First 2020 BMW 1-Series Hands-On Video Reveals A Modern And Spacious Hatchback

With an official unveiling set for May 27 at a standalone event, BMW found it appropriate to allow people to check out their new 1-Series up close and personal, without actually revealing too much about it.

However, this video filmed in France provides us with not only a good look at the new 1-Series’ front and rear light units, but also its interior – more specifically, the backseat, which offers considerably more legroom than before thanks to the car’s front-wheel drive architecture.

A completely new design

The 2020 1-Series doesn’t have much in common with its predecessor when it comes to design. The front and rear fascia are new, the grille is bigger, the hood is new, the creases in the bodywork are different and of course, overall practicality has improved.

Coincidentally, this is the exact same car that BMW France showed off recently on social media, which means we’ve already seen what the taillight graphics look like – something we had been looking forward to for a while now. As for which version this is, according to the video it’s the 118i Sportline, powered by a 140 PS (138 HP) 3-cylinder unit.

Also read: 2020 BMW 1-Series Hatch Interior Caught Completely Undisguised

The part we found most interesting was the one where the reviewer sits down behind the driver’s seat of the new 1-Series, showing us just how much knee room he had with the seat set up for his driving position. Also, if you don’t speak French, just click on the subtitle button because there is an English translation encoded.

One thing we’ve yet to see is the trunk, although considering its new platform, this third-gen 1-Series should also improve on its predecessor in the luggage department.

Following its unveiling later this month, the all-new 2020 BMW 1-Series hatchback is expected to make its official public debut later this year at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Thanks to Kwamé


  • Bob

    How the f…? How is BMW allowing this? HAHA it’s like he stole a test car to make this video (racism not intended).

    • Paulbe

      I had the totally not racist same thought.

    • Some ol’ bloke

      Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Maybe?


    nothing new ! a small x2

  • Matthijs

    And yes, the model without M package looks a lot better. This is probably the Sportline

  • Alx

    the fact that it is no longer RWD will offend purists, but public will only care for better interior quality and more space which the move to cheaper FWD platform affords.

    • uS’gedlemba

      Purists would have already been turned off by the 1 Series itself…BMW’s are rear wheel driven sedans and not hatchbacks…I remember the 3 Series ti hatchbacks being frowned upon by purists.

    • sidewaysspin

      Then BMW will become just another brand, nothing special to differentiate but as all cars become electric pods maybe it won’t make any difference.

    • ThatGuy

      There will probably be a RWD 1 Series in the M1 140i variants. They will do that and see if it works for the market. In the lower models the RWD vs FWD makes no difference, its the higher end models where it matters.

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