2010 BMW 1-Series vs. Its Competition

2010 BMW 1-Series 2-door Convertible 135i Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The BMW Group, it can be argued, includes two of the 1-Series' main rivals.

The BMW 3-Series is a little more mature and spacious inside, and its interior now feels a generation ahead in design.

For those looking for driving fun in a compact package, the MINI Cooper S is still a great choice, and it costs much less.

The Ford Mustang coupe and convertible are rivals worth considering, though it's admittedly less refined and sophisticated in feel.

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

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Quick Specs
8.0
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.
8.4
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.
8.8
The Infiniti G37 Coupe and G37 Convertible don't shy from tackling the BMW 3-Series on any front-be it equal performance, better looks, or more lavish interiors.
MSRP From  
$29,150$33,150$36,050
Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I6Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class  
SubcompactCompactSubcompact
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV2-Door Base RWD
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
454
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe
Transmission  
ManualManualAutomatic w/OD