2007 BMW 1 Series 116i 1.6 petrol from Malta


Go for a bigger engine


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


Overrated little car!


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.