Why should I want it?
This is the most powerful four-cylinder engine BMW has ever built, and it comes with secure xDrive four-wheel drive in a package that cures most of the practicality issues of previous 1-Series generations without significantly harming the driving experience.
Why can’t I have it?
Although efficiency is good, it’s still a BMW 1-Series that’s at 154g/km and just over 35mpg, and it costs about the same as a very decent level of 3-Series.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
Running costs beat those of the Audi S3 and Mercedes A35 AMG rivals thanks to lower emission and a better residual value, and the new 1-Series’ increased practicality means more cabin and boot space over its predecessor. In isolation it also looks like it could be
an M Sport trim of a smaller engine, which is either good or bad depending on your viewpoint.
More fleety alternative
The regular 1-Series still handles with the sure-footedness that was feared to be under threat in the move from rear- to front-wheel drive, and the 116d M Sport has the looks to go with it for just over £28k. Plus, it has an excellent figure of only 100g/km and is RDE2 compliant.
|Performance:||4.8 sec/155 mph|