2019 BMW 1 Series spotted again

Matthew Mills
January 09, 2019

New spy pics reveal the upcoming 2019 BMW 1 Series caught testing in Germany

  • Spotted

    2019 BMW 1 Series

  • Release date

    2019

  • Prices from

    £23,000

A camouflaged 2019 BMW 1 Series has been photographed during road testing near the company’s HQ in Munich. The hatchback will go on sale later this year as an alternative to the Mercedes A-Class, Audi A3 Sportback and Volkswagen Golf.

Aesthetically, the car has a number of differences to the current, outgoing 1 Series. Its front end will get the gaping grille already seen on the 3 and 5 Series, and it also shares those models’ headlight designs.

The rear of the car will be changed markedly, too. Smart LED taillights will help it look more modern and the new car’s larger size will give it a more substantial feel on the road. And give credit to BMW, because the new 1 Series also appears to be blessed with real exhaust pipes – not the plastic fakery you’ll find on an Audi or Mercedes. The boot-mounted spoiler (though it is actually there to save fuel) makes it look sporty.

The biggest changes happen under the skin, however, because this model – which shares its mechanicals with the Mini Countryman – will be front-wheel drive. This will give you more cabin space than in the somewhat cramped current car. Head and legroom should both be increased, while you can expect the boot to also improve over the 360-litre capacity that you get at the moment.

The downside is that the BMW could lose the nimble handling and pure steering feel – with no wriggle when you accelerate – that’s a unique selling point of the current BMW 1 Series.

On the upside, the X2 proves BMW knows how to make a front-wheel drive car fun to drive. Plus, you’ll also likely be able to have your new 1 Series with grippy four-wheel drive anyway.

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