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This Coupe range cherry-picks only the very finest en­gines from the 1 Se­ries hatch­back line-up.

So petrol peo­ple choose be­tween the 170bhp 120i, the 218bhp 125i, the 306bhp 135i and the 337bhp M Coupe.

Diesel driv­ers, mean­while, choose be­tween three ver­sions of ba­si­cally the same 2.0-litre en­gine, the 143bhp 118d, the 177bhp 120d and the twin-turbo 204bhp 123d.

Think twice about opt­ing away from the sweet-shift­ing six-speed man­ual gear­box you'll find across the range, but if you must have an au­to­matic, then BMW of­fers a su­perb op­tion in the 1 Se­ries.

BMW is a com­pany that's acutely aware of its her­itage but also one that's not afraid to break with tra­di­tion if it's deemed to be in the in­ter­est of the prod­ucts. And this im­proved 1 Se­ries Coupe has some­thing of the old and the new about it.

The “old” as­pect is some­thing BMW should never mess with, a ba­sic ethos that de­fines ex­actly why this car is so good to drive.

Few ex­pected the 1 Se­ries Coupe to grad­u­ally morph into BMW's finest driver's car.

It has a bal­ance and wield­i­ness to it that makes it feel wholly on your side.

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