Get to know BMW's answer to the latest Mercedes A-Class hatchback and the upcoming next-gen Audi A3 Sportback.
If you can’t get enough of the 1 Series, you’ll be glad to hear and see BMW has been kind enough to drop a series of videos with its five-door compact hatchback. The attached footage focuses on two different versions of the new Mercedes A-Class rival, namely the lesser 118i in Sportline specification and the flagship M135i xDrive.
It’s nice to see BMW isn’t focusing only on the AWD hot hatch and is willing to showcase how a more mainstream 1 Series is going to look like. There’s no word about the return of the 116i for the model’s third iteration, which means the 118i featured here in Mineral White Metallic will serve as the entry point into the range and will consequently be the most affordable BMW money can buy.
We’re dealing with a three-cylinder Bimmer, one that packs a turbocharged 1.5-litre unit rated at 138 bhp and 220 162 pound-feet of torque channelled to the front wheels. Tipping the scales at 1,290 kilograms, it needs 8.5 seconds for the sprint to 62 mph and won’t go above 132 mph. BMW will supply this version with a choice between a standard six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
BMW is wasting no time by announcing pricing for the new 1 Series where the front-wheel-drive 118i is listed with a starting price of £24,430 for the manual ‘box. If your wallet can handle it, the AWD-only, auto-only M135i seen here in a lovely Misano Blue Metallic shade can be yours for £36,430. That makes it a little bit more expensive than the £35,595 Mercedes-AMG A35 and a little less than the £37,020 Audi S3 Sportback.
The UK market launch for the revamped 1 Series is scheduled for July.