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  • Trim: RS
  • Optional extras: None
Order summary
  • Lease type: Personal Contract Hire
  • Initial Rental: £2,968.07 (Inc VAT)
  • Contract Length: 48 Months
  • Monthly Payments: £274.8214 inc. options (Inc VAT)
  • Annual mileage: 5000

    Excess mileage costs apply

    This is your expected annual mileage and effects the lease price. Be as accurate as possible, as there are excess mileage charges should you exceed it, which will be confirmed prior to finalising your order. 

  • Maintenance: No
  • Processing Fee: £238.80 (Inc VAT)
  • Road Fund Licence: Included
  • Standard Delivery: Free
  • Estimated Delivery Date: June/July, 2022
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  • Transmission


  • Fuel Type
    Fuel Type


  • Fuel Economy
    Fuel Economy


  • Emissions


  • 0 - 62
    0 - 62


    • Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
    • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb134
    • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH150
    • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL134
    • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High134
    • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High113
    • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low187
    • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium130
    • CamshaftDOHC
    • Catalytic ConvertorTrue
    • CC1,499
    • Compression Ratio11.0:1
    • Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
    • Cylinders3
    • Cylinders - Bore (mm)82
    • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)94.6
    • Engine CodeB38A15M1
    • Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
    • Fuel DeliveryTWIN TURBO
    • Gears7 SPEED
    • Number of Valves12
    • TransmissionSEMI-AUTO
    • EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesFalse
    • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb5.9
    • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH6.6
    • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL5.9
    • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High5.9
    • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High5
    • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low8.2
    • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium5.7
    • WLTP - MPG - Comb47.9
    • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH42.8
    • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL47.9
    • WLTP - MPG - Extra High47.9
    • WLTP - MPG - High56.5
    • WLTP - MPG - Low34.4
    • WLTP - MPG - Medium49.6
    • Alternative Fuel QualifyingFalse
    • Badge Engine CC1.5
    • Badge Power136
    • Coin Descriptioni [136]
    • Coin SeriesM Sport [LCP]
    • Generation Mark3
    • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0720E
    • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
    • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
    • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %83
    • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %87
    • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
    • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %76
    • NCAP Safety Assist %72
    • Safety Concerns?False
    • Service Interval Frequency - Months24
    • Service Interval Mileage18,000
    • Special EditionFalse
    • Special OrderFalse
    • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999,999
    • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
    • Vehicle Homologation ClassM1
    • 0 to 60 mph (secs)False
    • 0 to 62 mph (secs)8.8
    • Engine Power - BHP136
    • Engine Power - KW100
    • Engine Power - PSTrue
    • Engine Power - RPM4,500
    • Engine Torque - LBS.FT162
    • Engine Torque - MKG22.4
    • Engine Torque - NM220
    • Engine Torque - RPM1500
    • Top Speed132
    • Emissions Test CycleWLTP
    • RDE Certification LevelRDE 2
    • Alloys?True
    • Space Saver?False
    • Tyre Size Front225/40 R18
    • Tyre Size Rear225/40 R18
    • Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
    • Wheel StyleM DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 819M
    • Wheel Type18" ALLOY
    • Height1,434
    • Length4,319
    • Wheelbase2,670
    • Width1799
    • Width (including mirrors)2,081
    • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)42
    • Gross Vehicle Weight1,870
    • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1200
    • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)380
    • Max. Loading Weight550
    • Max. Roof Load75
    • Max. Towing Weight - Braked1,300
    • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked695
    • Minimum Kerbweight1,320
    • No. of Seats5
    • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.4
    • Automatic windscreen wipers and automatic headlight
    • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
    • Green tinted heat protection glazing
    • Integrated front windscreen with washer jets
    • Rear window wiper
    • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
    • Brake drying
    • Braking readiness
    • City braking function
    • Comfort modes
    • Cornering brake control
    • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
    • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
    • Electrically operated hand brake including automatic hold function
    • Front and rear disc brakes
    • Floor mats in anthracite velour with contrasting colour seam to match contrast stitching on instrument panel
    • Anti roll bar front and rear
    • Drive Performance Control
    • M sport suspension
    • Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve
    • Bluetooth / WiFi interface for wireless connection of mobile terminal devices and audio streaming
    • Active guard plus
    • Attentiveness assist
    • Cruise control with brake assist
    • Front axle single joint with specific axle kinematics to minimise drive influences on steering + provide increased rigidity agile driving behaviour
    • Lane departure warning system
    • Speed limit Info including no-overtaking indicator
    • Speed limiter
    • Eco pro mode
    • Pull away assistant
    • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
    • BMW Teleservices
    • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
    • Integrated owners handbook
    • Oil sensor for level and grade
    • On board computer
    • Optimum shift indicator
    • Personal Profile
    • Rigidly mounted rear subframe - Multi link construction with separate spring / damper configuration and excellent driving characteristics
    • Auto dimming rear view mirror
    • Body colour mirror caps
    • Folding side mirrors with auto dimming/folding wing mirrors with auto dimming
    • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
    • Contrast stitching on instrument panel
    • Aluminium lightweight construction
    • Balancer shaft
    • Double VANOS twin scroll turbocharging system
    • High precision injection
    • Petrol Particulate Filter
    • VALVETRONIC engine management
    • DAB Digital radio
    • Body colour door handles
    • Body colour roof trims
    • Chrome 'M' logo side designation
    • Chrome exhaust twin tailpipes round 90mm in left
    • Chrome kidney grille frame with Satin Aluminium struts
    • Fading support
    • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
    • Front door sill finishers in black plastic with M designation in metallic look
    • High gloss shadowline window frame, Recess cover mirror frames and B/C pillar embelisher trim
    • Lightweight engineering
    • Matt black air guide grilles
    • Matt black wheel arch trim
    • Model designation on electric bootlid
    • Rear side wing doors
    • Shark fin antenna
    • Visible VIN plate
    • Automatic headlight beam throw control
    • Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
    • Follow me home headlights
    • High level third brake light
    • LED daytime running lights
    • LED eyebrow turn indicators
    • LED front fog lights
    • Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
    • Preparation for high beam assistant
    • Rear fog lights
    • Welcome lighting
    • Two zone automatic air conditioning
    • 12V power socket in front centre console with blanking plug
    • 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel with black leather and stitching, pearl chrome decorative finish, specific M Badge
    • Anthracite headlining
    • Conditioned based service
    • Folding rear clothes hook
    • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
    • Front and rear door pockets with bottle holders
    • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
    • Front armrest
    • Glove compartment
    • Luggage compartment for bag hooks on left and right, foldable luggage compartment liner and two lashing eyelets
    • Manual adjust steering wheel
    • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
    • Storage compartment in centre console
    • Two front centre console cupholders
    • Ambient interior lighting
    • Additional interior lighting pack - 1 Series
    • Additional storage compartment pack with code 493 -1 series
    • BMW live cockpit professional pack- 1 Series
    • Connected pack professional - 1 Series
    • Interior lights pack - 1 Series
    • M Sport exterior styling aerodynamics pack - 1 Series
    • 2 tone horn
    • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners, stopper and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
    • Airbags - Front driver/passenger, front and rear curtain head protection, front side, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag
    • BMW emergency call
    • Child proof locking system in rear door
    • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
    • Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
    • Seatbelt warning
    • Side impact protection
    • Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • Warning triangle and first aid kit
    • 3 rear seat head restraints
    • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
    • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
    • Driver and front passenger seat heating
    • Front sports seats
    • Height adjustable front head restraints
    • Single front passenger seat
    • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
    • Deadlocking function system to all doors
    • Drive away locking system on all doors and luggage compartment with de-activated in iDrive settings
    • Locking wheel bolts
    • Remote control with integrated key with High-gloss Black inlay and M designation and 1 button for open/ close lock, window, open luggage compartment
    • Start/stop button illuminated in centre console with keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
    • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm and immobiliser
    • Wheel slip limitation close to the actuator (ARB)
    • Trailer stabilisation logic
    • Electronic differential lock
    • Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
    • Electrically powered 12V compressor
    • Reduced rolling resistance tyres
The third generation 1 Series is at its best in base three cylinder 118i petrol form, reckons Jonathan Crouch.

