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New BMW 1 Series revealed

Date: 28 May 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

BMW has unveiled an all-new version of its 1 Series lower-medium car.

The third generation of the model, it is the first to come as standard with front-wheel drive rather than rear-wheel drive - four-wheel drive is also available. 

Key exterior styling features include a new headlight arrangement and a larger grille.

Compared with the outgoing model, the new 1 Series is 5mm shorter, with a 20mm shorter wheelbase, but 34mm wider and 13mm taller. 

BMW says interior space has been increased, with rear passengers getting an extra 33mm of knee room, and 19mm of extra headroom in cars specced with the optional panoramic sunroof. 

Elbow room is said to be up by 13mm for rear passengers, and 42mm for the drive and front passenger, while boot capacity is up by 20 litres to 380 litres. 

The new 1 Series is the first to be available with an electric tailgate.

There are three main equipment grades - SE, Sport and M Sport - along with a range-topping M135i xDrive model.

Five engine options are available at launch: diesels with 116hp, 150hp and 190hp; and petrols with 140hp and 306hp.

BMW says that compared with the outgoing range the diesel engines feature fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reductions of around 5%, while the entry-level petrol emits 29g/km less CO2. 

WLTP fuel economy figures are: 61.4mpg-54.3mpg for the 116hp diesel; 60.1mpg-51.4mpg for the 150hp diesel; 51.4mpg-48.7mpg for the 190hp diesel; 47.1mpg-40.4mpg for the 140hp petrol; and 35.3mpg-34.4mpg for the 306hp petrol.

NEDC-Correlated CO2 emissions figures for those engines are: 103g/km-100g/km for the 116hp diesel; 111g/km-108g/km for the 150hp diesel; 119g/km-117g/km for the 190hp diesel; 123g/km-114g/km for the 140hp petrol; and 157g/km-155g/km for the 306hp petrol.

Three gearboxes are available: a six-speed manual, a seven-speed automatic and an eight-speed automatic. 

There are also three different suspension options: standard, M Sport with a 10mm reduction in ride height, and adaptive suspension with variable damper control.

Standard driver assistance systems include cruise control with braking function, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and speed limit information.

Optional systems include active cruise control with stop and go, and Driving Assistant, which includes lane change warning with blind spot detection, rear collision warning and crossing traffic warning.

Other options include a head-up display and park distance control.

Standard infotainment is via an 8.8in central touchscreen and a 5.7in instrument panel colour display, but these can both be upgraded to 10.25in screens.

Standard features include sat-nav and Apple Carplay connectivity.

The new 1 Series is available to order now, with the first deliveries expected in September. Prices for the range start at £24,430.