BMW UK introduce PVM to the all new BMW 1 Series

It is always a good day when we have a visit from BMW UK

A few weeks ago Pendragon Vehicle Management (PVM) had the pleasure of hosting BMW UK and Lodestar here at our Derby based head office. Back on the 9th October, they organised a brilliant Ride and Drive event for all of our Team Members to experience the all new BMW 1 Series.

The day included a very short sit-down session going through the new vehicle with Ian Munro (Key Account Manager Leasing BMW). 

Ian introduced us to some of the key changes that we would see for this new model, some of the standard features and a few of the additional cost options. Following this short session the team were then lead outside for the Ride and Drive portion of the day. 

BMW UK brought along over 8 vehicles for our Team Members to take a look at and experience driving. The vehicles were mainly made up of the BMW 1 Series M Sport (more details below) and they even included one of the previous generation so our Team could really get a good feel for the changes in this new incarnation.

With the help of a professional driving team our Team Members then had the chance to drive the vehicles, test out the tech and swap driver half way round the route. The one exception being the few Team Members who got a little lost along the route. Despite that little hiccup a brilliant time was had by all. 

Below sees a few highlights for this model, a review from one of our Team Members, more photo's and of course an outline of all the key changes. 

BMW 1 Series 118i M Sport

  • CO2 of 121 g/km  
  • BIK at 28%, 
  • 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds

Key vehicle changes for 2019:

  • A switch to front wheel drive
  • Updated colour pallet
  • 3 door option no longer available
  • New grill and larger bonnet due to new engine position
  • Greater space in the back and greater boot capacity
  • BMW personal assistant as standard
  • New top of the range model, the M135i
  • BMW digital Key (this is a cost option)

Equipment includes:

  • 18” M alloy wheels
  • M Aerodynamic body and interior styling
  • M sport suspension
  • BMW personal assistant
  • Sports seats in Dakota leather
  • Heated seats
  • Extended lighting
  • Folding mirrors
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • BMW emergency Call/Online
  • Extended storage
  • 8.8" touchscreen
  • DAB radio, MP3 player and RDS 
  • Cruise control with brake function

BMW 1 Series Review

During the Ride and Drive one of our Customer Relationship Executives Andy had a few words to say about this new incarnation of the BMW 1 Series: 

'Having handed back the keys to my 2-year-old BMW 118i M Sport a fortnight ago, today’s BMW 1 Series roadshow event held at PVM's Derby office gave me the ideal opportunity to test the new '2020' model year version and compare the old and new. The model I took out was the automatic 118d M Sport.

At first viewing the new car looks significantly more aggressive with a noticeably larger grill and new 18" alloy wheels which look stunning. One of the previous minor bug bears with the old version was that the bonnet length felt too long which made pulling out of some junctions difficult. With the new model the engine is now transversely mounted which allows for a shorter bonnet, this is also an effect of the new front wheel drive design configuration.

Moving inside the car noticeable improvements include:

  • Much larger navigation screen (also allowing for touch screen usage)
  • Addition of a rear parking camera
  • Electric parking brake
  • Redesigned centre console with the temp controls a lot easier to operate
  • Phone holder in the lower console (no more balancing phone in the cupholder)
  • Although I didn't open the boot, I'm told this is now also more sizeable which is welcome.

With a premium feel and exciting new looks, the car should prove popular with fleets.'

Andy Palframan - Internal Customer Relationship Executive

If you are considering including the new BMW 1 Series within your fleet, wish to speak to one of our Team or would like to organise a similar event with PVM you can contact us here: