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-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2011 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2011 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Gas I4||Gas Flat 6-cyl|
|Subcompact||Small Station Wgn||Two-Seater|
|2-Door Coupe 128i||4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||2-Door Roadster|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||4 Door HB||2 Door Convertible|