New BMW 1 Series 2021 review - see why it's better... And worse than before.

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This is the new BMW 1 Series!
Now we know that most of you BMW fan boys will already be reaching for that down vote button given it’s front-wheel drive, but wait! Have you taken the time to really study BMW’s latest small hatchback to see exactly where it’s evolved compared to the old model?
We know a lot of you will miss the RWD, but given there’s so much competition in this market from the likes of the new A-Class, A3 and Golf, is the introduction of front-wheel drive really enough to turn you away from BMW? You’ll have to keep watching to find out!
00:00 Intro
00:39 Price
01:06 Exterior Design
02:45 Engines
03:22 0 - 60mph
03:50 Interior Design
04:37 Back Seats
05:45 Boot
06:40 Five Annoying Features
07:33 Five Good Features
09:07 Town Driving
10:12 Motorway Driving
11:06 Twisty Road Driving
12:03 Drifting
12:47 Drivetrain
14:20 Infotainment
15:08 Practicality
16:33 Trims
17:45 Verdict
BMW 1 Series 118i M Sport Specifications:
RRP: £26,685
Fuel economy: 46 mpg combined (40 city, 66 highway)
Horsepower: 136hp
Towing capacity: 1,300 kg
Engine: 1.5 L 3-cylinder
Kerb weight: 1,365 kg
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carwow - 3 måneder siden
Answer this question: The best new hatchback available to buy today is... ?
Rishith Repala
Rishith Repala - 10 dager siden
Vow golf. R
Audi A3
Søren Kristoffersen
Søren Kristoffersen - Måned siden
2021 Leon Cupra
Wandering Bathtub
Wandering Bathtub - Måned siden
Audi A3, I have the new 70 plate and it’s amazing
Harrison - Måned siden
@Gopal Patil nah mate I've been in both and if you're a car guy you'd pick the focus RS. Trust me it's way more fun The a45 is boring NGL :(
Iulian Budusan
Iulian Budusan - Dag siden
7 fkng ads! 7! I quit! FO with youtube
Domenico C
Domenico C - 4 dager siden
stop talking about the fucking KFC Vegan, Im here for the car.
Andrew Payne
Andrew Payne - 4 dager siden
Really not liking the look of this. Has lost everything that made the one series unique
Francisco Javier Latasa
Francisco Javier Latasa - 8 dager siden
This is not a BMW!
-Transverse engine
Buy a Volkswagen if you are looking for that.... Where is the essence of BMW?
TechWorld 007
TechWorld 007 - 8 dager siden
Old shape is so much better even if it's rear wheel drive
Adam is here
Adam is here - 10 dager siden
what a shame no one mentions anything but the styling. The interior is nice and it's really high quality, even more than merc and audi, even mat said it and it rides really nicely.
Teemu Liiri
Teemu Liiri - 12 dager siden
It would be nice to see you review the headlight performance of the cars also. None of these car review channels review lights.
Mahdi_ODM - 13 dager siden
It looks better that than the previous version in my opinion
SilverFishing - 14 dager siden
M135i aside, I'm guessing this is a BMW Mini with a BMW body shape? And for the M135i, looking at the engine specs, I'd be curious about any other more-than-meets-the-eye similarities to a Civic Type R...
احمد محمد
احمد محمد - 16 dager siden
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Pegasi - 17 dager siden
Thanks BMW, I hate it.
G Man
G Man - 22 dager siden
Everyone commenting that it looks like another brand, a Hyundai etc. You obviously can’t afford a BMW
Janssen Garcia Santos
Janssen Garcia Santos - 23 dager siden
It’s so ugly..... Rest in Peace BMW
Shajjad Ali
Shajjad Ali - 23 dager siden
Why don't people just go for a volvo v40
Michael Dunn
Michael Dunn - 24 dager siden
I have owned many 1 series and 5 series. Currently a 2018 1 series M Sport Shadow I have had for 2 years which is generally parked up at work next to one of these new ones. The new one is not a patch on the looks of the previous and doesn’t draw a second glance. Everyone comments on mine and thought the one next to mine was a Mazda or Ford until they saw the badge. Sure it drives superb but would have to up its game for me to change. Keep a hold of mine I think, love it. My wife has one of these anyway but it has a Mini Clubman shell on it 🤔
N M - 24 dager siden
Nice guns mat! 💪 😍
William Stromer
William Stromer - 27 dager siden
It's a Mini Cooper wearing a BMW suit.
