BMW 1 Series E81, E87 (2003-2012) – batteries


BMW 1 Series in version E81, E87 was produced in the years 2003 – 2012. We invite you to a list of batteries matching individual engine versions.

Basic parameters of batteries suitable for BMW 1 Series (2003-2012):

LayoutTerminal typesBase hold-down
0 – positive on the right side1B13

BMW 1 Series E81, E87 – petrol engines:
  • 116 i

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S4S40 0252 Ah470 A207x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S5S50 0254 Ah530 A207x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB50050 Ah450 A207x175x190 mmB13More
Exide PremiumEA53053 Ah540 A207x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords StandardHCB 01252 Ah450 A207x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Blue DynamicC2252 Ah470 A207x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Silver DynamicC3054 Ah530 A207x175x190 mmB13More
For the BMW 1 Series with a 116 i gasoline engine, we choose batteries with dimensions of 207x175x190 mm, whose capacity exceeds 47 Ah. The weakest of these is the battery Exide Excell EB500 which capacity is 50 Ah and Cold Cranking Amps is 450 A. The most powerful battery is Varta Silver Dynamic C30 of a capacity 54Ah and Cold Cranking Amps: 530 A. All batteries compatible with the 116 i engine have a B13 mount.

BMW 1 Series E81, E87 – petrol engines:
  • 118 i
  • 120 i

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S4S40 0560 Ah540 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S5S50 0563 Ah610 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB62062 Ah540 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Exide PremiumEA64064 Ah640 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords StandardHCB 02762 Ah550 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Lucas SupremeLS02765 Ah640 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Blue DynamicD2460 Ah540 A242x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Silver DynamicD1563 Ah610 A242x175x190 mmB13More
For BMW 1 Series with 118 i or 120 i petrol engines, we use batteries measuring 242x175x190 mm and with a capacity exceeding 59 Ah (ampere-hours). The weakest of these is the battery Bosch S4 S40 05 which capacity is 60 Ah and Cold Cranking Amps is 540 A. The most powerful battery is Lucas Supreme LS027 of a capacity 65Ah and Cold Cranking Amps: 640 A. All of the above motors have a base hold-down B13.

BMW 1 Series E81, E87 – petrol engines:
  • 130 i

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S4S40 0874 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Bosch S5S50 0877 Ah780 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB74074 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Exide PremiumEA77077 Ah760 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords StandardHCB 09676 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Lucas PremiumLP09675 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13
Lucas SupremeLS09678 Ah780 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Blue DynamicE1174 Ah680 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Silver DynamicE4477 Ah780 A278x175x190 mmB13More
For the BMW 1 Series with a 130 i gasoline engine, we choose batteries with dimensions of 276x175x190 mm or 278x175x190 mm, whose capacity exceeds 71 Ah. The weakest of these is the battery Bosch S4 S40 08 which capacity is 74 Ah and Cold Cranking Amps is 680 A. The most powerful battery is Lucas Supreme LS096 of a capacity 78Ah and Cold Cranking Amps: 780 A. All batteries compatible with the 130 i engine have a B13 mount.

BMW 1 Series E81, E87 – petrol engines:
  • 116 i – with Start-Stop system
  • 118 i – with Start-Stop system
  • 120 i – with Start-Stop system
  • 130 i – with Start-Stop system

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S5 AGMS5A 0870 Ah760 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Exide AGMEK70070 Ah760 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Exide AGMEK72072 Ah760 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords StandardAGM 09670 Ah720 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords AdvancedAGM 09670 Ah760 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Lucas Fusion AGMLF09670 Ah760 A278x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Silver Dynamic AGME3970 Ah760 A278x175x190 mmB13More
The BMW 1 Series gasoline engines mentioned above are equipped with a Start-Stop system, and in this case, it means there is a need to use batteries produced using AGM technology. Matching batteries have dimensions 278x175x190 mm. The parameters of these batteries are at least 70 Ah of a capacity and 720 A CCA (Cold Cranking Amps). The base hold-down of the above batteries is B13.

BMW 1 Series E81, E87 – diesel engines:
  • 116 d
  • 118 d
  • 120 d

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S4S40 1080 Ah740 A315x175x175 mmB13More
Bosch S5S50 1085 Ah800 A315x175x175 mmB13More
Exide ExcellEB80280 Ah700 A315x175x175 mmB13More
Exide PremiumEA85285 Ah800 A315x175x175 mmB13More
Halfords StandardHCB 11080 Ah760 A315x175x175 mmB13More
Varta Blue DynamicF1780 Ah740 A315x175x175 mmB13More
Varta Silver DynamicF1885 Ah800 A315x175x175 mmB13More
The three above-mentioned diesel engines, namely 116 d, 118 d and 120 d, should be paired with batteries sized 315x175x175 mm with a capacity of at least 77 Ah. The most basic battery of this set is Exide Excell EB802 of a capacity 80Ah and 700A Cold Cranking Amps, the battery with the biggest capacity is Varta Silver Dynamic F18 of a capacity 85 Ah, having 800A Cold Cranking Amps. All of the above motors have a base hold-down B13.

BMW 1 Series E81, E87 – diesel engines:
  • 116 d – with Start-Stop system
  • 118 d – with Start-Stop system
  • 120 d – with Start-Stop system
  • 123 d – with Start-Stop system

Brand and seriesModelCapacityCold Cranking AmpsDimensions (LxWxH)Base Hold-DownPrice
Bosch S5 AGMS5A 1180 Ah800 A315x175x190 mmB13More
Exide AGMEK80080 Ah800 A315x175x190 mmB13More
Exide AGMEK82082 Ah800 A315x175x190 mmB13More
Halfords AdvancedAGM 11580 Ah800 A317x175x190 mmB13More
Lucas Fusion AGMLF11580 Ah800 A315x175x190 mmB13More
Varta Silver Dynamic AGMF2180 Ah800 A315x175x190 mmB13More
The diesel engines of the BMW 1 Series listed above have a Start-Stop system, and in this case, this means that we must use batteries produced in AGM technology. Dimensions of matching batteries differ slightly depending on the manufacturer and are 315x175x190 mm or 317x175x190 mm. The parameters of these batteries are at least 80 Ah of a capacity and 800 A CCA (Cold Cranking Amps). All of the above motors have a base hold-down B13.
If you’re still unsure which battery fits your BMW 1 Series , or if you want to help others in their selection, please send us a photo of your current battery in the comment section at the bottom of the page. You can also send the picture to contact@whatbattery.co.uk (we will place it in the comments to also help other users). Be sure to specify the car model, year, type, as well as the engine capacity and power. We’ll do our best to assist you!

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