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DoneDeal of the Week: This BMW 1 Series is a cracking little family hatch

But if you need more space we have another BMW for you.

Image: Cathal O Brien Motors Ltd

LOOKING FOR A great family hatchback that is enjoyable to drive? Then this BMW 1 Series five-door hatchback for €11,500 could be the car for you.

The BMW 1 Series is a cracking little car. It is rear-wheel drive, is nice and balanced whilst cornering and it steers quite accurately too.

The steering is light and this 118d version has plenty of punch. It is in great condition and is finished in metallic paint with alloy wheels.

Source: Cathal O Brien Motors Ltd

Features include ABS, cruise control, electric mirrors and windows, fog lamps, immobiliser, rain sensors, a multi-function steering wheel, traction control, and Bluetooth. It is history and finance checked and comes with a six-month warranty.

Source: Cathal O Brien Motors Ltd

The 1 Series is a comfortable car and quite cheap to run. That said, it can be a little cramped in the back and the boot isn’t that big.

Source: Cathal O Brien Motors Ltd

BMW 3 Series

Looking for a car that is a bit bigger and heftier, but still a BMW? Then this 3 Series five-door estate in SE trim for €11,950 could be the car for you.

Source: Enda McCarrick Cars Ltd

Like the 1 Series above it is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine and has a manual transmission but it is one year younger than the 1 Series and it has fewer kilometres on the clock.

Source: Enda McCarrick Cars Ltd

The BMW 3 Series has been around since the mid 1970s and it is a great executive car. It has a good image and offers great performance and driving dynamics. The steering is more comfortably weighted compared to the 1 Series but its body control isn’t as good as the smaller 1 Series.

Source: Enda McCarrick Cars Ltd

This particular model is finished in space grey metallic paint with grey cloth upholstery. It has auto air conditioning, a leather multi-function steering wheel, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking sensors and 17-inch alloy wheels. It has a full service history and comes with a one-year warranty.

Source: Enda McCarrick Cars Ltd

So, if you do a lot of city driving, have a small family and don’t carry lots of cargo then the smaller hatchback BMW 1 Series is a good choice for you. However, if you have older children, need more space or do long commutes then the large estate 3 Series may be a better choice.

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