Kayla - 27 dager siden
The design team did really bad on this one.
MG - 28 dager siden
The old 1 series looked way better, that's just ..........well a car
Game Racer
Game Racer - 28 dager siden
I have to admit the new BMW grill has grown on me as I’ve seen more on the road. I wasn’t a fan to start with. We will have to rename you Kevin after that teenager strop with the parcel shelf 😂. The big question I have. Does it handle as well as a Ford Focus on a twisty road?
Maan K
Maan K - 29 dager siden
The old is not really good. The new one is outstanding and amazing 💯🔥📈
Mark Lamude
Mark Lamude - 29 dager siden
RS focus before there all gone.
Miles Davis
Miles Davis - 29 dager siden
So far i have ZERO of these on streets. Total sales failure!!!
Rizki Ferdian
Rizki Ferdian - Måned siden
Shaken not stirred 😂🐯
Smoke Guru
Smoke Guru - Måned siden
I've got the 1 series 125i F20 pre-facelift.
I love it, because it's an RWD hatchback, small, yet angry, loves to swing around the corners, you wouldn't say something like that about a hatchback. Those 216hp really show on those rear wheels with the weight it has. It was a unique hatchback, maybe there are some others, but I don't know about any other RWD hatchback such as that on the market. I love just about everything about it.
Now they've taken all the unique feel of that angry hatchback and threw it out of the window, now it's just as any other hatchback, and if I wanted an FWD hatchback, I'd look elsewhere, i30 N or Megane RS. Building the car around FWD absolutely ruined it, the sillhuette and all that - meh. Looks like I better hold onto mine!
Although I suppose it is a more logical car when it comes to the low end motorizations. Below 200hp I can imagine the feel of the RWD would be lost. And these were mostly sold with the weak motors.
Jeff - Måned siden
BMW gone from oversteer to understeer..., BMW, good job!
BMW Serie 1 2020 - Maniobra de esquiva (moose test) y eslalon |
BMW 116d 2017 - Maniobra de esquiva (moose test) y eslalon |
Itsuki Endo
Itsuki Endo - Måned siden
The grills make the car look absolutely ugly in design. Prefer the old over this when it comes to looks.
Jeff B
Jeff B - Måned siden
Best part of the old model was the back and lightsss!!!
Lucian Dobrota
Lucian Dobrota - Måned siden
The old 1 series, in M140i trim is used by petrolheads in tours around the best roads in Europe, along with Porsches and Astons. No one will even look at the new FWD M135i.
Matt Watson: "I think this new one is better than the old RWD model".
In what universe will this ever be true? Or you just didn't want to annoy them so they can keep sending M8 - long term cars :D
Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor - Måned siden
Jesus is coming
Mark Krall
Mark Krall - Måned siden
Corsa, please!
Liam Thomas
Liam Thomas - Måned siden
it's mad how i still prefer my 2008 m 118d m sport over these. if i had the money to buy a newer german whip id most likely go with mercedes now.
Sændår - Måned siden
back looks like a mazda 6
Nicholas - Måned siden
Think BMW are scared of the fact some people actually prefer proper dials to a digital display. I don't think it be long before people are paying extra for proper dials, they are easier to read.
Imran Mahmud
Imran Mahmud - Måned siden
would you really spend 27k on a 1 series, when with the same price you can get a used but perfect quality and still new: Mercedes e class and even S class, BMW 5 series, range rover evoqe and sport, jaguar xj, Porsche macan, you can even get a 2010 Bentley (which are still really nice), you can get an Audi q7 and the possibilities are endless. I can name so many cars which are a billion times better than a 1 series for 27 grand. Yes the cars might be used, but they would still be perfect quality and low mileage.
Just check out autotrader.
Kaito - Måned siden
Why oh why it doesn't have 120i version... 4 cylinder 2 litre petrol engine with 180HP. I don't want 3 cylinder and I don't need 300HP+ beast either
Dehors 1980
Dehors 1980 - Måned siden
I love this car, better than the new audi and less "asian" than the new class A 👌🏼❤️😍
Roberto Bianco
Roberto Bianco - Måned siden
42 l of tank is just ridiculous!
Paulo Mateus Guerra
Paulo Mateus Guerra - Måned siden
FWD 1 Series is the biggest mistake I've ever seen. Sooner than later these will all be electric and they surely will make it RWD. Golf GTI/R is now the best hatchback option.
