BMW 1 Series
aka E81/E82/E87/E88
F20 (next gen)
Production 2006 - present
Class Compact
Body Style 3-door, 4/5-seat hatchback
5-door, 5-seat hatchback
2-door, 4-seat coupe
2-door, 4-seat cabriolet
Length 4227 mm (Hatchback)
Width 1930 mm
Height 1430 mm (Hatchback)
Wheelbase 2660 mm
Weight Manual-3252 lbs
Automatic-3329 lbs
Transmission Manual/Automatic; RWD
Engine 3.0 Liter Inline 6
Power 230 hp @ 6500 rpm
300 lb-ft of torque @ 1400-1500 rpm

300 hp @ 5800 rpm
200 lb-ft of torque @ 2750 rpm

Similar Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Audi A3
Designer Chris Bangle

The BMW 1 Series is a compact model and represent's BMW's first foray into the compact market. There are four body styles available within the model line: a 3-door hatchback coupe, a 5-door, hatchback, a 2-door notchback coupe and a newly unveiled 2-door cabriolet.

See Autopedia's comprehensive BMW 1 Series Review.

Recent Changes

  • A one-off BMW 1 Series M Coupe Safety Car built by BMW's M division will serve as the official safety car for the 2011 season of the motorcycle road racing world championship (MotoGP).[1]
  • For 2012, the 1 Series gets a mid-cycle facelift that brings improved aerodynamics, as well as refinements to various controls plus new exterior paint colors, upholstery and interior trim.[2]



Main article: BMW 1 M Coupe
  • On December 9th, 2010, BMW reveals a 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The car uses BMW's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. It has 350 horsepower and can go from 0-60 in just 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 155 miles per hour.[3][4]
  • In 2011, the JDM market receives the 30 unit-only limited edition 120i Coupe Performance Unlimited. Distinguishing it is the M-Sport package coupled to a variety of accessories for the Bavarian firm's Performance division such as 18-inch alloy wheels shod in 215/40R18 tires up front and 245/35R18 at the back, a blacked-out grille, carbon fiber mirror caps, carbon fiber boot lid spoiler, aluminum pedal set, and leather gear knob and handbrake lever. Offered exclusively in a white or Le Mans Blue finish, pricing is set at ¥4,350,000 (US$50,300). [5]
  • On Sept. 29, 2007, BMW leaked the 2008 BMW 1-Series Convertible on the internet. It will be offered with in four engine variants: a 143 hp 2.0-litre four-pot unit (118i), a 215 Hp 3.0-litre six-pot (125i), the 300 Hp 3.0-liter bi-turbo six-cylinder (135i) and a 177 hp four-cylinder turbodiesel. The electro-hydraulic softtop opens or closes in 22 seconds and at speeds of up to 25mph. Color options for the foor include black or taupe cloth or a unique ‘Moonlight’ black.[6][7]
  • BMW took Nov. 2007 as the month to unveil the 1-series' M Sort Package which will be available throughout the range, including even the 120d and 123d. The package includes 17-inch light alloy wheels in 205/50 rubber up front and 225/45 in the rear, sports suspension for higher traction and reduced body roll, an aerodynamic package with redesigned bumpers, sports seats, high-gloss shadowline exterior trim, M leather steering wheel, gearbox lever and handbrake, M designation door sills and anthracite. [8]

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E81/E82/E87/E88 Hatch

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"It may have double headlamps and the kidney grille and the Hofmeister kink, but viewed as a whole, it looks like a van". - Top Gear

"I'm choosing the words for my conclusion with even more care than usual. So here it goes - the 1 Series is crap." Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear


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Design quirks and oddities

  • The BMW 1 Series had been used for a BMW Celebrity Challenge race for the 2005 and 2006 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
  • There is a short length of legroom in the back seat particularly in a hatchback and tall people can have trouble getting access.


The BMW 1 Series has been awarded for 2004 New Zealand's Car Of The Year.

2010 Drive Best Performance Car Over $60,000 (135i Coupe)

2007 Green Car Of The Year (118d)

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