The 1 series is currently launching here in South Africa and I was invited to the launch yesterday.
BMW really know how to do things properly.
On arrival not a 1 series in sight.
Entered the theatre for the presentation which took 20 minutes and when we walked back outside there stood 60 1 series all neatly lined up for us to drive.
They were the 120i mainly manual but some steptronic.
I drove to the local race track where we did some slalom work, emergency lane changes and other interesting stuff after which we returned back to the theatre. Total distance travelled was about 120km or 70 miles.

The car is superb and handles extremely well.

Any questions fire away, I am no expert but will try and answer them.