At the end of 2020 a new gasoline sports version debuts

It is the first 1 Series with front wheel drive

The third generation of the BMW 1 Series was accompanied by a change in concept that is given by the adoption of a front-wheel drive system – there are also xDrive versions – in addition to important improvements in the technological section and an increase in space for both the occupants. as for loading. In November 2020, the 128ti version with a gasoline engine and a sports tuning that places it below the M135i will go on sale.

The new 2020 BMW 1 Series It is the third generation of a model that, once again, has its main rivals in the Audi A3 and the Mercedes A-Class. For the first time, it is fitted with a front-wheel drive system that, however, has not made it lose a bit of character. It also considerably improves its habitability and takes an important step forward as far as technology is concerned.


The new 2020 BMW 1 Series, which is only sold with a five-door body, is 4.32 meters long, 1.8 meters wide and 1.43 meters high. For its part, the battle is 2.67 meters.

In terms of its pure and simple aesthetics, the Series 1 It is the result of the new design language of the German brand, which causes it to have a larger grill. This, which is quite similar to the BMW X2, is active, in such a way that it opens and closes automatically depending on the aerodynamic or engine cooling needs that exist. It also highlights a led lighting system that, as an option, can be full led with adaptive function.

The side stands out for a shark shape in the most forward area, a slender advance of the windows towards the end of the car and a C-pillar with the usual curve Hofmeister. At the rear we have a more compact arrangement of the elements and exhaust outlets of 90 millimeters in diameter –100 in the case of the variant. M135i-. The standard wheels are 16 inches, and as an option they can go up to 19.


If there is something that one perceives as soon as entering the cabin of the new 2020 BMW 1 Series is the extra space available, something especially noticeable at the rear. There, the legroom grows 33 millimeters, while the head enjoys an extra 19 millimeters in the case of having a panoramic roof – available for the first time on the model – with external opening. At the rear, 13 millimeters more width between elbows are also announced, while at the front this same increases by 42 millimeters.

The boot is another point that offers more capacity than in the previous Series 1. Specifically, we are talking about 380 liters, 20 more, a figure that can reach up to 1,200 in the case of folding down the rear seats.

The aforementioned panoramic roof favors the entry of light into the interior of the car, as well as the contribution of a greater sense of spaciousness. There are also some new backlit strip moldings that are optional and offer three different designs.

Another point to take into account of the new BMW 1 Series This is the presence of the German brand’s 7.0 operating system, which can incorporate a gesture control function. Your inquiry is made through a screen of 10.25 inch that is arranged in the center of the dashboard. Under it are the physical controls of the climate control, while in the central console we find the control wheel of the infotainment system and another series of buttons, among which is the starter. In addition, the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which is the digital dashboard, is from the game, while the Head-Up Display appears as an option.


In addition to the serial version, the 2020 BMW 1 Series It stands out for offering three different equipment lines, each one with distinctive details both on the outside and inside. The first one is the Advantage, to which are added the Sport Line, with Black highlights, BMW Individual glossy Shadow Line window surround and sport seats; and the version M Sport, with highlights Satin aluminum, front apron with specially shaped air intakes and the BMW M rear apron in High-gloss Black. The latter makes the Series 1 offer an aesthetic very close to that of the version M135i xDrive.

He 2020 BMW 1 Series It also stands out for the large amount of technology it offers. The present systems use camera images, radar data, and ultrasonic sensors to alert the driver to a specific hazard or to minimize the risk of an accident when acting on the brakes and steering. In fact, the Series 1 can stop on its own to avoid an impact or mitigate its consequences. Standard is the Lane Departure Warning system with active return to the lane, which operates between 70 and 210 kilometers / hour, while as an option we have Active Cruise Control, operating up to 160 kilometers / hour in cars with automatic gearbox and Stop & Go function, or the Driving Assistant, which includes the Lane Change Warning system, the rear collision warning and rear cross traffic warning.

Other systems to consider are the Park Distance Control optional, the rear view camera or the Parking Assistant. The latter offers assistance when parking online or on battery, as well as help to leave the parking when it is online. The reversing assistant stores the steering movements when the car has moved forward at no more than 36 kilometers / hour and later directs the vehicle in reverse on exactly the same path it followed when moving forward, up to 50 meters in distance. distance and at a speed up to 9 kilometers / hour.

Finally, the optional intelligent systems BMW Digital Key and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, both known from higher models, must be taken into account. The first allows users to open and close the vehicle with their Smartphone using Near Field Communication technology. The driver can share the BMW Digital Key with up to five people or use the BMW KeyCard with the same function.


The mechanical range of the new 2020 BMW 1 Series It is made up of two gasoline and three diesel engines, to which a new gasoline option will be added at the end of 2020. The first are the 118i, three-cylinder and 140 horsepower, and the M135i xDrive, which is the most powerful four-cylinder in the history of the brand with 306 horsepower. The latter is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 kilometers / hour in just 4.8 seconds, a figure that improves one tenth in the case of equipping the M Performance package. Its maximum speed is 250 kilometers / hour.

