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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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BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs BMW M3
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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
BMW 1 Series M Sport : Car Review
http://newcarnet.tv The 1 series has always been one of the more
controversial members of the BMW range. From the launch of this rather
unique five-door hatchback in 2004, the range has grown significantly, so
that now -- on the eve of its replacement -- there's also a two-door coupe,
a full convertible, and this, the three-door hatchback.
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One of the things I used to admire about BMW was the focus shown by its
designers and engineers. They were the snipers of the car industry, lying
in wait while the enemy blundered about with smoking tanks and faulty
machineguns, and then, boomf, delivering a killer shot that never missed.
Once the company had stopped fiddling about with three-wheelers and
converted post office vans, it developed a recipe that served it well for
nigh on 30 years. All its cars had double headlamps at the front, a
straight-six engine in the middle, and rear-wheel drive at the back.
There were, in essence, three body styles, five engines and a range of
options, so the customer could indulge in a spot of pick'n'mix.
You could have a small car with a big engine and no equipment. Or you could
have a large car with a small engine and electric everything. But whatever
you chose there was a rightness to the feel of the thing. A sense that the
company had put driving pleasure above everything else.
Then it did a Coca-Cola. The sniper decided he didn't want to be a sniper
any more and changed the damn recipe. So we ended up with four-wheel-drive
cars that were made in America, and two-seater convertibles, and a wide
range of diesel engines. And then it put a chap called Chris Bangle in
charge of design.
Before Bangle, most BMWs adhered to the same set of rules. They had a
lean-forward shark's nose, they had the double-kidney grille, they had grey
paint and then there was that little kink on the rear pillar. It's called
the Hofmeister kink, after the man who invented it, and it gives the car an
aggressive, lean-forward stance.
Now, though, all of these design cues have been lost in a sea of planes and
creases that probably play well in design circles. But in the real world
they don't look modern or sharp. They look daft.
Still, at least the BMW badge continued to count for something. Apart from
dipping their toe into the mass market with the truly awful 3-series
Compact, Beemers were always a cut above norm. They were what you bought to
demonstrate that life was treating you well.
Only now, with the launch of the 1-series, this last bastion of BMWishness
has gone. Because the 1-series, like a Focus or an Astra or a Golf, is a
five-door family hatchback.
For now, of course, this is great. It means a large number of people who
could never afford a BMW in the past can put that blue and white badge on
their drive. The neighbours will be impressed. The curtains will twitch.
Men will offer their daughters to your sons.
But how long will it be, I wonder, before the 1-series does for BMW what
Freddie Laker did for air travel? Turns something glamorous and exciting
into a "win free save!" orgy of packaged mass transportation.
In the early Seventies, if you went to Florida for your holidays you were
seen as pretty cool. But now you're seen as a rather stupid oik.
The 1-series will be the ruination of the BMW brand. Of that I have no
doubt. But at the moment, despite the lost vision and the appointment of
Bangle, that ruination has not yet got into its stride. For now you can
still buy a Beemer and survive the experience with your dignity intact. The
question is, should you? And to answer that, we have to work out if the
1-series is any good.
The advertisements tell us, endlessly, that unlike any other family
hatchback on the market it has rear-wheel drive. And that's great.
Rear-wheel drive is a significant part of BMW's DNA.
In a front-wheel-drive car the front wheels have to deal with the steering
and the delivery of the engine's power to the road. It's a tough job and in
most cases, for the purist at least, the end result is deeply unsatisfying.
With rear-wheel drive the back wheels do the power delivery, leaving those
at the front to get on with steering. It's a much more expensive option but
the result is balance. And balance is a building block on which something
spectacular can be created.