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

31 אוג 2020
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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... ?

    carwowcarwowחודש לפני
    • Audi A3

    • 2021 Leon Cupra

      Søren KristoffersenSøren Kristoffersen10 ימים לפני
    • Audi A3, I have the new 70 plate and it’s amazing

      Wandering BathtubWandering Bathtub12 ימים לפני
    • @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 :(

      HarrisonHarrison15 ימים לפני
    • Vauxhall Astra

      Igglepiggle336 LightningMcqueen909Igglepiggle336 LightningMcqueen90916 ימים לפני
  • 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 Dobrota8 שעות לפני
  • Jesus is coming

    Ryan TaylorRyan Taylor2 ימים לפני
  • Corsa, please!

    Mark KrallMark Krall3 ימים לפני
  • 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 Thomas3 ימים לפני
  • back looks like a mazda 6

    SændårSændår4 ימים לפני
  • 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.

    NicholasNicholas5 ימים לפני
  • 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 Mahmud8 ימים לפני
  • 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

    KaitoKaito9 ימים לפני
  • I love this car, better than the new audi and less "asian" than the new class A 👌🏼❤️😍

    sesnuevsesnuev10 ימים לפני
  • 42 l of tank is just ridiculous!

    Roberto BiancoRoberto Bianco11 ימים לפני
  • 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 Guerra11 ימים לפני
  • 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:S12 ימים לפני
  • 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 Norwegian13 ימים לפני
  • Looks exactly like the a class

    Ben CridgeBen Cridge13 ימים לפני
  • This car looks like an Hyundai i30

    Pesar25Pesar2514 ימים לפני
  • The 1 series was always a dog, new front end is just awful. Just plain ugly and brash

    Anthony ParkerAnthony Parker14 ימים לפני
  • Worse looking bmw in a long time

    Ahmed GAhmed G16 ימים לפני
  • bmw has been doing a terrible job lately. all the new models look horrendous

    Erik HErik H17 ימים לפני
  • 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 orford17 ימים לפני
  • 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.

    SBASBA18 ימים לפני
  • Really bad job from the designers. Looks like a Lancia Delta from the front.

    Privo di SensoPrivo di Senso19 ימים לפני
  • The previous version was a superb design! And future classic. This one is very boring:(

    Keir barberKeir barber20 ימים לפני
  • Disappointing for BMW brand So ugly 🤢

    Majid BaghdadiMajid Baghdadi20 ימים לפני
  • Us Americans will probably get the sedan version rather than the hatchback if we do get the 1 series

    iiAbxshiruiiAbxshiru20 ימים לפני
  • my 2011 kia optima has more hp than the this d 118 it has 178 hp

    Pagiel IbrahimPagiel Ibrahim23 ימים לפני
  • I seem to remember that's what BMC said when it replaced A40, Cambridge, Westminster with Mini and 1100 and Allegro and Maxi then went running back to make the Marina quick. Triumph with the 1300 and the Acclaim and Rover with 800.Ford with Mondeo and Opel with the Vectra.That all ended well. Meanwhile has anyone seen the residual values of Monaros and VXR8's and Omegas.Or to be precise the appreciation rates. My guess is the bean counters lied.Buyers do know the difference no point in having the badge without the car to go with it.

    Confederate NationalistConfederate Nationalist23 ימים לפני
  • good review as always but So many ads!!! Really annoying

    mlnd18mlnd1824 ימים לפני
  • looks like an abortion compared to the previous version

    25500X25500X25 ימים לפני
  • 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 UK27 ימים לפני
  • Mat, you just read my mind when you said the back looks like a 3-series touring! Are you a mind-reader?!

    Bhuiyan KhalidBhuiyan Khalid27 ימים לפני
  • 16:11 Matt casually hitting his head and carrying on😂

    Rob WhiteRob White29 ימים לפני
  • 7:08 I have completely no idea what you're saying

    przemkecoversprzemkecovers29 ימים לפני
  • Why is this not in the US D:

    BeingGoodBeingGoodחודש לפני
  • looks like a hyundai

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

    emilie letoemilie letoחודש לפני
  • please stop with this new level of nonsense

    Rings CirclesRings Circlesחודש לפני
  • I do not like its looks at all.

    Manuel Casado OliverManuel Casado Oliverחודש לפני
  • BMW with FWD wow great..!!

    saad khansaad khanחודש לפני
  • Debating between the comfort pack or innovation pack! Hmmmmmm

    Carl LawrenceCarl Lawrenceחודש לפני
  • I like this Car 😍

    Ilias MinegtaIlias Minegtaחודש לפני
  • Looks like Mickey Mouse club rather than Mighty Mouse 🐭 - Front end design fail, lol

    Sam JSam Jחודש לפני
  • ugly

    Minimal UserMinimal Userחודש לפני
  • Looks like a mouse old one was alot better 😂

    Mr PocoMr Pocoחודש לפני
  • I pass.

