2025 BMW 1 Series – new F70 is a heavy facelift of F40, ditches “i” suffix and gains standard 7-speed DCT

2025 BMW 1 Series – new F70 is a heavy facelift of F40, ditches “i” suffix and gains standard 7-speed DCT

The BMW 1 Series has entered its fourth generation with the reveal of the new F70 model. The second iteration to be based on Munich’s front-wheel-drive architecture (FAAR), it’s actually a heavy facelift of the slightly milquetoast F40 predecessor, following in the footsteps of its F66 MINI Cooper stablemate while adding new technologies seen on the brand’s other recent cars.

The similarities to last model start with the dimensions, where the new 1 Series retains the 1,800 mm width and 2,670 wheelbase, albeit with a 42 mm increase in length and a commensurate 25 mm bump in height to 4,361 mm and 1,459 mm respectively. It also carries over a surprising amount of styling hallmarks from the old car, including the long bonnet, cab-backward profile, wide taillights and even the almond-shaped headlights.

The design has at least been usefully sharpened up, with details such as the vertical daytime running lights (blue-tinged adaptive matrix LED headlights are optional) and a conjoined double kidney grille (now with a bizarre mix of vertical and diagonal slats) that’s wider and mounted much lower, eliminating the outgoing model’s pig-nosed look.

2025 BMW 1 Series – new F70 is a heavy facelift of F40, ditches “i” suffix and gains standard 7-speed DCT

So much is shared with the F40 that even the doors are identical, retaining that car’s pull-type door handles (all other new BMWs feature flush handles with an upper flap). However, the C-pillar appliqué has been extended to enhance the Hofmeister kink graphic and now incorporates an embossed “1”, similar to the “5” on the latest G60 5 Series.

Elsewhere, you can now option the 1 Series with a black roof for the first time, while the “fanged” taillights with their hexagonal graphics take inspiration from the new U10 X2. The standard 1 Series gets a wide front air intake, vertical front and rear corner inlets and an already sizeable diffuser, the latter being supersized on the M Sport version that also incorporates the split downturned front intake from the X2.

Just like the outside, much of the interior has been left unchanged, including the door cards. Freshening up things somewhat is a new dashboard and centre console, featuring distinctive horizontal slots for the corner air vents, “hidden” centre vents and a stubby gear selector toggle. The curved widescreen display panel will be familiar to those who own BMW’s other new compact cars, fitted with a 10.25-inch digital instrument display and a 10.7-inch infotainment touchscreen, separated by a column of touch-sensitive shortcut buttons.

2025 BMW 1 Series – new F70 is a heavy facelift of F40, ditches “i” suffix and gains standard 7-speed DCT

The tech runs on the latest Android-based BMW Operating System 9, a fully touch-based interface that ditches the iDrive rotary controller and incorporates the air-con controls in the centre screen. A three-spoke steering wheel comes as standard, with the M Sport package adding a racier ‘wheel with cutouts in the centre spoke, plus the M tricolour in the ambient lighting and dashboard stitching.

Elsewhere, you get redesigned seats which can be replaced by either sport or M Sport seats, as well as either Econeer fabric (made from recycled PET bottles) or Veganza faux leather upholstery. Also new is a standard front centre airbag and an optional massage function. As before, you get a 380 litre boot, expandable to 1,200 litres by folding the rear seats.

At launch, the new 1 Series will be offered in two petrol and diesel variants, the former being the first BMW petrol models to ditch the “i” suffix. A 150 PS/360 Nm 2.0 litre B47 four-cylinder turbodiesel powers the 118d and 120d, the latter gaining a 48-volt mild hybrid system that pushes outputs to 163 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The same mild hybrid system augments the 156 PS/240 Nm 1.5 litre B38 turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine in the 120, leading to a total system output of 170 PS and 280 Nm.

2025 BMW 1 Series – new F70 is a heavy facelift of F40, ditches “i” suffix and gains standard 7-speed DCT

Sitting at the top of the range is the all-wheel-drive M135 xDrive, motivated by a 2.0 litre B48 turbo petrol four-pot making 300 PS and 400 Nm – enough to get the hot hatch from zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. All engines are now mated to a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, ditching the old eight-speed Aisin automatic and six-speed manual options.