Ten Second Review
BMW is a company that always used to try and do things differently, a refreshing trait in a sea of automotive sameness. The Bavarian brand's reputation as the purveyor of 'The Ultimate Driving Machine' was once fundamentally built around rear wheel drive but this third generation 1 Series is defiantly front-driven. A package that's claimed to be optimum in the base petrol 118i guise we test here.

Why the change away from front wheel drive here? Well, lots of reasons really. BMW wanted more return for its investment in front-wheel drive architecture. And at the same time, the brand was uncomfortably aware of just how much the packaging limitations of rear wheel drive - cramped space for luggage and back seat passengers - were hobbling the 1 Series in comparison to its more conventional Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class rivals. All of which seemed a bit pointless given BMW's own research showing 80% of 1 Series owners not knowing what end their cars were driven from - and not caring either. The deal was sealed when the Bavarian maker's engineers assured the board that new technology could allow for a switch to front-wheel drive for this car without any real dilution in driving pleasure; we'll see. What's certainly true is that the change in drivetrain format has, as intended, freed up significantly more interior space than the previous 'F20' version of this car could offer, despite the fact that this 'F40'-series design's roadway footprint is much the same. Sounds promising. Time to put this car to the test in volume 118i form.

Driving Experience
The switch from rear-driven to a front-driven powertrain might be the headline story here but there's plenty else that's new with the engineering of this third generation 1 series design. The Bavarian maker's aim was to repackage this model to a more conventional formula but deliver that in a very BMW kind of way - and that's essentially how this car has turned out. On the move, you get a grippy, confident sense of purpose that rivals can't quite match, with precise, accurate steering and an agile willingness to change direction. All of it aided by near-perfect weight distribution, a clever new 'ARB' traction control system that more precisely meters out torque and a new 'FAAR' chassis that saves around 25kgs of weight. The ride is somewhat firm, but BMW fans won't mind that, particularly as there's now the option of adaptive suspension on top-spec models. It's quite likely that you'll opt for the base 1.5-litre petrol model we tried, the 140hp 118i variant we're trying here - not least because there aren't any other options if you want a reasonably affordable version of this car that fuels from the green pump. Just as well then, that it's a decent all-round package which offers as much performance as most buyers will probably need, the 62mph sprint occupying 8.5s en route to 132mph. To be frank, we've heard more charismatic three cylinder units, but at least this one's decently refined, bettering a comparable Mercedes A-Class in this regard at highway speeds.

Design and Build
We always wondered what kind of 1 Series BMW's stylists would have come up with if they hadn't been constrained by the need to package around rear-driven mechanicals. In this MK3 model, we have our answer, a hatch that offers a similar roadway footprint to its 'F20' predecessor (it's a mere 5mm shorter), but one delivered to an otherwise very different dimensional formula. Up-front, you're served up a premium slice of cabin architecture borrowed from the current 'G20' 3 Series model, which means it's very nice indeed. Soft-touch surfaces and the solid feel of all the fixtures and fittings is matched on plusher models by things like contrast stitching and intricate 'Extended lighting' door panel strips. There's plenty of luxury segment technology too, particularly if you pay more for the 'Live Cockpit Professional' package, which matches a 10.25-inch virtual instrument binnacle screen with a classy centre-dash iDrive monitor of the same size. There's some clever stuff incorporated into this extra-cost set-up, including what BMW calls an 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', which is there to answer questions you can voice to the car as you drive it. Out back, there's reasonable rear seat space (for two anyway) and a decent 380-litre boot.

