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2017 BMW 1 Series on sale in Australia Q4, 250kW M140i added

July 21, 2016

BMW Australia has announced pricing details for the facelifted 2016-2017 BMW 1 Series, bringing more power for most models and improved economy.

2016 BMW 125i

Starting out the changes is the new 120i. It comes with a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder now producing 135kW and 270Nm (up 5kW). This means the 0-100km/h time is cut from 7.2 seconds to 7.1.

Fuel economy has suffered slightly from the increase in performance. The average consumption is increased from 5.7L/100km to 5.8L/100km. It still remains a very efficient yet quick little hatch.

Next up, the 125i update receives a tweaked version of the same 2.0-litre engine as above. Power is lifted from 160kW to 165kW, with 310Nm of torque. This enables the hatch to cover 0-100km/h in just 6.1 seconds (from 6.2). Remarkably, fuel economy improves too, from 6.5L/100km to just 5.9L/100km on the combined cycle.

LED fog lights are now standard on the 125i, along with 18-inch M Sport alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, variable sports steering, and either an eight-speed auto or six-speed manual at no extra cost.

Sitting at the top of the range is the new M140i, replacing the M135i. This little beast comes with a 3.0-litre inline six turbo. Power is lifted from 240kW to an impressive 250kW, while torque is raised from 450Nm to a meaty 500Nm. As a result, 0-100km/h comes up in just 4.6 seconds (down from 4.9). It can be had with an eight-speed auto or six-speed manual.

Fuel economy is also improved for the M140i, dropping from 7.5L/100km to just 7.1L/100km. Meanwhile, the standard features list has been enhanced with a 12-speaker harman/kardon sound system, leather seats with heating in the front, along with the Professional grade LCD interface with sat-nav and digital radio.

The 1 Series remains as one of the most affordable premium hatches on the market and certainly the only rear-wheel drive option. The range arrives in Australia during the fourth quarter of this year. Prices exclude on-road costs.

2017 BMW 118i – $36,900 (no change)
2017 BMW 120i – $41,900 (no change)
2017 BMW 125i – $48,900 (no change)
2017 BMW M140i – $64,900 (up $2000)

Current 125i shown

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.