BMW 1 Series (2019–)

Model History

May 2019

New BMW 1 Series 4,319mm long x 1,795mm wide x 1,434mm high on 2,670mm wheelbase.

16-inch wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres

17-inch wheels with 225/45 R17 tyres

18-inch wheels with 225/40 R18 tyres (M135i)

19-inch wheels with 235/35 R19 tyres (Optional extra)

The BMW 1 Series offers SE, Sport and M Sport trims as well as the range-topping M135i xDrive. SE comes with matt black air guide grilles on the front bumper, while Sport adds exclusive air inlets finished with a high-gloss black, the kidney grille features a chrome frame with high-gloss black struts. The M Sport features aerodynamic bodystyling as well as satin aluminium struts in the kidney grille whilst the seat upholstery is in Dakota leather with contrast stitching. The range-topping BMW M135i xDrive incorporates the mesh-design BMW kidney grille and frame, exclusive front bumper air inlet clasps, and wing mirrors all finished in Cerium Grey. Exclusive black high-gloss rear diffuser with mesh design, and side sill covers featuring exclusive M135i xDrive black high-gloss inserts complete the look. Inside there’s the M Sport seat with integrated headrest design finished in Trigon Cloth/Alcantara Anthracite upholstery.


Power output (hp)

Peak Torque (Nm)

Acceleration (zero to 62mph)

Top Speed (mph)

Fuel consumption (mpg) WLTP

CO 2emissions (g/km) NEDC*

OTR Price from






47.1 – 40.4



M135i xDrive





35.3 – 34.4








61.4 – 54.3








60.1 – 51.4



120d xDrive Sport





51.4 – 48.7



A panoramic glass roof available as an option.

The 1 Series features actuator contiguous wheel slip limitation (ARB) technology used in BMW i3s. This has the effect of significantly improving traction when pulling away, cornering or when driving in the wet. The system works in close tandem with the DSC system to significantly reduce power understeer.

ARB is assisted by BMW Performance Control (yaw moment distribution) which gives it more agile handling by intelligently applying the brakes at the wheels on the inside of the bend. This suppresses any initial understeer and gives the car neutral steering behaviour. Alternatively, drivers can engage the DSC system’s propulsion-optimised Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) setting, which allows a greater degree of slip at the driven wheels and thereby paving the way for a ‘sportier’ driving style.

The BMW 120d xDrive and BMW M135i xDrive with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel that can split drive power 50:50 if necessary and is designed to ensure predictable handling in all driving situations. This applies even if the Driving Experience Control switch is set to Sport mode, DTC is selected or DSC is deactivated. In Comfort or Eco Pro mode, drive is split as required, while keeping fuel consumption as low as possible. Fuel economy is therefore improved without any discernible impact on driving dynamics or traction. As well as the all-wheel-drive system, standard specification for the BMW M135i xDrive includes a newly developed mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential, which gives the car an even sportier edge. The differential is integrated into the standard eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission on the BMW M135i xDrive and also features a Launch Control mode that puts the full peak torque of 450Nm on tap in first and second gear.

Besides standard suspension and M Sport suspension with 10mm reduction in ride height, the new BMW 1 Series can also be specified with Adaptive suspension including VDC (Variable Damper Control) as an option (not available in conjunction with 19-inch alloy wheels). This lets the driver choose from two different damping response settings via the Driving Experience Control switch, namely Comfort – for better ride comfort in poor road conditions – or Sport for a very sporty drive.

Cruise Control with braking function is standard where as Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go is available as an option. The latter is operational at motorway speeds and is able to brake models to a stop if necessary – and also pull away again, either by itself or at the driver’s request, depending on how long the car is stationary for.

Standard equipment includes collision and pedestrian warning with city braking function, which also alerts the driver to the presence of cyclists. Lane Departure warning with steering impulse is also standard as well as speed limit information. The optional Driving Assistant additionally comprises of the Lane Change Warning with blind spot detection system, which prompts the driver to guide the car back onto the correct path by means of a visual warning and, if necessary, a steering input. The Driving Assistant’s remaining functions include rear collision warning and crossing traffic warning, which reduces the risk of a collision when reversing into roads obstructed from the driver’s view.

BMW's Head-Up display is optional in the new 1 Series together with Display and Park Distance Control (PDC), which uses sensors at both the front and rear to provide visual and acoustic signals to prevent collisions with obstacles located to the side or rear of the vehicle. A rear-view camera is an option. An optional 'Parking Assistant' offers automatic assisted parking in spaces that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road.

