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The BMW 1 Series is a small family car produced by the German automaker BMW since 2004, when it replaced the BMW 3 Series Compact range as the smallest and cheapest vehicle (depending on the engine model) in the BMW range. The 1 Series featured a rear-wheel drive chassis, 50:50 weight balance, longitudinally-mounted engine and aluminium multilink suspension. A range of straight-four, straight-six petrol and diesel engines were used. The first generation 1 Series was produced in the following body styles: 3-door hatchback (model code E81), 5-door hatchback (E87), coupe (E82) and 2-door convertible (E88).
The second generation BMW 1 Series range comprises three-door hatchback (model code F21) and five-door hatchback (F20) models. Like its E87 predecessor, it uses a longitudinally-mounted engine, aluminium multi-link suspension and a rear-wheel drive chassis (however, some models are available with all-wheel drive).