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2020 BMW 1 Series: £24,430 posh hatch revealed

Published 28 May 2019

BMW's rival to the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been given its biggest revamp since it was introduced in 2004. The third-generation premium hatch is on sale now with prices starting at £24,430.

Bigger than before, the new BMW 1 Series shares a platform with the MINI Hatch - meaning, for the first time ever, standard models are now front-wheel drive. This brings it in line with rivals, and offers more space inside - especially in the rear seats and boot, which now offers 380 litres of luggage space.

It's powered by a mix of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, with the range starting with a 140PS 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol badged the 118i.

The potent M135i xDrive features all wheel-drive and a 2.0-litre 306PS four-cylinder petrol - making it a rival to the likes of the Mercedes-AMG A35. It'll reach 62mph in 4.8 seconds while top speed is limited to 155mph.

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Inside, the new 1 Series features lots of tech as seen in the bigger 3 Series. All but the entry-level models get a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster in place of conventional dials, while a 10.25-inch display in the centre of the dashboard can also be specced.

Apple CarPlay is standard for the first year, but will cost you a subscription afterwards - while Android Auto isn't available.

An Alexa-like personal assistant responds to 'Hey BMW' commands, while a digital key lets owners unlock their car using their phone if the Comfort Access option is specified.

Buyers can select from SE, Sport and M Sport trims as well as the range-topping M135i xDrive, each with their own individual style - such as high-gloss black highlights on Sport models and Dakota leather with contrast stitching on the M Sport.

Prices start at £24,430 for the 118i, while the M135i xDrive is available from £36,430. The diesel range is made up of the 116d (£25,480), 118d (£26,640) and the 120d xDrive Sport (£32,470).

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