2020 BMW 1-Series Priced From £24,430 OTR In The UK

BMW UK has announced the pricing and range details of the 2020 1-Series, its shiny new weapon against the Mercedes A-Class and Audi A3 in the compact premium class.

Customers will get to choose between three diesel and two petrol engines initially, starting with the 118i, which is priced from £24,430.

Power for the base version of the new 1-Series comes from a revised turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol unit, which now produces slightly more power at 138hp (140PS) and 162lb-ft (220Nm) of torque and less CO2 emissions, from 114g/km.

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BMW claims a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 132mph (212km/h) for the base petrol 1-Series, which comes paired either to a standard six-speed manual or a new, optional, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Those interested in the range-topping M135i xDrive will have to shell out at least £36,430. The hottest derivative of the range is powered by the newly developed turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 302hp (306PS) and 332lb-ft (450Nm) of torque, and is mated exclusively to an improved eight-speed automatic.

According to BMW, the new M135i xDrive needs 4.8 seconds to sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h); top speed is capped at 155mph (250km/h) and CO2 emissions are rated from 155g/km.

The diesel range consists of the 116d, 118d and the 120d xDrive. The base oil-burner is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder with 114hp (116PS) and 199lb-ft (270Nm) of torque, while the other two come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Power is rated at 147hp (150PS) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) for the 118d and 187hp (190PS) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) for the 120d, which is offered only with the eight-speed automatic transmission.

The big headline for the all-new 1-Series is of course the compact model’s switch to front-wheel drive. This might not have sat well with BMW enthusiasts at first, but it means that the third generation compact Bimmer now poses as a much more rounded proposal in a very competitive segment.

BMW says that despite having an almost identical footprint with its predecessor, the new 1-Series offers a significantly roomier cabin, with an extra 33mm of knee room available for the rear passengers.

UK customers will get to choose between three equipment lines: SE, Sport and M Sport. SE models feature matt black grilles, while the Sport trim adds model-specific air inlets in high-gloss black and a chrome-framed kidney grille. M Sport models can be distinguished by the aero kit and the satin aluminum struts on the grille while the range-topping M135i features an exclusive -and more aggressive- bodykit.

The new BMW 1-Series is available to order from May 28 in the UK, with the first customer deliveries expected this September.

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  • 1. Old diesels
    2. No hybrids or electric
    3. The petrol engines are either over the-top or do not match the diesel variants (e.g: 118i is a 3-cylinder with less power and even less torque than the 118d)
    These are mainly used in cities, apart from the higher ends (135i) most just for shopping and going around. Diesel for that? Really BMW?

    • Christian Wimmer

      I can understand why they are using carry-over engines. In these uncertain times car makers are going to scale back development costs on new internal combustion engines and invest in alternative propulsion (EVs, Hydrogen etc.). Makes sense to use older engines, which can still be refined and improved with tweaks here and there.

      • Right, but the gen 8 Golf comes with mild-hybrid as standard on couple of engines (so no need to buy a diesel) and has plug-in an electric version. That’s coming from a non-premium brand. What was BMW thinking? 10 years ago I would have bought a 1-series, but now, no chance.

        • Alpina

          For sure, developing new engine is the most expensive thing within a new car, they swap engines even between the brands as Merc/Renault. There are far more better choices other than this 1er nowaday.

        • Christian Wimmer

          Developing such technologies and packaging for these cars takes time. Perhaps these propulsion systems will come later, I mean you can get a plugin-hybrid in the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, so it may be available at some point in the 1er.

  • Exterior not too bad but interior is way behind Merc A Class. A bit old fashioned even, but maybe that was what they were going for.

  • Adam

    So the switch to FWD has saved a whopping 3cm of space. That’s amazing! *sarcasm*

  • Puddingpopper

    LMK when they shoe horn a transverse straight 6


    people will buy a class or wait for new a3

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