BMW’s revised 1 Series is easier to spot from the back than it is at the front, by dint of a facelift whose biggest single styling change is the adoption of L-shaped LED tail-light clusters.
The premium car firm also claims a fairly extensive redesign to the surrounding sheet metal at the rear, with some sharper horizontal creases to emphasise width and new reflectors mounted in the bumper that are intended to do the same.
Up front, there are new headlights, larger chrome-set kidney grilles and larger air intakes in the lower valance. It’s a fairly subtle facelift design-wise, but from a premium brand out to protect residual values, this is understandable. More importantly, most of our testers marked it as a worthwhile improvement.
The EfficientDynamics version, meanwhile, gets active aerodynamic flaps behind those kidney grilles in order to speed engine warm-up, while specially shaped vertical grille bars prevent excessive air pressure from building inside the engine bay, where it would otherwise add unnecessarily to the car’s drag. The front of the 1 Series is also better sealed against air ingress, contributing to an impressively low drag coefficient of 0.29.