The 1 Series is BMW’s take on a small hatchback and the 118i is the entry point into the range, at $39,990.

The 118i comes standard with the Sport Line package, which adds 16-inch light alloy wheels and LED headlights while in the cabin it brings cloth upholstery sports seats and leather sports steering wheel, high gloss black trim and BMW scuff plates. Other standard features include a 6.5-inch display, with sat nav, reversing camera, six speaker stereo a digital radio and air-conditioning.

Powering the 118i is a three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo-petrol making 100kW of power and 220Nm of torque. It’s the most fuel-efficient petrol engine in the range and uses just 5.2L/100km over a combination of urban and open roads. The transmission is a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic.

The 118i has the maximum five-star ANCAP rating awarded in 2011. Coming standard is AEB (city) with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning.