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New BMW 1 Series 2020 pricing and specs detailed: Mercedes-Benz A-Class rival increases in cost

Since its launch six months ago, the M135i has increased in price by $5000.

BMW Australia has significantly upped the pricing of the third-generation 1 Series small hatch six months after its launch.

The entry-level 118i has risen $3000, to $45,990 plus on-road costs, while the flagship M135i has jumped $4000, to $68,990. For reference, the latter receive its first adjustment (+$1000) in February.

A BMW Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide no changes have been made to standard specification, as the company “constantly reviews its pricing structure, factoring in the exchange rate, inflation and changes to material costs”.

As such, the 118i is still motivated by a 103kW/220Nm 1.5-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine, while the M135i is powered by a 225kW/450Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit.

The former is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, while the latter uses an eight-speed torque-converter unit and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

For reference, the 1 Series rivals hatch versions of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3.

2020 BMW 1 Series pricing before on-road costs

VariantTransmissionCost
118iautomatic$45,990 (+$3000)
M135iautomatic$68,990 (+$4000)