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2011 BMW 1-Series vs. Its Competition

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2011 BMW 1-Series 2-door Convertible 135i Angular Front Exterior View
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If you want a luxurious yet still affordable convertible, the Lexus IS C offers as much or more style than the BMW alternative, but without the driver-focused dynamics.

There is no coupe version of the Lexus IS, either.

Porsche's Boxster and Cayman truly occupy the next tier up both in terms of luxury and performance, but they do offer a reasonable, if premium, alternative to the 1-Series.

Audi's A3 is perhaps the most direct competitor the 1-Series faces here in the United States, but again, its five-door hatchback form factor places it in a slightly different class.

In terms of fit, finish, price, and handling, however, the Audi is a very close rival to the BMW 1-Series.

Infiniti's G37 Coupe hits a bit of a different note, with more performance and slightly less luxurious accommodations, but it's worth considering if you're seeking a fast, stylish, and comfortable two-door.

2011 BMW 1-Series 2-door Convertible 135i Angular Front Exterior View2011 BMW 1-Series2011 Audi A3 4-door HB S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak Premium Angular Front Exterior View2011 Audi A32011 Porsche Boxster Spyder2011 Porsche Boxster
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Power, style, and attainable luxury are all part of the 2011 1-Series' repertoire, though the appearance and BMW's fourth-gen iDrive may not be everyone's cup of tea.
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The 2011 Audi A3 is stylish, refined, and versatile—and nearly as good for the city as for the highway.
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The 2011 Porsche Boxster is a fun, attractive, and capable roadster-everything you want it to be.
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$29,450Browse Used Listings$27,270Browse Used Listings$48,100Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage  
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas I4Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class  
SubcompactSmall Station WgnTwo-Seater
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium2-Door Roadster
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe4 Door HB2 Door Convertible
ManualManual w/ODManual
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