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BMW 1 Series three-door and M135i launched

BMW 1 Series is £2,000 cheaper than 2012 Audi A3

BMW 1 Series 3dr

BMW has also announced a 114i 1.6-litre petrol engine

BMW has revealed the three-door version of its latest 1 Series, and added a performance version to the range.

The new three-door BMW 1 Series is on sale now, priced from £17,300 – £1,905 cheaper than the just-launched three-door Audi A3.

New BMW 114i engine

BMW has introduced a new engine for the three-door variant of its medium car. The114i – a 102bhp version of the firm’s 1.6-litre turbo – will reach 62mph in 11.2 seconds and return a claimed 51.3mpg combined with 132g/km CO2 emissions (£120 car tax).

The new entry-level model is £1,550 cheaper than the 116i, but falls into the same car tax bracket.

Engine choice from launch comprises the existing 116i, 125i, 116d, 118d and 125d carried over from the five-door car.

The most efficient unit in the range is the 114bhp 116d turbodiesel, returning a claimed 62.8mpg and 117g/km CO2 (£30 car tax).

BMW 1 Series 3dr M135i

Hot hatchback fans will like the sound of the M135i

Improved practicality

Compared to the car it replaces, the new three-door 1 Series is more practical, boasting an 85mm longer body and 31mm longer wheelbase to give extra legroom inside. Boot space is also up 30 litres to 360 litres with the rear seats in place – 5 litres less than the new Audi A3.

Prices for the new 1 Series three-door begin at £17,300 for the 114i ES. That makes it a more affordable option than the 2012 Audi A3, which is priced from £19,205. The cheapest diesel variant is the 116d ES, at £19,635, rising to £27,290 for the range-topping diesel 125d M Sport.

320bhp M135i debuts

The new 1 Series three-door marks the introduction of the fastest, most powerful 1 Series hatchback ever, the M135i.

The performance-focused car’s 320bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine gives 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds, while fuel economy is respectable for a car this powerful, at a claimed 35.5mpg.

The M135i is on sale now, priced from £27,510.

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