ZiGa:S - Måned siden
14:48 I thought all classes get this fancy screen. The digital imitation of analog thing is just sad. Like you said disgusting :'(
If I have to choose, I will always have analog over any digital speed and rev meters.
Gaming Norwegian
Gaming Norwegian - Måned siden
Honestly, the dude thats taken the lead of the BMW design department (he used to only be in charge of the M-division designs before, a job he seemed to handle SO MUCH BETTER) NEEDS to get demoted again... He got no clue what he is doing, nearly all the BMWs from this generation are hideous. The BMW 8 series looks good, but its literally a copy cat Mustang (die hard BMW fanbois are already getting triggered, i can feel it), the 7 series looks like its eaten its predecessor, the 6 series GT looks horrible (all GT cars BMW are currently making looks HORRIBLE, especially the 3 series GT..). G30 5 series looks good, but the LCI model is a serious downgrade in looks... The headlights are literally copied from the VW golf, no longer angel eyes at all (which is ironic, since the new VW tiguan got angel eyes...). New 4 series looks like a rabbit, it looks like its not only eaten its predecessor, but the predecessors predecessor again as well (the E92). Even tho i gotta admit the new M4 looks better than the base 4 series. 3 series looks good even tho the headlights there as well arent gorgeous by any means (it just seems like the designers had to find a way to differentiate it from the 5 series, so they just added a cutout to the headlight)... The new 2 series looks like it belongs in a dumpster, even 2-series active tourer and Gran tourer looks better. Then we have this thing that they call the "1-series", no lines match up, the headlights are angled so much that the car just looks deformed, the grill is just slapped on there and the rear of it is a straight copy of the Lexus CT200h. There, BMW rant over, get this designer out of here and bring in another that actually knows what the hell he is doing...
Ben Cridge
Ben Cridge - Måned siden
Looks exactly like the a class
Pesar25 - Måned siden
This car looks like an Hyundai i30
Anthony Parker
Anthony Parker - Måned siden
The 1 series was always a dog, new front end is just awful. Just plain ugly and brash
Ahmed G
Ahmed G - Måned siden
Worse looking bmw in a long time
Erik H
Erik H - Måned siden
bmw has been doing a terrible job lately. all the new models look horrendous
craig orford
craig orford - Måned siden
As this car evolves the grill gets worse,In fact it looks hideous the looks bland,And for £24,500 I could buy a better car that looks nicer
SBA - Måned siden
Saying that most previous 1-series drivers did not even know that their car had rear wheel drive or they did not know what RWD meant, is a rather cheap argument, kind of a blame for most european BMW fans. Better would be for BMW to admit that producing a front wheel driven 1-series at the same selling price of the previous RWD-version simply is more profitable.
Privo di Senso
Privo di Senso - Måned siden
Really bad job from the designers. Looks like a Lancia Delta from the front.
Keir barber
Keir barber - Måned siden
The previous version was a superb design! And future classic. This one is very boring:(
Majid Baghdadi
Majid Baghdadi - Måned siden
Disappointing for BMW brand
So ugly 🤢
iiAbxshiru - Måned siden
Us Americans will probably get the sedan version rather than the hatchback if we do get the 1 series
Pagiel Ibrahim
Pagiel Ibrahim - 2 måneder siden
my 2011 kia optima has more hp than the this d 118 it has 178 hp
mlnd18 - 2 måneder siden
good review as always but So many ads!!! Really annoying
25500X - 2 måneder siden
looks like an abortion compared to the previous version
Gregory UK
Gregory UK - 2 måneder siden
People who purchased not knowing it's front wheel drive should be embarrassed. I'll be embarrassed for them cos they won't know how.
Bhuiyan Khalid
Bhuiyan Khalid - 2 måneder siden
Mat, you just read my mind when you said the back looks like a 3-series touring! Are you a mind-reader?!
Rob White
Rob White - 2 måneder siden
16:11 Matt casually hitting his head and carrying on😂
przemkecovers - 2 måneder siden
7:08 I have completely no idea what you're saying
BeingGood - 2 måneder siden
Why is this not in the US D:
tash - 2 måneder siden
looks like a hyundai
emilie leto
emilie leto - 2 måneder siden
Why does no one notices that the back of the new BMW looks exactly like the old BMW X1 :) ?!?
