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Launched to prove that BMW could build a car to compete with the Volkswagen
Golf, the 1 Series is a car with styling that you'll either love or hate.
It's quite cramped in the rear and the boot is smaller than most rivals,
but cabin quality is good, the driving position excellent and the range of
engines is the very best available. It's the only rear-wheel-drive compact
hatchback available, which means it has more focus on driving fun than its
rivals. Diesel versions are particularly impressive, as they are quick and
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The BMW 1 Series is engaging to drive, thanks to sharp handling and
communicative steering. The diesel engines are refined and frugal, and
residual values are solid.
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The 2011 BMW 1-Series ranks 4 out of 8 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is
based on our analysis of 47 published reviews and test drives of the BMW
1-Series, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The 2011 BMW 1-Series leads the upscale small car class when it comes to
performance. Unfortunately, once you start adding options and features, it
also leads the class when it comes to price.
Upscale small cars are niche vehicles, meant for buyers who don't need a
lot of space or luxury, but who do want excellent driving dynamics and an
upscale feel. For buyers with the cash to spend on a small coupe or
convertible that drives like a sports car, reviewers say that the BMW
1-Series is an excellent choice.
While it's by no means practical, reviewers say the 1-Series lives up to
the BMW name. The Washington Post says it's "the kind of car loved by
people who love driving -- rear-wheel drive, diminutive yet gifted with
power (in this case, 300 horsepower delivered by an
inline six-cylinder engine) and wonderfully agile on surfaces such as
Angola Road [in upstate New York], which twists, turns, dips, disappears
and reappears around curves."
Once the focus is taken off performance, however, the 1-Series stumbles a
bit. Reviewers complain about its cramped interior. Many also dislike the
styling on the 1-Series, calling it misshapen and odd-looking. Its fuel
economy isn't great for a small car, and while its base price is
reasonable, it can quickly climb as you move up from the base trim and
start adding options.
Other Cars to Consider
Despite praising its performance, not all reviewers are on board with the
1-Series. While the base models are affordable (for BMW), the
best-performing higher trims rival the larger BMW 3-Series in price. Plus,
reviewers say that the 3-Series is better looking and more comfortable. If
you're comparing the 1-Series to other upscale small cars, it's a
compelling choice. But, in the grand scheme of things, you may be able to
get more space, better performance and slicker styling by going with the
If you're watching your budget, reviewers say that the Volkswagen GTI
offers a combination of upscale amenities, thrilling performance and
reasonable pricing (it starts at about $5,500 less than the 1-Series) that
leads the class. Plus, the GTI is available with four passenger doors and a
back seat that's useable -- a real contrast to the tiny space in the rear
of the 1-Series. Reviewers also recommend the Audi A3 for its available
all-wheel drive system and well-crafted interior. The A3 is even available
with a diesel engine that gets excellent gas mileage.
Details: 2011 BMW 1-Series
The 2011 BMW 1-Series has two trims: the 128i and 135i. Both are available
as either a coupe or a convertible. Both have a six-cylinder engine, but
the 135i is turbocharged. For 2011,
changes to the 1-Series are slight. The engine in the 135i has been
retuned; while the horsepower rating is the
same, it hits maximum power at a lower rpm. Also new for 2011 is an
available dual-clutch automatic transmission for the 135i.The BMW 1-Series
is an exceptional performer. Reviewers praise BMW for successfully
transplanting the brand's DNA into the 1-Series. Edmunds says, "Under the
hood are the same powerful engine choices as in the marque's more expensive
and larger 3 Series." That said, beware of the 1-Series's fuel economy,
which is well below the competition's. Read More
1-Series Exterior - 7.3 (Good)
Many reviewers describe the BMW 1-Series as a shrunken 3-Series, but as the
Detroit News points out, "Shrinkage is not always good." The styling on
the 1-Series remains a sore spot with reviewers. Read More
1-Series Interior - 6.8 (Mediocre)
The 1-Series is seriously lacking in rear-seat comfort, though it does have
lots of room in the front seats, as well as high-quality materials and
construction. Still, reviewers say that even by small car standards, the
back seat is too tight. Read More
1-Series Safety - NA
The 2011 BMW 1-Series has not been crash tested by either the federal
government or insurance industry, but does provide a comprehensive list of
standard safety features. Read More
1-Series Reliability - NA
The BMW 1-Series comes with BMW's Ultimate Service Warranty for the first
four years or 50,000 miles