2007 BMW 1 Series 130i 3.0 I6 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

A solid, fun performer that's also great as a hot-commuter

Faults:

Rear power window motor needed replacing when purchased - dealer covered.

General Comments:

Economy: for a heavy, torquey, big engine the economy is pretty decent around town. My commute isn't the most economical, but it tends to do around 11l/100km. On a long trip the car is tempting to push around; if doing this the economy is 9l/100km. The best economy I've had is 8.2l/100km. I was expecting a little better on long trips because of it being such a small car with 6 gears.

Comfort: the suspension is firm, but it's not uncomfortable. I've had two m-spec 3 series and they were uncomfortable cars around town. This has a quiet and well appointed cabin, and on non-sporty type drives out of town, the car is comfortable at a whole range of speeds.

Performance: it's very quick for a small car. This was designed to pair alongside the R32, and while it isn't 4WD, it is slightly faster off the mark. Overtaking vehicles is a breeze and the engine just keeps on giving. It's very quick. Does 0-100 typically in 6 seconds.

Handling: the car has the m-spec suspension, with 18 inch alloys, and it also has strut-bars front and rear. The handling is epic in corners and gives great road-feedback. The strut-bars I believe have made a difference to the chassis as the 130i is probably too heavy/powerful on stock. The grip and balance of the vehicle is the best I've felt in a BMW.

Looks: I think the One Series is an interesting and original visual car which is good-looking - it's not as good looking as some other BMWs (such as the e46), but it holds its place. I will be getting the windows tinted to make the car look more aggressive.

Interior: it isn't an amazing interior as it's positioned as an entry level BMW, however as it's the 130i it has heated leather seats, leather steering wheel, dimming rear mirror and full climate control. The rest is a bit plasticky, but this is not a 3 Series.

I've had this car for a year and have not had any indication of issues that may crop up or any current minor niggles. I do anticipate with a little more age on the car that I will be forking out for things.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2016

2007 BMW 1 Series 116i 1.6 petrol from Malta

Summary:

Go for a bigger engine

Faults:

Strange noises from left dashboard side.

The fabric on the pillars is coming up with the heat.

General Comments:

Well it's a 1.6, so don't expect a rocket. I just kicked its heart out to see what it could do, and it's fast, but would be better if it was a 2.0. Spin and burn the wheels by switching the traction button off.

Fuel consumption is high, probably because of the heavy bodywork.

Interior is a bit cramped, but once you get used to it, it's OK.

A/C works great in the summer heat. Would have expected better paintwork for the money at least. I'm keeping this one until I destroy the engine (trying); after that it's a 130 for sure.

Excellent handling on our narrow and winding roads. Rear tires; make sure to always check them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th July, 2012

26th Aug 2012, 06:55

Please, if you intend to destroy this car, give it to me and buy the 130 immediately! :)

2007 BMW 1 Series SE 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Overrated little car!

Faults:

ABS sensors failed four times.

Suspension squeak.

Airbag warning light illuminated due to poor connection.

Dash buttons fall off!

General Comments:

Owning this little car has been an unpleasant experience, and has resulted in 12 months of hassle!

My previous Rovers, MGs and Hondas were far more reliable.

The BMW is very uncomfortable and not a very nice place to spend any amount of time.

Avoid the 1 Series, it's the most overrated car on the road!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th December, 2009

9th Dec 2009, 15:57

Agree with this reviewer in general.

The 1 hatch sells mainly on badge appeal than anything else. It does drive well with a great chassis, but the compromises it imposes is just too much - cramped rear seat, limited luggage space and unyielding ride on those expensive to replace run flat tyres.

My personal experience has also shown that build quality is sub-par, with numerous rattles, squeaks and creaks from the cabin trim and also myriad electronic issues.

If BMW is counting on this series to attract new buyers to its fold, it is grossly mistaken.

11th Dec 2009, 18:32

Your car is the E87 model. Compare it to the E82 model (newer) and comments by Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear.

14th Dec 2009, 10:01

Seems to be similar to what happened when they launched the 318ti in the 90's. Fun little car with a zippy engine, but not up to the same standard as its coupe brother.