Under the skin, the 1 Series benefits from a stiffer body structure and a revised chassis that features new suspension geometry (including a 20% greater caster angle at the front for increased stability and steering feedback), preloaded anti-roll bar mounts and revised dampers.

A brake-by-wire system has also been added, while sport steering, adaptive dampers and larger brakes can be fitted by opting for the M Sport package that’s standard on the M135. The latter is further set apart by horizontal grille slats, M side mirror caps and quad tailpipes; you can also spec the car with an M Technology Package that throws on uprated suspension components, M Compound brakes and 19-inch forged alloy wheels.

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Safety-wise, the 1 Series has been boosted with an array of driver assists, including the Driving Assistant package (adding autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, a door opening warning and traffic sign recognition) and Parking Assist with reversing assist that are now part of the standard specification.

On the options list is the Driving Assistant Professional that adds adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist and speed limit assist, while the Parking Assist Professional enables remote park assist.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • DonkeyKong on Jun 05, 2024 at 12:29 pm

    LOL it looks like a Kia

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  • Peppa on Jun 05, 2024 at 12:37 pm

    It looks like mix of french cars now lmao

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  • This actually looks decent compared to the recent BMW reveals.

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  • FreshGradFromMars on Jun 05, 2024 at 2:40 pm

    The 5, this 1, new BMW models looks noob. They try to be EV-look, but ended up with wierd faces that is not sporty nor luxurious.

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  • Azmir on Jun 05, 2024 at 2:53 pm

    The current 1 series is much better looking also cannot see on the road, now this – gone case

    Mercedes just need to come out with new nice looking A-class and kill this thing off for good.

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  • Looks like peugeot

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  • ROTI CANAI on Jun 05, 2024 at 4:06 pm

    at this point, remember to bring a barf bag to every bmw launching party

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  • Ford Fiesta ahh front

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  • paanjang16 on Jun 05, 2024 at 6:07 pm

    1 series becoming more like Model 1. More and more controls going into touch screens. Whatever happen to the days where the ultimate driving machine has physical buttons to control stuff. The Germans have lost the plot.

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  • Diam-ler on Jun 05, 2024 at 7:32 pm

    Looks like Honda City hatchback lol

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  • Bmw_owner on Jun 05, 2024 at 9:42 pm

    This is not bmw this is kia

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  • hazri on Jun 06, 2024 at 12:29 am

    the back light inspired by new 3 series headlight. the front, like new 5 series, i dont know what they were thinking. why not just maintain the trademark of eagle eyes. that what differentiate bmw with others. if want to compare this bmw 1 to merc A-class, still have no reason why to buy this rather than A class. even previous gen of A class looks better. no need to buy C class to look classy. imho people will skip this and go to proper bmw 3 series.

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  • I’m 20th century & have been following BMW since 1970, when they sold 1 4 cyl. compact 2 dr. sedan here. Pre-internet, if you didn’t like something you just didn’t buy it, brand loyalty was a thing as well. This century BMW seem to be in the unique position of the more successful they are (record 2023) the more hated, which makes sense since according to their design director they have 20X more “social media followers” than buyer$ annually. Rather than saying anything about BMW, they just embarass themselves comparing them to redundant non-competitors, who else is building 300 bhp. awd. compact 5 door hatch? This is how BMW have been expanding for 60 years, by going into neu niches, & doubled volume this century on Spartanburg X. They have already announced they are remaking themselves again on EV, that should continue this reverse emperor’s new clothes of the more they sell the more they are hated. My only complaint about 1er is it doesn’t come to North America. I follow BMW because I learn from them, looking forward to being internet-free in my next residence, no more “fugly Aztek Fiesta Kia” design criticism.

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  • Oh, & BMW have done this previously, 3rd gen. X5 facelifted 2nd gen., in fact their entire production ’60’s model range was evolution of original 4 cyl. NK 1500, up to & incl. my 6 cyl. E9, which began as ugly duckling 2000 CS. Then came 1 sausage 3 sizes 3/5/6/7 & M & they’ve never looked back.

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