Stoneacre's Top 10 Used Cars - No. 3

By: Lisa Harper

 At number 3 in our top 10 used car review is… 

3. BMW 1-Series

The BMW 1-Series is the hatchback to opt for if you want an engaging and fun drive. Sticking to what they know best the 1-Series is one of only a few hatches to come with rear wheel drive. Prioritising drive excitement over practicality, the BMW 1-Series is ideal for young families who need a degree of functionality without losing driveability and desirability.

The BMW 1-Series is nippy and handles well on urban streets and is straightforward to park, however it’s cruising along motorways where the 1-Series really feels at home. Offering exceptional performance, great economy and a quiet ride, motorway driving becomes a real pleasure.

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used BMW 1-Series front view

Rear space in the 1-Series is more suited to carrying children than adults. However if you do need to regularly carry rear passengers its worth looking for a 5 door model instead of a 3 door. There is a wealth of kit even in the most basic entry level models like alloy wheels, climate control, keyless start and automatic wipers. Opt for a higher trim and you’ll get Bluetooth and a multimedia and multifunction steering wheel. With Sports trim models you get larger alloy wheels and sports seats. Whilst M Sport models offer optional lower and firmer suspension and an aerodynamic body kit. 

However bear in mind there are multiple optional extras to choose from when purchasing a 1-Series new, meaning equipment on used model can vary vastly. A good tip is to always cross reference different used models spec to ensure you’re getting exactly what equipment you need for a competitive price.

used BMW 1-Series interior view

Servicing of the BMW 1-Series is condition based so can alter depending on a number of factors, however as a rough guide it is recommended every 18,000-20,000 miles or every 2 years. The coolant shouldn’t need replacing and all 1-Series models are chain driven so don’t require a cam belt change. However brake fluid will need renewing every 2 years.

BMW have gained a name for producing well-built and reliable cars so it will come as no surprise that the 1-Series performs admirably with relatively few problems reported.

Passenger safety is a key priority for BMW and that is evident in the 1-Series. Safety features include front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, Isofix child seat fixtures in rear seats, electronic stability control and seatbelt reminders.

With an impressive range of engines on offer you don’t have to sacrifice fuel economy for performance. The engine offering the best fuel economy is the 166dSE diesel which offers a fantastic 78.5mpg and 94g/km of CO2. However other engines on offer also achieve impressive fuel economy.

used BMW 1-Series rear view

At Stoneacre we make buying a   used BMW 1-Series   more affordable with our impressive range of finance options. We have finance deals to suit a range of situations and budgets so whether you opt for affordable monthly payments with   0% car finance   or choose a   nil deposit deal   , we can help. What’s more at Stoneacre we handpick all of our   used BMW 1-Series for sale   to make sure only the best examples are offered for sale.

For something a little different there are a few options to consider. The   Audi A3   and   Mercedes-Benz A Class   offer similar upmarket appeal within hatchback packaging. Whilst the   Volkswagen Golf   still retains its position as the hatch against which all others are judged.

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