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BMW 1 Series Car Lease

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As premium family hatchbacks go, there’s little to beat the BMW 1 Series lease. Introduced in 2004 and now in its third generation, the 1 Series has undergone a real transformation. BMW has ditched its famous rear-wheel drive setup in favour of the front- or four-wheel drive of all its main rivals, making the 1 Series more spacious and practical than before in one fell swoop.

The 2019 1 Series rides on a new UKL2 front-wheel-drive platform which is shared with the BMW X1 and MINI Countryman. You can see its influence from outside, because despite the new 1 Series being a similar size overall to its predecessor, its bonnet is now shorter to maximise passenger space. It also sports BMW's enlarged kidney grilles and the popular M Sport trim looks suitably racy, thanks to 18-inch wheels and a high-gloss black exterior trim.

Its interior is still one of the best in its class, with a dashboard angled towards the driver, smart materials and an expensive, sporty look. Its front seats feel great too, especially in the M Sport trim with Dakota leather seats. Plus, there are neat touches like a backlit trim dotted around the interior. Range-entry SE versions get an 8.8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, while top versions get a digital instrument panel and a 10.25-inch central display.

Space up front is fairly similar, albeit with slightly more shoulder room, but it's legroom in the back that gets the biggest boost. With five doors as standard and more space, it's a lot more practical for passengers and child seats. Boot size has increased by 20 litres to 380, exactly matching the rival Volkswagen Golf hatchback.

On the road, most drivers are unaware of the 1 Series' switch to front-wheel drive. But it is one of the very best cars in its class to drive. It has a natural balance in corners, excellent engines and a choice of a smooth eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox.

This is a car that's as refined and comfortable as it is composed, feeling a lot like the BMW 3 Series from behind the wheel.

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