The units Diesel they start with the 116d, with three cylinders and 116 horsepower, an engine followed by two others, the 118d of 150 horses and the 120d of 190 horses.

He M135i xDrive It has all-wheel drive, while the rest are front-wheel drive, one of the great novelties of a 1 Series that leaves behind the propulsion. The two lighter versions both in diesel and gasoline, as well as the intermediate diesel option, are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. As an option, the seven-speed gearbox with double clutch Steptronic can be installed on versions 116d and 118i. The same happens with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission in the case of the 118d, which is the same as the 120d offers as standard. For its part, the M135i xDrive offers the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission as standard.

In both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, the ARB, a system capable of controlling the slip of the driving wheels. This system is located in the engine control unit, and works hand in hand with the DSC to prevent loss of traction. In addition, the ARB is coordinated with the BMW Performance Control, which improves agility by intelligently applying the brakes on the inside wheels when cornering, before reaching the slip threshold.

Regarding the suspension, in addition to the series, BMW offers in this Series 1 2020 a M Sport which reduces the height of the car by 10 millimeters. As an option we also have the Adaptive suspension with variable damping.

The aforementioned new gasoline engine is the one that powers the version 128ti, the sportiest of those with front-wheel drive. The engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 265 horsepower. The gearbox is an eight-speed automatic. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers / hour completes it in 6.1 seconds. This variant of the Series 1 It also has a Torsen limited-slip differential, and uses some elements of the M135i xDrive such as stabilizer bars or M sports brakes. The height of the body has also been lowered by ten millimeters compared to the conventional versions.


During the dynamic presentation of the 2020 BMW 1 Series we have had the opportunity to drive two of the versions, the 118i and the 118d. We will discuss the differences between the two engines later, as the vehicle dynamics, in both cases units equipped with the M-Sport package, is very similar in both cases.

The first thing you notice as soon as you enter the cabin of the German compact is that the promise of BMW is absolutely true: there is more space both in the front and in the rear. It will not be a chimera that five adults travel in this car with a degree of comfort more than acceptable. The same goes for the trunk, whose 380 liters are more than usable because of its squared shape.

Before we get going, we review all the controls at our disposal. Personally I consider a great success on the part of BMW that of maintaining certain physical controls such as the air conditioning or the volume of the audio equipment. They are surely the ones that we are going to use the most and it is convenient to be able to access them without having to take your eyes off the road, something that becomes more complicated in the case of having chosen to digitize everything.

We didn’t have many miles to drive the new one 2020 BMW 1 Series, but enough to assess what most worries the followers of the vehicle. How does that affect front-wheel drive? It is true that you can see that the car ‘pulls’ from the front, and also some more weight in this area, but also that none of this affects what is really important: the new 1 Series behaves like a real BMW. It is precisely that direct steering feel and that ability to round the curves in a way that is difficult to improve that has really given the German firm fame and prestige. The propulsion was a hallmark, yes, but if you had to lose it for any reason, the really important thing is that the Series 1 behaves like a Series 1. And boy does it!

In addition to all this, and I am going with a personal reflection that is supported by the data of BMWIn most of the situations that the road presents on a day-to-day basis, a customer is indifferent if the car he is driving is front-wheel drive or propulsion. It is not going at a sufficient rate for this to be a differential factor or, in a way, it is even noticeable. In fact, as confirmed by the top echelons of the brand, an internal study has concluded that only 15% of buyers are concerned about this fact.

And what about the engines? First of all we were able to drive the 118iie the 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with 140 horsepower and 220 Newton meter of maximum torque. Associated with a six-speed manual gearbox, I have to admit that it is a surprising engine even knowing it. It responds correctly throughout the rev range and, especially when it reaches a certain speed, it runs quite a bit. In the must, the same thing that happens to all engines with this architecture must be noted, and that is that the engine retentions when reducing gear are not as fierce as they would be with a four-cylinder. A matter of getting used to. Regarding consumption, I obtained an average of 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers during the tour, which presented all types of roads.

With respect to 118dIt is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of delivering 150 horsepower and a maximum torque of 350 Newton meters, in this case associated with the eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. It is a mechanically balanced to the maximum power and incorporated in the 2020 BMW 1 Series brings out the best in him. Smooth, able to run on demand and efficient. In fact, during a journey similar to the 118i it consumed an average of 5.6 liters per 100 kilometers. Which one would I choose between the two? With the latter. The current Diesel are worth it, and a lot.


The new 2020 BMW 1 Series It is available at a starting price of 30,300 euros, a figure that corresponds to the 118i version. The next step for gasoline is the M135i xDrive, which is the most expensive variant of the model at 51,900 euros. For its part, the Diesel start at 30,650 euros for the 116d, at 32,550 euros for the 118d and at 38,100 for the 120d xDrive.


Date Upgrade 09/17/2020 BMW announces the upcoming arrival of the 128ti. 09/25/2019 We attended the dynamic presentation of the model. 07/15/2019 Publication of the 2019 BMW 1 Series prices.

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