    Miles DavisMiles Davisחודש לפני
  • I have the 116d M sport and its a great car

    Steve CookSteve Cookחודש לפני
  • 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 Mikeחודש לפני
  • Love it!!

    Carl LawrenceCarl Lawrenceחודש לפני
  • Ugly car, nice review.

    biboKrallebiboKralleחודש לפני
  • God is this ugly

    YolophantHDYolophantHDחודש לפני
    • @Agent ULP that is exactly what I meant

      YolophantHDYolophantHDחודש לפני
    • Do you mean that god is as ugly as the car?

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

    Bas WijkstraBas Wijkstraחודש לפני
  • Looks like a B Class Merc. Too high

    SALI ALISALI ALIחודש לפני
  • 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....

    mortlmortlחודש לפני
  • my advice to BMW: stop making 4 wheel vehicles and start focusing on 2 wheels coz ur cars are ugly as hell

    Dario YeDario Yeחודש לפני
  • Yo why mat Watson swole though?!

    Evan MooreEvan Mooreחודש לפני
  • 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.

    utubeballbagutubeballbagחודש לפני
  • Sponsored by KFC!

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

    shikar babulallshikar babulallחודש לפני
  • Ugly, expensive and full of plastic. No.

    The car guyThe car guyחודש לפני
  • Honestly looks like a shitter design of the i30n

    Johnathan OldhamJohnathan Oldhamחודש לפני
  • 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 TANOGLUחודש לפני
  • That bonnet is not flat and longer , not good looking

    ihsaan husainihsaan husainחודש לפני
  • Hello Korean BMW ! What is this ?? BMW? NO !

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

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

    Throbbin HoodThrobbin Hoodחודש לפני
  • Why does only one exhaust have an open-close pipe

    MorganMorganחודש לפני
  • ugliest bmw of the century

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

    J SJ Sחודש לפני
  • The front🤮

    MatthewBennett 89MatthewBennett 89חודש לפני
  • That price 😂 them looks 🤢 and front wheel drive 🤣

    DocDocחודש לפני
  • 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...

    machidamanmachidamanחודש לפני
  • This is what happens when a car manufacturer listens to stupid customer feedback, a complete failure!

    cristiandemirel1918cristiandemirel1918חודש לפני
  • Good review of a crap car..

    hondatrixhondatrixחודש לפני

    Car Reviews by Mohammed AryanCar Reviews by Mohammed Aryanחודש לפני

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  • Great review!

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

    IamTx PhysicxIamTx Physicxחודש לפני
  • 2021 car but 69 reg?! 🤔

    Kev RKev Rחודש לפני
  • Dreadful

    AutoRevAutoRevחודש לפני
  • 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... ;)

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

      Gaming NorwegianGaming Norwegian13 ימים לפני
  • Do I like that car so much

    AlphaTricksAlphaTricksחודש לפני
  • Yawn

    WillWillחודש לפני
  • 1. You buy a bmw because it’s rear wheel drive. 2. Side on it looks like an A class. 3. That grille is hideous

    AcarsguyAcarsguyחודש לפני
  • The front looks like a Lancia.

    Warden JackWarden Jackחודש לפני
  • ‘Wow’, it’s really ugly

    William HindleWilliam Hindleחודש לפני
  • looks like mercedes + kia

    Axis WaitAxis Waitחודש לפני
  • Looks like a Japanese brand from the side

    Gelson MwaleGelson Mwaleחודש לפני
  • Man when you compare this to the previous gen it’s literally sad. Looks absolutely horrendous. Yuck.

    tsukitsukiחודש לפני
  • Just when BMW and German car manufacturers couldn't produce anymore ugly cars.This is proper fugly

  • If it was all about space we would all drive MPV's -what a boring car shame -end of an era

    Joe DomicanJoe Domicanחודש לפני
  • Stopped the video half way through as the commentator is a total cock!! Is he actually getting paid for this????

    B. R.B. R.חודש לפני
  • You should do a comparison video between the BMW 1 Series & the Ford Focus.

    KolibriKolibriחודש לפני
  • Ugliest BM... umm car ever?!

    D.W.D.W.חודש לפני
  • Fun fact - All new BMW vehicles have had the indicator removed as it was extra weight which wasn’t needed

    Connor ThompsonConnor Thompsonחודש לפני
  • Looks like a Kia 🤔

    BrawnyFantaBrawnyFantaחודש לפני
  • i think your head looks like that burger lol

    Lord LegendLord Legendחודש לפני
  • It is ugly

    Ionel PatrunjelIonel Patrunjelחודש לפני
  • 7:44 sounds like a tractor

    Strictly YoutubeStrictly Youtubeחודש לפני
  • ugly AF

    memalos1memalos1חודש לפני
  • In few years, new BMW series 1, 0.9 engine, 220 bhp. Oh yeah, and 2 cyl :)))

    raulio81raulio81חודש לפני