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.
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|2012 BMW 1-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2012 Audi A3Browse Used Listings||2012 Lexus IS 250CBrowse Used Listings||2012 Porsche BoxsterBrowse Used Listings||2012 Porsche CaymanBrowse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas Flat-6||Gas Flat 6-Cyl|
|Subcompact||Small Station Wagons||Subcompact||Two-Seater||Two-Seater|
|2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV||4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||250C 2-Door Convertible Manual||2-Door Roadster||2-Door Coupe|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive||Rear-Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||Hatchback||Convertible||Convertible||2 Door Coupe|
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|2012 BMW 1-Series vs. 2012 Audi A3||2012 BMW 1-Series vs. 2012 Lexus IS 250C||2012 BMW 1-Series vs. 2012 Porsche Boxster||2012 BMW 1-Series vs. 2012 Porsche Cayman|