Auto Express's performance ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Fine in a straight line and in the dry but wobbly in the wet and corners are a bit too exciting after a front wheel drive car - and don't even mention snow. This care does not do snow - so what happens in Bavaria? Surely it's time BMW join the real world and produce a front or 4 wheel drive road car. And don't tell me 'it's a driver's car" - first and foremost I wnat a car I can rely on gettign me somewhere regardless of weather, then I can think about having some fun. Should have bought an Audi!

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 2/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for

Handling and driver comfort excellent. Dissapointed with having to change Pirelli euphoria runflat tyres after a mileage of only 15,500 ! Steering lock yellow warning light appearing from time to time ! At one time this turned to red.....fixed under warranty....but yellow warning light still appearing occasionally !!!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

I think on the whole the BMW 1series is a great hatch, the driving position is spot on and the handling is very direct. Would definately consider a BMW again. BMW build quality does live up to its reputation and the stlye and quality are both fantastic especially for the price.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

135i M sport coupe. Great car, but quite limited in choice of tyres. Ride quality can be a little harsh around town but otherwise the car is perfect, very fast and very enjoyable. Not the best looking coupe, but perfromance more than makes up for that.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Very impressed with BMW build quality compared to other manufacturers. The driving experience is always good if not exceptional, although wet weather handling could be better. Interior comfort is superb, with everything close to hand.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 3/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Only issue is squealing brakes since new and been to the dealer 3 times but not sorted. For a high performance car it runs well and doesn't cost much at all thanks to the 5 years free servicing.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brilliant, I have driven a3s and golfs, 1 series is best in class for certain, I'll be sad to see it go. Only issue was with frameless windows, not going down when closing the doors (3dr).

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

123d is fantastic - a pleasure to drive and own, with the bonus of pretty good fuel economy and cheaper road tax and insurance than cars with similar performance.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Had no big problems yet, side lights keep playing up though. Fuel econ is good and no big costs yet. Average performance for what it is.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

First class drive. Makes me smile every time I go anywhere in it. Plenty of performance (177 bhp) with good economy (average 50+ mpg}

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great engine. Looks sporty as a coupe but is useful with the boot too. Not many about so feels good not to be run of the mill!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

perfomance and handling good but not good value at over £22K and still no cruise control - yes another option missed.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Very pleased with the performance of the 1.6 engine and surprised at its economy considering the weight of the car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

great car. only complaint is that the rear wheel drive makes it almost impossible to drive in snowy/icy conditions

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I have been really impressed. nothing but consumables in 2 years. It is thirsty but I knew that when I bought it.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Great brand, top notch quality and unrivaled performance. Puts a smile on my face everytime I drive it!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems yet. Good economy for performance. servicing costs modest and well spread out so far.-.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Never had an issue with anything on the vehicle. Expensive running costs offset by performance.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A great package - Not the roomiest for a car in this sector but certainly the best to drive

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Great except in freezing conditions where the rear wheel drive make it difficult to handle

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No problems. Minimal servicing required, mpg ok given the performance. tyres expensive.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Pretty good - only had a failed battery so far. Heavy on fuel, tyres and brake pads.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I'm generally happy, but made a mistake by not paying for a better engine.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good blend of style, performance and practicality from a premium brand.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Its a fast car, so I accept that its running costs are high.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fantastic to drive, handles like on rails and does 50mpg.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Compromised handling/ride to cater for runflat tyres.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 3/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Its fine for 2 people, goes well and sounds good

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Other than Water pump bearing failure v/good

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

A brilliant drive - exactly what I wanted!

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not had any issues since buying it in 2010

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brake sensors seem to break alot

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fun car to drive

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

excellent car

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5