In a shape that exudes contemporary BMW styling, the 2008 BMW 1-Series offers room for four and a bit of luggage.
Compared to the svelte 3-Series, the 1-Series looks a bit stubby, but it gets the job done.
Beyond the more expensive 3-Series, there aren't many direct model-per-model competitors to the 1-Series.
In terms of body styles (2+2 coupe and convertible), the Ford Mustang GT comes closest, but because of its domestic roots, we doubt there will be much cross-shopping going on between these two.
A more realistic competitor is the V-6-powered Infiniti G37 Coupe, although the G37 is not offered as a convertible.
The converse is true about the sporty Honda S2000, although it is a strict two-seater powered by a high-revving four-cylinder.
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|2008 BMW 1-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2009 Mazda RX-8Browse Used Listings||2008 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda S2000Browse Used Listings||2008 INFINITI G37 CoupeBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Gas Rotary||Gas I6||Gas I4||Gas V6|
|2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV||4-Door Coupe Manual Sport||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||2-Door Convertible||2-Door Base|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||4 Door Coupe||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Convertible||2 Door Coupe|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual||Automatic w/OD|