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The BMW 1-Series Isn't Completely Ugly Anymore

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And that's a good thing. The current-generation 1-Series (a small hatchback sold in Europe, where I live, for those who don't know) has always been a mixed bag, and one of its biggest faults is the design, in my opinion. Luckily, BMW has now fixed that!

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That's right, they've just introduced the facelifted 2016 model, which brings many exterior changes, some interior improvements, and several new engines to the lineup.

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On the outside, the front fascia has been thoroughly revised, and the rear has also undergone a bit of a nip and tuck. Overall, this new 1-Series looks much more sporty and even somewhat aggressive (especially with the M Sport package) compared to the old one.

The updates to the interior are considerably more minor than those applied to the exterior, with the biggest changes being a new center console and some extra standard features.

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Under the hood is where the magic happens with this 1-Series update. A new 116-horsepower, 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbodiesel engine can be found in the entry-level 120d model (shown here in gray), and the range-topping M135i hatchback gets 6 additional ponies (up to 326 from 320) from its 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder gasoline mill.

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So, they've fixed the styling and they've added some new engines (and lots of power). Hopefully they've also fixed the Attempt To Kill Jeremy Clarkson feature...

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