USED CAR ROAD TEST: BMW 1 SERIES COUPE
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.