The BMW 1 Series Coupe is fun to drive. The BMW 1 Series Coupe is available in three trim levels, the SE Coupe, Sport Coupe or M Sport Coupe and with six engine choices; the 168bhp 120i petrol, 141 bhp 118d diesel and 174 bhp 120d diesel are the entry level models, followed by the twin-turbo 201 bhp 123d and the 125i that produces 215bhp from its 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine. Top of the class is the 135i, featuring BMW’s newest 3.0-litre inline-6 engine, equipped with a single, twin-scroll turbocharger and BMW’s revolutionary Valvtronic throttle-less intake technology. The engine develops 302 bhp and 295 lb ft of torque that propels the 135i from 0-60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. All the engines are controlled by a six speed manual transmission and prove smooth and quiet on the road.
Good feedback through the steering means that this car drives well, with a performance that is balanced and smooth. It is a comfortable drive, and the cabin offers plenty of head and legroom up front, with additional seating for two in the back. The innovative interior design incorporates high-quality fittings, luxurious upholstery and has a decent-sized boot, which can be increased thanks to 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks. The BMW 1 Series Coupe is instantly recognisable with a powerful and muscular body and aggressive rear end styling. It is is one of the most powerful and enjoyable to drive sports car-like models in its class, successfully retaining the defining characteristics of a BMW, namely performance and refinement.