The F20 BMW 1 Series three- and five-door hatch range has been given a much-needed facelift. This is pretty much the last we’ll see of the rear-wheel drive 1er, as the next generation is set to adopt the new front-wheel drive UKL platform used by the 2 Series Active Tourer, the new MINI and the next BMW X1.

Looks-wise, quite a bit has changed – and for the better, we think. A reshaped kidney grille is flanked by new, slimmer headlamps with nicer-looking corona rings (at least they’re in one line now!). New front bumper with larger intakes, too.

LED DRLs are standard; options include full-LED headlamps, LED fog lamps with cornering and LED High Beam Assistant. Round the back, you’ll see new L-shaped LED rear lamps that eat into the tailgate, and a restyled rear bumper.

The interior hasn’t changed much save for the addition of glossy black on the centre stack, but auto air-con, a rain sensor, tyre pressure indicator showing each individual wheel, BMW Radio Professional and 6.5-inch central display with iDrive are now standard equipment, while an 8.8-inch navigation system with the bigger touch-enabled iDrive knob is available.

The 116i is now powered by a 109 hp/180 Nm 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine. The 136 hp/220 Nm 1.6 litre four-cylinder that powered the pre-facelift 116i is now used by the 118i, and the 170 hp/250 Nm version found in the pre-facelift 118i is now used by the 120i. The 125i keeps its 218 hp/310 Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder.

Now for the diesels – the 116d and 116d EfficientDynamics are now powered by a 116 hp/270 Nm 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine (previously 114 hp/260 Nm 1.6 litre four-cylinder), while the 118d, 120d and 125d get a 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine in 150 hp/320 Nm, 190 hp/400 Nm and 224 hp/450 Nm states of tune.

All engines feature BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology. Six-speed manual and eight-speed auto gearboxes, along with xDrive all-wheel drive versions, are offered, and the auto ‘box is now capable of referring to navigation data for transmission management.

The hot M135i‘s 3.0 litre straight-six benefits from a small 6 hp boost to 326 hp, while retaining its 450 Nm of twist. The rear-wheel drive version gets from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds (manual) or 4.9 seconds (auto) before topping out at 250 km/h. Like the 118d and 120d, the M Performance model can be specified with xDrive. So equipped, it does the century sprint in 4.7 seconds.

Options include adaptive suspension, M Sport suspension, variable sports steering, M Sport brakes, radar-based Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Parking Assistant (auto parallel and perpendicular parking), camera-based Driving Assistant and a reverse camera.

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