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2009 BMW 1-Series

2008 BMW 3-Series

  2009 BMW 1-Series 128i 2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View
MSRP
$29,400
$32,700
Invoice $27,050 $30,085
MPG
City/Highway
17/28 14/30
Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line Has the 3-Series become too portly, expensive, and upscale? If you think so, the 2009 BMW 1-Series might make you happier. Read Full Review The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans. Read Full Review
Likes &
Dislikes

Likes:

  • Handling and rear-wheel-drive poise
  • Steering sensation
  • Acceleration with twin-turbo
  • Simple, driver-oriented feel

Dislikes:

  • Exterior styling seems abrupt
  • Almost as big and heavy as 3-Series
  • Optional iDrive interface
  • Still not very affordable

Likes:

  • Responsive, smooth, and refined
  • Firm but absorbent ride
  • Nice, supportive front seats

Dislikes:

  • Controls not as straightforward as they could be
  • Wide center console and narrow footwells
  • Backseat space is still too tight for most
Crash Test Ratings No crash data available
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