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2012 BMW 1-Series vs. Its Competition

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2012 BMW 1-Series Coupe and Convertible
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The Lexus IS C range offers at least as much style as the 1-Series convertible, but lacks the performance prowess of the BMW, and it's not available in pure coupe form, either.

The Audi A3 offers more utility than the 1-Series thanks to its hatchback format, and is very close to a match in terms of quality and luxury, but like the Lexus, it too falls into a lower performance class.

Porsche's Boxster and Cayman are both a notch higher up the performance spectrum (and the luxury range as well), but are somewhat more expensive.

Finally, the Infiniti G37 coupe and convertible are likely to find many fans among the 1-Series set, and for good reason: it follows a similar formula, offers more power, and has nearly as much to offer in terms of quality, though it falls short on the upper-tier luxury features of the BMW.

2012 BMW 1-Series Coupe and Convertible2012 BMW 1-Series2012 Audi A3 4-door HB S tronic FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi A32011 Lexus IS 250C 2-door Convertible Auto Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lexus IS 250C2012 Porsche Boxster2012 Porsche Boxster2012 Porsche Cayman R2012 Porsche Cayman
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If you can get past the often-confusing iDrive system, the 2012 BMW 1-Series offers a great blend of style, power, handling, and luxury at a sometimes reasonable, sometimes objectionable price.
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The fashionable, versatile 2012 Audi A3 is as deft for the city commute as it is at ease on the highway.
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The 2012 Lexus IS 250C strikes a good middle ground between racy roadsters and luxury convertible cruisers, but its sluggish powertrain performance will be a deal-breaker for many.
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Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.
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The 2012 Porsche Cayman is a potent mix of performance, comfort, and cargo space, and a leader in the sports car segment.
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Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas Flat-6Gas Flat 6-Cyl
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SubcompactSmall Station WagonsSubcompactTwo-SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium250C 2-Door Convertible Manual2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
2 Door CoupeHatchbackConvertibleConvertible2 Door Coupe
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