2014 BMW 1-Series | new car review

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 by
2014 BMW 1-Series
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  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good
AEDAED 120,000 +
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 75%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 65%
  • Features
    Editor: 75%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 50%

Review Summary:

It's all good until you hear the price of the 2014 BMW 1-Series...


Unique design cues on each bodystyle




The smallest of the lot? The baby of the bunch? Call it what you may, but the 1-Series is on its way out. With plans to axe the 1-Series and bring in the 2-Series as a replacement, now is the perfect time to pick up the 1-Series , Hatch or before they become extinct. The designers at BMW haven’t just taken the and chopped the roof and doors off to create the Convertible and Coupe respectively. Instead, differences in the headlights and taillights, colours of the kidney grille, the position of the fog lamps and use different bumpers on all three make them easily distinguishable.

2014 BMW 1 Series hatchback front


Being the most economical vehicle in the line-up, wood trim and soft touch materials have been traded for hard plastics. Yet, the interior is distinctly BMW and features a thick steering, a shift-by-wire gear lever and an orange backlit instrument panel. With a wheelbase of 2,690 mm on the Hatchback and 2,660 mm on the Coupe and Convertible, we’d recommend going for the Hatchback, unless you want to avoid people home after a party, of course.

2014 BMW 1 Series interior


The 2014 BMW 1-Series is equipped with an Energy Regeneration system that begins to work as soon as you take your foot off the accelerator or brake. The generator is engaged and converts excess kinetic energy into electrical energy which is saved and used to charge the battery.

What’s on offer?

The smallest engine available in the 1-Series is the 1.6 litre 4 cylinder unit that produces 136 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque and propels the Hatch from 0 – 100 km/h in a not so impressive 8.7 seconds. With various other engine choices between them, the most powerful engine is the 3.0 litre Twin turbo V6 found in the Convertible and is packed with 306 horsepower, 400 Nm of torque and boasts a top speed of 250 km/h!

2014 BMW 1 Series Hatchback

Summing it…

With a price tag of AED 120,000 for the 116i, the 1-Series is definitely not cheap. Sure, it may turn a few heads when driven down the street, but with the bigger and better looking 3-Series starting from AED 130,000 it’s a no-brainer when it comes to picking between the two.

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