BMW 1 series

The BMW 1 Series appeared in 2004 as the new entry-level model for the Bavarian brand. BMW built the 1 Series with the same powertrain layout as the larger models, so the 1 Series also had longitudinal engines and rear-wheel drive. Very unusual for a hatchback.

BMW 1 series bodies

The 1 Series was initially available as a three- and five-door hatchback, but later a Coupé and Cabrio version followed. The first generation remained in production until 2013, after which generation two took over. After a facelift in 2015, that model in turn made way for the third and current generation in 2019. Breaking tradition: the BMW 1 Series is now driven by the front wheels, although some versions are equipped with four-wheel drive.

BMW 1 Series sedan?

For the second generation 1 Series, the Coupé and Cabrio were discontinued again, the car was only available as a hatchback. That changed in 2017, when a sedan version was also available specifically for the Chinese market. This variant is very similar to the hatchback, but still has its own front and rear and is also built on BMW’s front-wheel drive platform. With the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, there is now also a comparable model for Europe, although this Gran Coupé is a liftback and not a sedan.


Engine typepetrol, 3-cylinder line
Displacement1,499 cm
max. assets80 kW (109 hp)
Bee4,300 rpm
max. couple190 Nm
Bee1,380 rpm
Drivefront wheels
Brakes from/agiven checkers
Turning circle11.4 m
Power range80 to 225 kW


Transmission6MT (option 7AT)
Body type5-drs. hatchback
Euro NCAP5 stars
Market launchjuly 2019
Latest faceliftN/A
Guarantee3 years
From price€32,020
ParticularitiesThis third generation BMW 1 Series has front-wheel drive and thus breaks with the tradition of rear-wheel drive for BMWs.


Tire size205/55 R16
L x W x H4,319 x 1,799 x 1,434mm
Wheelbase2,670 mm
Mass empty1,295 kg
max. acc. wt.1,100 kg
cont. bag. room.380 l
Tank capacity42 l


conn. combined5.7 l/100km
CO₂ emissions129 g/km
Energy labelB


Acc. 0-100 km/h10.6 sec
top speed200 km/h