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This is the new BMW 1 Series

June 5, 2024

New BMW 1 Series

An all-new 1 Series will be at the BMW dealership in October. Although it is actually a substantial development of the outgoing model, BMW is talking about a new, fourth generation. The German brand says that really everything is different about the new 1 Series except the front doors. The main sales market is Germany, and remarkably, in addition to other European countries, Japan is also one of the main markets for the new BMW 1 Series. The new 1 Series has a starting price of 41,507 euros. Let’s go deeper into the details.


At 4.36 meters in length, the fourth-generation 1 Series has increased 42 millimeters in length. The height increased 25 mm, to 1.45 meters. It is practically the same width as its predecessor: 1.80 meters. The wheelbase is 2.67 meters.

new face

The new BMW 1 Series looks sportier than ever, with a flatter front end that is lower than its predecessor. The wide BMW kidney grille has a new structure with vertical and diagonal bars. The standard LED headlights have distinctive vertical elements for daytime running lights and turn signals. Optional features include adaptive LED headlights with high beam assist, cornering lights and blue accents.


The dynamic design of the new BMW 1 Series stands out with its wedge shape and low side windows that get even lower towards the rear. In the C-pillar, you come across the number “1. The long roof spoiler with air guides on both sides emphasizes the car’s streamlined silhouette. Vertical reflectors and a rear bumper with black diffuser insert provide a powerful look at the rear. The distinctive taillights are in two parts and run down the side of the car. The luggage compartment holds 380 liters and, with the rear seats flat, 1,200 liters. The diesel versions offer 300 to 1,135 liters of luggage space.

There are two standard and seven metallic body colors to choose from. In addition, four BMW Individual body colors and a wide range of special colors are available. The new BMW 1 Series is the first BMW model available with an optional contrasting black roof.


Inside, we encounter some things familiar from other BMW models, such as the Curved Display, which consists of a 10.25-inch information screen and a 10.7-inch instrument cluster. On the right screen, you can control almost all the functions in the car, so there are significantly fewer physical buttons. In the center console, you do still encounter some touch-sensitive buttons.


Under the hood, there is also news to report. The three-cylinder gasoline engine in the BMW 120 and the four-cylinder diesel engine in the BMW 120d use 48-volt Mild Hybrid technology, which provides improved efficiency and direct power delivery. All engines are mated to a seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. Self-shifting is no longer possible.

The BMW 120 has an output of 125 kW (170 hp) and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds. The BMW 120d delivers 120 kW (163 hp) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. The BMW 118d, with a 110 kW (150 hp) four-cylinder diesel engine, reaches 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds.

At the top of the model range is the sporty BMW M135 xDrive. This model is powered by a four-cylinder in-line gasoline engine with 221 kW (300 hp) and features an Adaptive M Suspension with M Sport Steering and intelligent all-wheel drive. The BMW M135 xDrive accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.