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2010 BMW 1-Series

2010 BMW 3-Series

  2010 BMW 1-Series 2-door Convertible 135i Angular Front Exterior View 2010 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sedan 328i RWD Angular Front Exterior View
Invoice $26,820 $30,500
17/28 16/36
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Bottom Line Has the 3-Series become too portly, expensive, and upscale? If you think so, the 2010 BMW 1-Series might make you happier. However, keep in mind that not everyone's a fan of the appearance, and iDrive is still lacking. Read Full Review The 2010 BMW 3-Series upholds its legacy of superb handling, excellent performance, and high quality, though small rear seats and fussy controls are minor flaws. Read Full Review
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  • Acceleration (135i)
  • Handling and rear-wheel-drive poise
  • Excellent steering
  • Simple, driver-oriented feel


  • Not very comfortable
  • Not as attractive as BMW's other cars
  • Almost as big and heavy as a 3-Series
  • Optional iDrive interface needs improvement


  • Superb six-cylinder engines
  • Intuitive handling
  • Comfortable, functional interior
  • Active and passive safety features
  • Fuel-efficient smaller engines


  • Prices soar quickly with options
  • Clutch can be tricky on manual
  • iDrive system is complex, fussy
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