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BMW 1 Series wins 2020 Fleet News Best Compact Premium Car Award

BMW took a risk in developing its latest 1 Series without the brand’s trademark rear-wheel drive layout, but it paid off.

The new model uses front-wheel drive for the first time, allowing for more interior space and a larger boot.

Despite the switch, the 1 Series still offers a class-leading driving experience with sharp steering, a balanced ride and well-weighted controls.

A striking new look ensures the car stands out, with enlarged kidney grilles and distinct LED lighting.

The engine range includes RDE-2-compliant diesels, minimising benefit-in-kind tax for drivers, and efficient three-cylinder petrols.

Performance is impressive, no matter which version you choose.

Inside, the 1 Series shares the same interior layout and quality as the 3 Series. 

It boasts a fully-connected infotainment system, digital instrument cluster and voice-activated digital assistant.

Refinement and build quality take this latest model to the next-level, earning it the trophy in this category.

Finalists: Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Mini Clubman

Highly commended: Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Award sponsored by: Athlon

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