During its time on the new car market, the 1 Series held the distinction of being the smallest offering in the BMW lineup. This petite luxury car offers thrilling performance, and it’s one of the most fun-to-drive picks in its class.
The 1 Series made its U.S. debut with the 2008 model. It had a fairly short run, and it was discontinued after the 2013 model year. The 1 Series is several inches shorter than its closest sibling, the 3 Series, so it’s not geared toward utility. Instead, this car sets its sights on providing memorable handling.
BMW’s 1 Series is a subcompact entry-level luxury car that seats four passengers. It’s available in coupe and convertible body styles. Power is sent to the rear wheels, and both manual and automatic transmissions were offered when it was new.
The 1 Series’ exterior design will be familiar to anyone who’s ever laid eyes on a modern BMW. The front fascia features flame-shaped headlights and the brand’s signature kidney grille. Certain design elements, like the tiny greenhouse, make the 1 Series a polarizing choice for some.
Within its cabin, the 1 Series presents a reasonably attractive environment. The front seats will be comfortable for all but the largest passengers. Rear-seat accommodations are tight, but this is not unusual for coupes and convertibles in this class. With both body styles, trunk space is limited.
This car’s main draw is its stellar handling. The 1 Series is quick and nimble on winding roads, offering performance that befits a vehicle made by the storied BMW marque. And despite its athleticism, this model provides a ride quality that’s comfortable enough to make it a pleasant daily driver.
Base models come with exterior features such as automatic headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The list of standard interior amenities includes simulated leather upholstery and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. When it comes to optional equipment, adaptive xenon headlights, satellite radio and keyless entry and ignition are available.
Though it was never redesigned, the 1 Series got a few upgrades over the years. With the 2009 model, BMW’s fourth-generation iDrive system was included with the car’s optional navigation system. In 2010, HD radio was added as standard equipment, and automatic high beams joined the list of options.
For the 2011 model year, the 1 Series added a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as optional equipment, and it welcomed a new turbocharged engine. In 2012, the car got some minor upgrades to its cabin and front fascia.
The 1 Series is typically cross-shopped against small luxury cars like the Audi A3, Volvo C30 and Lexus CT Hybrid. Rewarding driving dynamics make the BMW 1 Series the enthusiast’s choice.
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