Market and Model
Prices open at just under £25,000 for this 118i and you'll choose between the brand's familiar 'SE', 'Sport' and 'M Sport' designations. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, or you can pay £1,350 more to get a dual-clutch 7-speed auto. Even the thriftiest 'SE' trim level gives you plenty; to be specific, 16-inch Star-Spoke alloy wheels, LED headlamps, LED front fog lights, Park Distance Control front and rear parking sensors, heated power mirrors, an alarm and auto headlamps and wipers. There's also a package of 'Active Guard Plus' camera-safety features. Inside, there's automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a braking function, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and a 'Sport' multifunction leather-trimmed steering wheel. In addition, there's the 'Drive Performance Control' system that, via 'ECO PRO', 'Comfort' and 'Sport' modes, allows you to alter throttle response, steering feel and, on an auto model, gearchange timing, all of it better suiting the way you want to drive. You'll want to know about infotainment and media stuff too - there's lots of it. Let's start with the fact that all mainstream 1 Series models come as standard with the brand's 'BMW Live Cockpit Plus' package, which gives you an 8.8-inch centre-dash display, your access point for a navigation system, Bluetooth with audio streaming, 4G LTE connectivity, an on-board computer and a decent quality six-speaker 100-watt DAB stereo. There's also a 5.1-inch display in the instrument cluster and an Intelligent Voice Assistant.

Cost of Ownership
The engine range on offer across this third generation 1 Series line-up may not look very different to what was on offer before, but BMW is keen to point out that every single TwinPower Turbo unit has been subjected to significant efficiency fettling - as was necessary to match a class standard vastly improved since the days of the previous 'F20'-generation model. The three cylinder petrol unit we're trying here in this 118i variant for instance, is 5kgs lighter than it was previously. It all explains why the fuel and CO2 stats delivered by mainstream 1 Series models are now virtually identical to those of directly equivalent Mercedes A-Class variants - we know, we checked. Which is another way of saying that the stats of this BMW are difficult to better in the segment - which wasn't previously the case with this model line. Let's get specific with figures, all of which, as usual, are based around the WLTP readings for fuel and NEDC readings for CO2 that at the time of this test, the industry was working to. The 118i derivative in manual form manages up to 47.1mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 122g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. Get it as an auto and the fuel figure is marginally different (up to 45.6mpg), but the CO2 reading is substantially better (113g/km).

We can't help being impressed by the way that the Munich maker has managed to retain so much of this car's eager, dynamic character, despite the fundamental engineering changes visited upon it. This model will still beat most of its rivals for driver appeal. Just not by such a significant margin as before. But we'll take that, given that this is the first 1 Series with reasonably sleek looks, proper rear passenger space and a decent boot. The cabin's far smarter than it was. And this model is certainly far better prepared than its predecessor in terms of media connectivity and camera-driven safety provision. Now, you'd be able to down-size into it far more easily if it was necessary to do so from a larger BMW model. In summary, 'der Einzer' has become a whole lot more competitive, especially in this 118i guise. About to choose a Mercedes A-Class, an Audi A3 or even a plusher VW Golf? You really ought to try one of these too. You might be surprised just how much you like it.

Inc VAT per month
£2,968.07 initial rental
£238.80 admin fee
Customise your lease deal

Maintenance, GAP insurance, and other products can be added to your order later. You can still make changes to your order once placed.

Paint, trim & optional extras
  • Colour:
  • Trim: RS
  • Optional extras: None
Order summary
  • Lease type: Personal Contract Hire
  • Initial Rental: £2,968.07 (Inc VAT)
  • Contract Length: 48 Months
  • Monthly Payments: £274.8214 inc. options (Inc VAT)
  • Annual mileage: 5000

    Excess mileage costs apply

    This is your expected annual mileage and effects the lease price. Be as accurate as possible, as there are excess mileage charges should you exceed it, which will be confirmed prior to finalising your order. 

  • Maintenance: No
  • Processing Fee: £238.80 (Inc VAT)
  • Road Fund Licence: Included
  • Standard Delivery: Free
  • Estimated Delivery Date: June/July, 2022

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