There’s enough space for four adults to get comfy in five-door models, but the tall lump in the BMW 1 Series’ floor means a central-rear passenger has nowhere to put their feet
Front seat passengers will find things very comfortable because there is plenty of head and leg room. Rear-seat passengers will be slightly more cramped, though overall it is still roomier than the Mercedes A-Class. Because the BMW 1 Series is rear-wheel drive, there’s a transmission tunnel running to the rear wheels, which removes most of the leg room for anyone sitting in the middle rear seat. The five-door model is the best choice if you’ll regularly carry backseat passengers because it’s a bit of a faff squeezing behind the front seats in the three-door version.
Storage space is a little hit and miss. The BMW 1 Series‘ front door bins are large and so is the glovebox, but the rear door pockets in the five-door car are small, and the space under the front-centre armrest will hold your phone and wallet but not a bottle of water.
It might look sportier than most small family cars but the 1 Series’ boot is still impressively roomy for a car this size. Annoyingly, you have to pay extra if you want an 12V socket in the back
Boot space in the BMW 1 Series is about on par with its main competitors. A total volume of 360 litres means that it’s within 20 litres of the five-door Audi A3 Sportback, and fares better than the 345-litre load bay in the Mercedes A-Class – and its wide opening makes it easier to load than the Merc. Fold the rear seats down, and that figure expands to 1,200 litres.
An optional Storage Pack adds boot netting to secure smaller items and extra 12-volt sockets, which are always welcome for charging mobile devices, or powering coolboxes on camping trips.