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2009 BMW 1-Series vs. Its Competition

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2009 BMW 1-Series 128i
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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 between these two.

A more realistic competitor is the V-6-powered Infiniti G37 Coupe, although the G37 is not offered as a convertible.

Those looking for a track-worthy car that has head-turning potential and a truly unique driving experience might consider the RX8, though this little Mazda isn’t that practical or fuel-efficient.

Finally, a 135i Coupe roughly aligns in price with a 328i Coupe—it’s worth considering whether you'd trade a more comfortable driving experience and better styling overall for less power.

2009 BMW 1-Series 128i2009 BMW 1-Series2009 Mazda RX-8 Sport2009 Mazda RX-82008 BMW 3-Series 2-door Convertible 328i Side Exterior View2008 BMW 3-Series2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe 2-door Sport Side Exterior View2008 INFINITI G37 Coupe
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Has the 3-Series become too portly, expensive, and upscale? If you think so, the 2009 BMW 1-Series might make you happier.
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If you want a sprightly, track-ready sports coupe with head-turning looks and a little extra space, the 2009 Mazda RX-8 will put a smile on your face.
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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.
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The Infiniti G37 Coupe is the best-selling coupe in the segment for a number of good reasons: it’s incredibly fast and handles well, and it’s good-looking in a well-heeled way.
MSRP From   
$29,400Browse Used Listings$26,435Browse Used Listings$32,700Browse Used Listings$34,900Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I6Gas RotaryGas I6Gas V6
EPA Class   
SubcompactSub-compactCompactCompact
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV4-Door Coupe Manual Sport4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV2-Door Base
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4454
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door Coupe4 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
ManualManual w/ODManualAutomatic w/OD
 
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