10 August 2004

The BMW 1-series is just weeks away from bringing a completely different driver-centric option to conventional hatchback buyers, and extending BMW's unique propeller-nosed appeal to more than ever before. This week, Autocar tests the only cars that can match its brand new blend of rear-wheel drive appeal and hatchback usability - its rangemates.

We've driven every car in Munich's new range, back to back, on UK roads. With a careful eye on value, performance, and ownership prospects, and taking into account every engine, trim level, option - even shade of paint - we deliver the conclusive verdict on the One you'll want.

Whether you've been mulling over a 116i, scratching your head over a 120i, inwardly debating the relative merits of a 118d or 120d oil-burners - or simply assessing the threat they pose to the residual values of your A3 - this exclusive comparison is essential reading. And if you could end up driving your own BMW baby, these could be the most useful eight pages you read all year. Find out which is the best One in Autocar this week.

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