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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  • Answer this question: The best new hatchback available to buy today is... ?

    carwowcarwow2 أشهر قبل
    • Vow golf. R

      Rishith RepalaRishith Repala40 دقائق قبل
    • Toyota Aqua hybrid

      ihsaan husainihsaan husain24 أيام قبل
    • Audi A3

    • 2021 Leon Cupra

      Søren KristoffersenSøren Kristoffersenأشهر قبل
    • Audi A3, I have the new 70 plate and it’s amazing

      Wandering BathtubWandering Bathtubأشهر قبل
  • It would be nice to see you review the headlight performance of the cars also. None of these car review channels review lights.

    Teemu LiiriTeemu Liiriأيام قبل
  • It looks better that than the previous version in my opinion

    Mahdi_ODMMahdi_ODM3 أيام قبل
  • 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...

    SilverFishingSilverFishing3 أيام قبل
  • Peace, mercy, and blessings of God be upon you. I am an Islamic preacher. My name is Ahmed. I invite you to His servants, the One God, the One for Him, the King of the Heavens and the Earth, and you believe in His Messenger, ourMaster Muhammad. And you read the Book of God, the Noble Qur’an. Whoever repents and returns to God, cultivated this world and its end and escaped the torment of God. I hope that whoever reads my comment will act upon it.

    احمد محمداحمد محمد6 أيام قبل
  • Thanks BMW, I hate it.

    PegasiPegasi6 أيام قبل
  • Everyone commenting that it looks like another brand, a Hyundai etc. You obviously can’t afford a BMW

    G ManG Man11 أيام قبل
  • It’s so ugly..... Rest in Peace BMW

    Janssen Garcia SantosJanssen Garcia Santos12 أيام قبل
  • Why don't people just go for a volvo v40

    Shajjad AliShajjad Ali13 أيام قبل
  • 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 🤔

    Michael DunnMichael Dunn13 أيام قبل
  • Nice guns mat! 💪 😍

    N MN M14 أيام قبل
  • It's a Mini Cooper wearing a BMW suit.

    William StromerWilliam Stromer16 أيام قبل
  • The design team did really bad on this one.

    KaylaKayla17 أيام قبل
  • The old 1 series looked way better, that's just ..........well a car

    MGMG17 أيام قبل
  • 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?

    Game RacerGame Racer17 أيام قبل
  • The old is not really good. The new one is outstanding and amazing 💯🔥📈

    Maan KMaan K18 أيام قبل
  • RS focus before there all gone.

    Mark LamudeMark Lamude18 أيام قبل
  • So far i have ZERO of these on streets. Total sales failure!!!

    Miles DavisMiles Davis19 أيام قبل
  • Shaken not stirred 😂🐯

    Rizki FerdianRizki Ferdian20 أيام قبل
  • 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.

    Smoke GuruSmoke Guru21 أيام قبل
  • 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 |

    JeffJeff25 أيام قبل
  • The grills make the car look absolutely ugly in design. Prefer the old over this when it comes to looks.

    Itsuki EndoItsuki Endo25 أيام قبل
  • Best part of the old model was the back and lightsss!!!

    Jeff BJeff B26 أيام قبل
  • 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

    Lucian DobrotaLucian Dobrota26 أيام قبل
  • Jesus is coming

    Ryan TaylorRyan Taylor28 أيام قبل
  • Corsa, please!

    Mark KrallMark Krall29 أيام قبل
  • 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.

    Liam ThomasLiam Thomas29 أيام قبل
  • back looks like a mazda 6

    SændårSændårأشهر قبل
  • 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.

    NicholasNicholasأشهر قبل
  • 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.

    Imran MahmudImran Mahmudأشهر قبل
  • 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

    KaitoKaitoأشهر قبل
  • I love this car, better than the new audi and less "asian" than the new class A 👌🏼❤️😍

    Ib 1980Ib 1980أشهر قبل
  • 42 l of tank is just ridiculous!

    Roberto BiancoRoberto Biancoأشهر قبل
  • 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.

    Paulo Mateus GuerraPaulo Mateus Guerraأشهر قبل
  • 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.

    ZiGa:SZiGa:Sأشهر قبل
  • 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...

    Gaming NorwegianGaming Norwegianأشهر قبل
  • Looks exactly like the a class

    Ben CridgeBen Cridgeأشهر قبل
  • This car looks like an Hyundai i30

    Pesar25Pesar25أشهر قبل
  • The 1 series was always a dog, new front end is just awful. Just plain ugly and brash

    Anthony ParkerAnthony Parkerأشهر قبل
  • Worse looking bmw in a long time

    Ahmed GAhmed Gأشهر قبل
  • bmw has been doing a terrible job lately. all the new models look horrendous

    Erik HErik Hأشهر قبل
  • 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

    craig orfordcraig orfordأشهر قبل
  • 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.

    SBASBAأشهر قبل
  • Really bad job from the designers. Looks like a Lancia Delta from the front.

    Privo di SensoPrivo di Sensoأشهر قبل
  • The previous version was a superb design! And future classic. This one is very boring:(

    Keir barberKeir barberأشهر قبل
  • Disappointing for BMW brand So ugly 🤢

    Majid BaghdadiMajid Baghdadiأشهر قبل
  • Us Americans will probably get the sedan version rather than the hatchback if we do get the 1 series

    iiAbxshiruiiAbxshiruأشهر قبل
  • my 2011 kia optima has more hp than the this d 118 it has 178 hp

    Pagiel IbrahimPagiel Ibrahimأشهر قبل
  • good review as always but So many ads!!! Really annoying

    mlnd18mlnd18أشهر قبل
  • looks like an abortion compared to the previous version

    25500X25500Xأشهر قبل
  • 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.

