BMW 1 Series tyres

The launch of the 1 Series was a move into small car waters hitherto unchartered by BMW. It was seized upon by both Jeremy Clarkson and the high-speed-idiot brigade. Feathers were spat and complaints made. For many, making a small hatchback sailed too close to diluting the performance brand of ‘the ultimate driving machine’.

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Yet ‘the poor man’s BMW’ remains as popular as ever. Its agility, practicality and comfort combine with great performance. It shines like a beacon to the many small-car drivers who aspire to a little piece of rear-wheel-drive German engineering and luxury.

Across all engine sizes, the 1 Series is surprisingly economical and cheap to run. With excellent handling and good safety features, it is a popular choice of small but premium family car. To this end, comparing the wet grip levels of the different tyre choices available is the obvious starting point when replacing a worn or damaged tyre on a 1 Series. The most suitable replacement tyres will have high ratings for wet grip clearly displayed on their label. Any such tyre will preserve the car’s safety and performance. Additionally, a good rating for fuel economy is also important to complement these cars’ remarkably thrifty engines.

Like most new BMW models, the 1 Series is factory-fitted with run-flat tyres. It’s important to remember that a run-flat tyre should only be replaced by a tyre with similar run-flat capabilities. etyres supplies and fits run-flat tyres from all major manufacturers to suit every type of 1 Series, including those to suit all driving styles and mileages.

Best-selling brands for the 1 Series with etyres include Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli. All of these are premium tyres and available in run-flat formats to suit this car. Many of these manufacturers produce BMW-specific versions of each tyre, designed to complement each model perfectly. Nexen and Kumho are two middle-market brands whose tyres sell well for the 1 Series and are thus worth considering.

Only a limited number of budget or economy tyres are available in run-flat format. That, and their lack of ‘badge appeal’, goes some way towards explaining their relative unpopularity for fitting to these cars.