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Used BMW 1 Series for Sale

A Used BMW 1 Series for Sale at Group 1 is the perfect introduction to just how dynamic and exclusive the BMW brand is. These exciting hatchbacks offer a sporty approach to driving that is powered by a legendary range of BMW engines that include both petrol and diesel options. When it comes to looks the 1 Series BMW is also a head turner of note, and no matter its age or trim level, you are guaranteed to attract all of the right attention no matter where you go in a Used 1 Series BMW.

A BMW 1 Series For Every Occasion

With two generations of Used BMW 1 Series vehicles to choose from and 10 trim levels to enjoy, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better range of German built subcompact executive cars in South Africa.

No matter if you’re taking a casual cruise to drop the kids off at school or zipping down the open road for a weekend away the 1 Series can get you to almost any destination in South Africa that your heart desires. Not only is it sporty, but it is surprisingly agile in even the tightest of urban roads. It also boasts some of the best safety, connectivity, comfort and convenience features in its class, with intelligent driving systems across the entire range. BMW 1 Series Trim Levels in South Africa include all of the following models, all of which are regularly available on our Group 1 Used Vehicle Showroom floors thanks to their extreme popularity:

  • BMW 116i
  • BMW 118i
  • BMW 120i
  • BMW 125i
  • BMW 114d
  • BMW 116d
  • BMW 125d
  • BMW M140i/M140i xDrive
  • BMW 118d/118d xDrive
  • BMW 120d/120d xDrive

BMW 1 Series – The Intelligent Choice!

Current 2nd Generation BMW 1 Series
2011 – Current

The second generation of the BMW 1 Series was released in 2011 and has played a major part in the ongoing growth of the BMW brand in South Africa. Available as both a 3-door hatchback and a 5-door hatchback, it is a vehicle that not only makes an impression on the road, but also on those who drive it. With a sporty design and dynamic driving characteristics, the 1 Series BMW is fun on the roads, a pleasure in the city and safe for the family.

Initially the 1 Series in South Africa was powered by one of two engine options, namely the four-cylinder petrol and four-cylinder diesel engines; however since 2015 a six-cylinder petrol engine and three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines have been made available in South Africa as well. It is important to note that this generation of the 1 Series BMW is the first to include an all-wheel drive BMW xDrive version.

Did You Know? With the launch of the updated second generation BMW 1 Series in 2013, the coupé and convertible models that were available in the first generation and early second generation have been rebadged as the BMW 2 Series. It is therefore important to note that these body styles are no longer part of the current range. However the 3 and 5-door body options in the New Series 1 BMW Range, combined with BMW’s distinctive styling and up to 10 different Series 1 trim levels, ensures that these hatchbacks remain one of the most popular BMW’s on South African roads today.

2nd Generation BMW 1 Series at a Glance

Power Train


  • BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder petrol engine
  • BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine
  • M Performance TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder petrol engine
  • BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder diesel engine
  • BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder diesel engine
  • BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder diesel engine


  • 6-speed manual
  • 8-speed automatic

Vehicle Class

  • Subcompact executive

Assembly Plant

  • Leipzig, Germany
  • Regensburg, Germany
  • Araquari, Brazil
  • Chenyang, China
  • Chennai, India
  • Kulim, Malaysia
  • Rayong, Thailand

Body Style

  • 3-door hatchback
  • 5-door hatchback


  • 2,690 mm

1st Generation BMW 1 Series
2004 – 2013

The first generation BMW 1 Series range is a small hatchback, coupe and convertible car that was first launched in 2004 and made a name for itself as the least expensive vehicle in the BMW range in South Africa. It was available 4 different body layouts, namely the:

  • BMW 1 Series 3-door hatchback
  • BMW 1 Series 5-door hatchback
  • BMW 2-door coupe
  • BMW 2-door convertible

The first generation Series 1 BMW’s received facelifts and model updates in 2007 and 2011. It is interesting to note that in 2008 the 1 series BMW 118d was awarded the “World Green Car Award”, for CO2 levels that were similar to those of the eco-friendly Toyota Prius.