Rings Circles
Rings Circles - 2 måneder siden
please stop with this new level of nonsense
Manuel Casado Oliver
Manuel Casado Oliver - 2 måneder siden
I do not like its looks at all.
saad khan
saad khan - 2 måneder siden
BMW with FWD wow great..!!
Carl Lawrence
Carl Lawrence - 2 måneder siden
Debating between the comfort pack or innovation pack! Hmmmmmm
Ilias Minegta
Ilias Minegta - 2 måneder siden
I like this Car 😍
Sam J
Sam J - 2 måneder siden
Looks like Mickey Mouse club rather than Mighty Mouse 🐭 - Front end design fail, lol
Minimal User
Minimal User - 2 måneder siden
Mr Poco
Mr Poco - 2 måneder siden
Looks like a mouse old one was alot better 😂
Miles Davis
Miles Davis - 2 måneder siden
I pass.
Steve Cook
Steve Cook - 2 måneder siden
I have the 116d M sport and its a great car
Slick Mike
Slick Mike - 2 måneder siden
Why do Europeans buy these low quality grocery getters that are classy in badge only? I see no purpose in buying this when I can get a golf or polo, or for that matter, an actual ultimate driving machine
Carl Lawrence
Carl Lawrence - 2 måneder siden
Love it!!
biboKralle - 2 måneder siden
Ugly car, nice review.
YolophantHD - 2 måneder siden
God is this ugly
YolophantHD - 2 måneder siden
@Agent ULP that is exactly what I meant
Agent ULP
Agent ULP - 2 måneder siden
Do you mean that god is as ugly as the car?
Bas Wijkstra
Bas Wijkstra - 2 måneder siden
Looks like a corsa on steroids tbh... I like the older ones much better
SALI ALI - 2 måneder siden
Looks like a B Class Merc. Too high
mortl - 2 måneder siden
I don´t get why there is no normal petrol option. the 3 zylinder is for the garbage bin and then you only have the m135i......why not a 4zylinder with ~200hp....
Evan Moore
Evan Moore - 2 måneder siden
Yo why mat Watson swole though?!
utubeballbag - 2 måneder siden
Whats happened to all the German car designer lads ? - theyre pumpin out some right munters lately . heres looking at you bmw 1 series , mercedes s class and volkswagon golf.
Burldisco - 2 måneder siden
Sponsored by KFC!
shikar babulall
shikar babulall - 2 måneder siden
Crappiest thing about a modern BMW is run flat tyres ......totally pointless other manufacturers don't do run flats
The car guy
The car guy - 2 måneder siden
Ugly, expensive and full of plastic.
Johnathan Oldham
Johnathan Oldham - 2 måneder siden
Honestly looks like a shitter design of the i30n
Polat TANOGLU - 2 måneder siden
In Turkey a new Mercedes GLA200, with 1.3 litre engine, on the road costs £60000 (yes, sixty thousand). The tax is probably the highest in the world.
ihsaan husain
ihsaan husain - 2 måneder siden
That bonnet is not flat and longer , not good looking
Tolga Güneş
Tolga Güneş - 2 måneder siden
Hello Korean BMW ! What is this ?? BMW? NO !
Will Murray
Will Murray - 2 måneder siden
Loads of these on the road already. The M135i looks a beast on the road but the base model looks really poor.
Throbbin Hood
Throbbin Hood - 2 måneder siden
It looks a kia and i wouldn't swap, bmw have completely missed the mark, I'll stay with my f21
Morgan - 2 måneder siden
Why does only one exhaust have an open-close pipe
Fewyouknewme be for
Fewyouknewme be for - 2 måneder siden
ugliest bmw of the century
J S - 2 måneder siden
What’s the point of this car? It’s been useless & it’ll forever be useless. Get a golf!
MatthewBennett 89
MatthewBennett 89 - 2 måneder siden
The front🤮
Doc - 2 måneder siden
That price 😂 them looks 🤢 and front wheel drive 🤣
machidaman - 2 måneder siden
This did not start well. I am a vegan and that KFC vegan burger is not good...😖
That said, this does look cracking from the rear and even the sides and rear quarters...the front on the other hand...
cristiandemirel1918 - 2 måneder siden
This is what happens when a car manufacturer listens to stupid customer feedback, a complete failure!
hondatrix - 2 måneder siden
Good review of a crap car..
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