent).

'Efficient Dynamics' features of new range include 'Brake Energy Regeneration' and AGM battery which only rechargers mon engine over-run, reducing CO2 by 3%; auto stop-start, electromechanical power steering that absorbs no power oin straight ahead, optimum gearchift indicator, low rolling resistance Michelin Primacy ZP runflat tyres, higher overall gearing in 6th and radiator flaps that help engine heat up faster and prevent it over-cooling in winter. 2007 range distinguished by single under bumper aperture.

July 2007

Mods from July 2007 mean that BMW 118d now records 62.8mpg combined and CO2 emissions of 119g/km – putting it into the Band B category for Vehicle Excise Duty. The BMW 118d now costs just £35 a year to tax. THIS MODEL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and is turning the 1-Series from a market failure to a success.

January 2008
116d announced

With a combined consumption figure of 64.2mpg and a CO2 emissions figure of 118g/km. Available either as three-door or five-door, the BMW 116d is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine producing 116hp. The 1,995cc powerplant with its 260Nm of torque from 1,750rpm ensures it is capable of a zero to 62mph time of 10.2 seconds (10.3 seconds for the five-door) before going on to a top speed of 125mph. Costs just £35 a year to tax courtesy of a Band B Vehicle Excise Duty rank, while its 13 per cent Benefit-in-Kind rating also ensures it makes economical sense for the business user. The new three-door BMW 116d costs from £17,605 OTR, while the five-door 116d is priced from £18,135 OTR. Both models go on sale in March 2009.

Three- and five-door versions of the BMW 116i, 116d and 118d are now available with a new Sport trim level. Customers choosing this car over an ES model gain 17-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, heated exterior mirrors and windscreen washer jets, a Sport multi-function leather steering wheel and Sport seats. The announcement of the Sport specification marks the launch of a fifth trim level to the 1 Series line-up that historically featured Standard, ES, SE and M Sport specifications.

1,599cc powerplant in the BMW 116i has been replaced by the Hams Hall-built 1,995cc engine already showcased in the 118i and 120i models. The latest edition to the BMW 1 Series range still produces 122hp, but torque has been increased by 25Nm to 185Nm between 3,000 and 4,250rpm. Acceleration from zero to 62mph has improved as a result of this. A five-door 116i now records a 9.9 seconds time as opposed to 10.2 seconds, with the three-door posting a time 0.1 seconds quicker. The vehicle retains its CO2 emissions figure of 139g/km and Vehicle Excise Duty C banding.

July 2011

 To celebrate BMW’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and inspired by the BMW London 2012 Performance Team, BMW has introduced two new Performance Edition models based on the popular BMW 1 Series and 3 Series.

Building on the sporting looks of the popular 1 Series Sports Hatch, the 1 Series Performance Edition comes with M aerodynamic bodystyling, dark chrome 18-inch M light alloy wheels, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, dark chrome exhaust tailpipe and dark line rear lights. Enhancing its sporty driving style is the addition of M Sport Suspension, while sport seats with Royal Blue stitching, M Sport multi-function leather steering wheel and gearshift leaver, floor mats with Royal Blue piping and London 2012 exterior badges complete the sporty look.

Available on the 116i, 116d and 118d three- and five-door models, the BMW 1 Series Performance Edition costs just £1,500 more than the equivalent ES model, representing a saving for customers of £1,725. Prices start at £19,530 OTR for a BMW 116i Performance Edition three-door. The BMW Performance Editions are available in a choice of four colours; Alpine White, Titanium Silver, Bluewater and Black Sapphire, and are on sale now.

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