    Gregory UKGregory UKأشهر قبل
  • Mat, you just read my mind when you said the back looks like a 3-series touring! Are you a mind-reader?!

    Bhuiyan KhalidBhuiyan Khalidأشهر قبل
  • 16:11 Matt casually hitting his head and carrying on😂

    Rob WhiteRob Whiteأشهر قبل
  • 7:08 I have completely no idea what you're saying

    przemkecoversprzemkecoversأشهر قبل
  • Why is this not in the US D:

    BeingGoodBeingGoodأشهر قبل
  • looks like a hyundai

    tashtashأشهر قبل
  • Why does no one notices that the back of the new BMW looks exactly like the old BMW X1 :) ?!?

    emilie letoemilie letoأشهر قبل
  • please stop with this new level of nonsense

    Rings CirclesRings Circlesأشهر قبل
  • I do not like its looks at all.

    Manuel Casado OliverManuel Casado Oliverأشهر قبل
  • BMW with FWD wow great..!!

    saad khansaad khanأشهر قبل
  • Debating between the comfort pack or innovation pack! Hmmmmmm

    Carl LawrenceCarl Lawrence2 أشهر قبل
  • I like this Car 😍

    Ilias MinegtaIlias Minegta2 أشهر قبل
  • Looks like Mickey Mouse club rather than Mighty Mouse 🐭 - Front end design fail, lol

    Sam JSam J2 أشهر قبل
  • ugly

    Minimal UserMinimal User2 أشهر قبل
  • Looks like a mouse old one was alot better 😂

    Mr PocoMr Poco2 أشهر قبل
  • I pass.

    Miles DavisMiles Davis2 أشهر قبل
  • I have the 116d M sport and its a great car

    Steve CookSteve Cook2 أشهر قبل
  • 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

    Slick MikeSlick Mike2 أشهر قبل
  • Love it!!

    Carl LawrenceCarl Lawrence2 أشهر قبل
  • Ugly car, nice review.

    biboKrallebiboKralle2 أشهر قبل
  • God is this ugly

    YolophantHDYolophantHD2 أشهر قبل
    • @Agent ULP that is exactly what I meant

      YolophantHDYolophantHDأشهر قبل
    • Do you mean that god is as ugly as the car?

      Agent ULPAgent ULPأشهر قبل
  • Looks like a corsa on steroids tbh... I like the older ones much better

    Bas WijkstraBas Wijkstra2 أشهر قبل
  • Looks like a B Class Merc. Too high

    SALI ALISALI ALI2 أشهر قبل
  • 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....

    mortlmortl2 أشهر قبل
  • Yo why mat Watson swole though?!

    Evan MooreEvan Moore2 أشهر قبل
  • 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.

    utubeballbagutubeballbag2 أشهر قبل
  • Sponsored by KFC!

    BurldiscoBurldisco2 أشهر قبل
  • Crappiest thing about a modern BMW is run flat tyres ......totally pointless other manufacturers don't do run flats

    shikar babulallshikar babulall2 أشهر قبل
  • Ugly, expensive and full of plastic. No.

    The car guyThe car guy2 أشهر قبل
  • Honestly looks like a shitter design of the i30n

    Johnathan OldhamJohnathan Oldham2 أشهر قبل
  • 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.

    Polat TANOGLUPolat TANOGLU2 أشهر قبل
  • That bonnet is not flat and longer , not good looking

    ihsaan husainihsaan husain2 أشهر قبل
  • Hello Korean BMW ! What is this ?? BMW? NO !

    Tolga GüneşTolga Güneş2 أشهر قبل
  • Loads of these on the road already. The M135i looks a beast on the road but the base model looks really poor.

    Will MurrayWill Murray2 أشهر قبل
  • It looks a kia and i wouldn't swap, bmw have completely missed the mark, I'll stay with my f21

    Throbbin HoodThrobbin Hood2 أشهر قبل
  • Why does only one exhaust have an open-close pipe

    MorganMorgan2 أشهر قبل
  • ugliest bmw of the century

    Fewyouknewme be forFewyouknewme be for2 أشهر قبل
  • What’s the point of this car? It’s been useless & it’ll forever be useless. Get a golf!

    J SJ S2 أشهر قبل
  • The front🤮

    MatthewBennett 89MatthewBennett 892 أشهر قبل
  • That price 😂 them looks 🤢 and front wheel drive 🤣

    DocDoc2 أشهر قبل
  • 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...

    machidamanmachidaman2 أشهر قبل
  • This is what happens when a car manufacturer listens to stupid customer feedback, a complete failure!

    cristiandemirel1918cristiandemirel19182 أشهر قبل
  • Good review of a crap car..

    hondatrixhondatrix2 أشهر قبل

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  • Great review!

    Car and Driving - Car ReviewsCar and Driving - Car Reviews2 أشهر قبل
  • How can people say the old model looks beter? That thing has the biggest snose ever, the side profile is absolutely disgusting.

    IamTx PhysicxIamTx Physicx2 أشهر قبل
  • 2021 car but 69 reg?! 🤔

    Kev RKev R2 أشهر قبل
  • Dreadful

    AutoRevAutoRev2 أشهر قبل
  • Owned every 120i since the launch. Tried the new 118i for a month. Kept my old one. Driving dynamics differences are night and day. Just drive the old cars again Matt... ;)

    IZzelYyIZzelYy2 أشهر قبل
    • He has to be positive about the cars lol, or else BMW wouldnt lend them any more cars lol...

      Gaming NorwegianGaming Norwegianأشهر قبل