An innovative Reversing Assistant offers the option of automated reversing in confined spaces or situations where the driver does not have a clear view, such as multi-storey car parks or entrances to courtyards. To do this, it stores the steering movements for any section the car has just driven forward along at no more than 22mph. The system is then able to reverse the vehicle for distances of up to 50 metres by steering it along exactly the same line it took when moving forward. All the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake pedals and monitor the vehicle’s surroundings.

BMW's Digital Key allows the BMW 1 Series driver to use a smartphone instead of a key if the Comfort Access option is specified. With this technology the car can be locked and unlocked from selected smartphones using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Holding the smartphone up to the door handle opens the car even if the phone battery is dead. The engine can be started as soon as the phone has been placed in the smartphone or wireless charging tray. Accessible via BMW Connected once the owner’s identity has been checked, the Digital Key offers unrivalled flexibility, as the driver can share it with up to five other people. The BMW Digital Key is available for top-of-the-range NFC-capable Samsung Galaxy smartphones running Android 8.0 and above. Alternatively, the BMW Key Card can be used.

BMW's Intelligent Personal Assistant forms part of the control concept for the new BMW 1 Series. Uttering the short prompt “Hey BMW” allows drivers to operate their car, access its functions and obtain information simply by speaking. The range of available functions and skills is constantly expanding as part of regular updates, which can be carried out over the air on a smartphone and in-car by Remote Software Upgrade. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant can learn routines and habits and subsequently apply them in the appropriate context or provide casual conversation. He helps the driver, learns their preferences and is familiar with their favoured settings – e.g. for the seat heating or the places they drive to frequently using the navigation system. One unique feature over other digital assistants is that drivers can give this one a name. It can also provide information on traffic jams along the route, searches for cafés in the area and find free parking spaces at the destination.

The standard BMW Stereo sound system has six speakers and 100-watt amplifier. The optional BMW HiFi sound system has ten speakers and 205 watts. The Harman/Kardon surround sound system with 464 watts of audio power and a total of 16 speakers is also optional.

Connected Navigation services allow internal and external information to be factored into route planning. BMW 1 Series drivers will be able to send destinations from various apps straight to their car’s navigation system. The most important destinations will be stored in BMW Connected and synchronised with the car, so that key addresses can be accessed from any device at any time. The Parking Space Assistant is a smart helper that proposes various parking options to the driver in good time before they reach their destination. This service includes providing information on the nearest multi-storey car park as well as suggesting routes offering a particularly good chance of finding a parking spot close to the destination.

The new BMW 1 Series allows drivers to use a variety of operating methods, depending on the situation and personal preferences. In addition to the usual buttons on the centre console and steering wheel. The BMW Live Cockpit Plus is standard and includes features such as a Touch Controller, navigation system, two USB ports for data transfer and a WiFi interface. The control display is 8.8-inch and features a touchscreen, whilst the instrument cluster has a 5.7-inch colour display. As part of BMW Live Cockpit Plus the new BMW 1 Series includes a host of connected services as standard, Emergency Call, Teleservices, Over-the-air and USB map updates, BMW App connectivity and Intelligent Voice assistants. In addition to this we see the introduction of the BMW Connected Package Plus as standard. This features elements drivers are accustomed to, such as Remote Services, Real Time Traffic Information, but with the addition of Concierge Services and Apple CarPlay Preparation.

Apple CarPlay Preparation is standard on all new BMW 1 Series models. This service will be included for one year from build, but then renewable via the BMW ConnectedDrive portal thereafter, at either one year, three years or lifetime subscriptions.

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional is standard on the M135i M Performance model and optional on all others. This includes an instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a screen size of 10.25 inches coupled with a 10.25-inch Control Display. This equipment package also features an adaptive navigation system and a hard-drive-based multimedia system.

On the BMW Live Cockpit Professional the standard connectivity increases further, with the standard inclusion of BMW Connected Package Professional. This builds on the services offered in the BMW Connected Package and includes additional functionality including, BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, On-Street Parking Information, Connected Navigation and Intelligent Vehicle Functionality, which learns drivers habits and learns rules.

BMW Live Cockpit Professional drivers get all the benefits of the new BMW Operating System 7.0. It is customisable to give personalised displays. In the main menu on the Control Display, the driver can configure up to ten pages, each showing two to four tiles with live content. Both the content and the graphics are personalised to an even greater degree – even the vehicle mock-up matches the actual model colour and equipment line. The Control Display graphics adapt depending on the operating method and the voice control system (based on natural language understanding) is better than ever before.

What does a BMW 1 Series (2019) cost?

List Price from £24,435
Buy new from £21,188
Contract hire from £232.68 per month