The 116d EfficientDynamics Plus doesn’t look like the best-value option among its peers at list price, but that matters little.
Our sources suggest that it’ll retain value as well as a like-for-like Mercedes-Benz A-Class and be as cheap on contract hire as any of its immediate competition. The breadth of the lowest emissions band for company car tax means that BMW’s three-cylinder engine actually buys the car little advantage where you might expect it to – but simply being competitive on that front is good enough.
The better news is that you need to add much less to the 1 Series by way of options than once was the case in order to bring it up to a competitive standard on equipment.
Automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights and wipers, keyless ignition, heated door mirrors, tyre pressure monitors, rear parking sensors, cruise control, a BMW Professional-spec radio with DAB and an iDrive multimedia system with 6.5in control display and sat-nav all come as standard.
The EfficientDynamics factor limits your options a bit. Avoid the optional wheels if you want to keep your tax bill down, while BMW's 'dakota' leather (£1150) and the Professional Media pack (£1295) are worth the money for private buyers.