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BMW 1 Series F40

Compact Hatchback

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Product Overview

BMW 1 Series F40 is a compact hatchback in production from 2019. It is available with a range of inline-3 and inline-4 engines that displaced 1.5 to 2.0 liters.
Compared to the F20 1 Series, the F40 has drastically smaller engines. Even the "M135i" uses only a 2-liter I4. Further, the car became FWD-based, with lots of AWD forced upon the driver.
Overall, it is a giant disappointment.


What we found

Neofiliac score 26%
  • Good 0.26 drag coefficient
  • Low fuel consumption
  • FWD-based
  • Only available with small engines
  • Stuck with MacPherson struts in the front

What external reviewers found

External score 69%
  • Fantastic build quality
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Impressive handling
  • Decent rear-wheel-drive performance
  • Lack of grip
  • Lack of interior space
  • Lacklustre infotainment
  • Lack of Android Auto
  • Lack of rear-wheel drive
  • Not as agile as its predecessor

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Variants shown:
116d AT
116i AT
118d AT
118i AT
118i Euro6d
118i Euro6d AT
120d AT
120d xDrive AT
120i AT
128ti AT
M135i Euro6d xDrive AT
M135i xDrive

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External Reviews


Reviewer score 83% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autocar have found:
The complete B-Series conversion, as it’s known, consists chiefly of Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers. Each benefits from Birds-spec tuning bespoke to both the M140i itself and, crucially, to one another. Lateral grip levels aren’t massive – they’re still comfortably inferior to those of an M2 Competition – but the way the rear axle behaves is so neat and predictable.
  • Taut and controlled low-speed ride
  • Fantastic build quality
  • Lateral grip levels aren’t as good as M2 Competition


Reviewer score 82% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autoexpress have found:
The 1 Series was the follow-up to the BMW Compact that first established BMW as a player in a segment where it competes with higher-spec versions of hatchback stalwarts like the VW Golf, Ford Focus and Mazda 3. There are just three trim levels in the 1 Series range at present, which includes the entry-level SE, Sport and the racy M Sport versions. Even the lowliest diesel manages 0-62mph in just over 10 seconds, while the go-faster M135i still returns up to 38.7mpg on average.
  • Fastest petrol engine on the market
  • Decent rear-wheel-drive performance
  • Lack of interior space


  1. ^ Birds BMW 1 Series M140i 2020 UK review. [autocar].
  2. ^ BMW 1 Series review. [autoexpress].