Did You Know? This generation of the BMW Series 1 was the first to include a “proof of concept” BMW ActiveE as a demonstration electric car. Subsequently 1,100 of these Series 1 EV’s were manufactured to full production standards and were sold and tested in the USA and China. The results of these tests form the basis of what is todays BMW Electric Drive used in the BMW i3.

1st Generation BMW 1 Series at a Glance

Power Train


  • BMW N45 petrol engine
  • BMW N43 petrol engine
  • BMW N46 petrol engine
  • BMW N52 petrol engine
  • BMW N54 Turbo petrol engine
  • BMW N55 Turbo petrol engine
  • BMW N47D20 I4 turbo diesel engine


  • 6-speed manual
  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic
  • 7-speed DCT

Vehicle Class

  • C-Class Compact

Assembly Plant

  • Leipzig, Germany
  • Regensburg, Germany

Body Style

  • 2-door coupe
  • 2-door convertible
  • 3-door hatchback
  • 5-door hatchback


  • 2,660 mm

BMW 1 Series FAQ’s

To assist you in making the right Used BMW 1 Series purchase choices we have included a number of the most Frequently Asked BMW 1 Series Questions asked of our staff below. If you have any other Used 1 Series BMW queries that are not answered on this page, then please feel free to contact us at one of our Group 1 Used Vehicle Showrooms in Gauteng, the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.

Q: Is the 1 Series only available as a hatchback?
A: Although the latest 2017 BMW 1 Series, 2016 BMW 1 Series, 2015 BMW 1 Series and 2014 BMW 1 Series are only available as hatchbacks there are older models that predate 2013 which include coupé and convertible models.

Q: Is there a petrol and a diesel BMW 1 Series engine option?
A: Yes there is! In fact, almost all BMW vehicles sold in South Africa come with petrol or diesel engine options.

Q: Is there an all-wheel-drive version of the BMW 1 Series available?
A: There is not just one, but 3 all-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series options to chooses from, including 1 petrol driven option and 2 diesel options. All three use BMW’s xDrive which provides a variable torque split between the front and rear axles.

Q: What is the top of the range BMW 1 Series?
A: The BMW 1 Series Edition M Sport Shadow with 8-speed Automatic Steptronic Transmission is the top of the current 1 Series Range in South Africa. This powerful vehicle includes exclusive interior and exterior features that are not available in other trim levels.

Used BMW 1 Series Prices

All of the Used BMW 1 Series Prices on this site are calculated according to the age, trim level, mileage and condition of the vehicle in question. Every vehicle that we sell has been thoroughly checked by our team of experienced automotive technicians before being made available to purchase on our showroom floor. This means that no matter what the Price of a Used BMW 1 Series, you are always guaranteed to drive away in a quality used vehicle.

Please Note! You can now take advantage of our competitive Used Series 1 BMW Prices anywhere in South Africa thanks to our nationwide vehicle delivery service. There will however be a small delivery charge added to the price of the vehicle you purchase depending on where in the country you are. Chat to one of our Group 1 Sales team to find out more!

Used BMW 1 Series in the Western Cape

With 3 Group 1 Used Vehicle Showrooms to choose from in the Western Cape, you can test drive a Used BMW 1 Series in Cape Town or on the Garden Route at:

Group 1 in Kuils River
Tel: 021 900 5200

Group 1 in Stellenbosch
Tel: 021 887 6900

Group 1 in Knysna
Tel: 044 302 2600

Used BMW 1 Series in Gauteng

Get behind the wheel of a Used BMW 1 Series in Johannesburg at one of two Gauteng based Group 1 Used Vehicle Showrooms:

Group 1 at The Glen
Tel: 010 593 4393

Group 1 in Midrand
Tel: 011 312 2678

Used BMW 1 Series in the Eastern Cape

Find affordable Used BMW 1 Series for Sale in the Eastern Cape at our Used Vehicle Showrooms in P.E. and Uitenhage:

Group 1 in Port Elizabeth
Tel: 041 994 1800

Group 1 in Uitenhage
Tel: 041 994 1800

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