The previous-generation 1 Series wasn’t much loved around the world. Some thought of it as a swine with Bell’s palsy which subsequently earned it the unofficial title of ugliest BMW in the range. The harsh criticisms levelled at its aesthetics stung the BMW design team who subsequently carried out a complete visual refresh to make amends. Now that its facade won’t scare away any would-be buyers can it finally get the credit it deserves as a hot hatch contender? It is after all the only rear-drive hatchback in the segment with pure, uncorrupted steering and impressive handling manners to boot. What’s not to like?