How to Choose the Right BMW 1 Series

Here at Hilton Garage, we have a large selection of used BMW 1 Series cars for sale. This premium hatchback is ideal for a variety of people, from young drivers to families, and this is largely due to the extensive choice of trims and variants available. 

With so many customisation options however, it can be difficult to know what is going to be the best fit for you, which is why Hilton Garage has created a nifty little guide to choosing the used BMW 1 Series for you!



There is a long list of engines available for the BMW 1 Series, but unless you’re really power hungry, the entry-level options will perform just fine, offering a smooth ride as well as decent economy.

If you don’t make long journeys on a regular basis and just want a petrol engine, the 118i offers the best balance between efficiency and performance. This engine can pick up plenty of speed when it wants to, while remaining quiet and refined.

For those who are more familiar with long drives, fuel economy is far more impressive with the diesel options. The 116d and 118d produce similar figures when it comes to economy, but the former is cheaper, while the latter is faster.

The 125 petrol and diesel engines offer acceleration to rival a number of hot hatches, although if you decide to go down this route, nothing beats the sporty M140i; it can go from 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds.



When browsing used BMW 1 Series cars, you’ll find that there are various trim levels: SE, Sport, EfficientDynamics Plus, M Sport, and M140i.

Whichever you opt for, you’ll get a generous amount of equipment as standard, including sat nav, air conditioning, Bluetooth, DAB radio, a leather steering wheel and automatic headlights. 

The EfficientDynamics Plus version comes with cruise control and rear parking sensors, the Sport trim increases the wheel size, adds ambient lighting and sports seats and the M Sport boasts even bigger alloys, leather upholstery, sports suspension and a distinctive bodykit.



For economy, the 116d is best, for performance, there’s no doubt that the M140i is the one to go for, and if you want the family-friendly version, choose the BMW 118i SE 5dr.


View our current range of used BMW 1 Series cars in Derby or online today!