2011 BMW 1-Series Review

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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.

The 2011 BMW 1-Series doesn't see many changes for the new model year, but the few it does get are significant, making the 1-Series a technological standout in the entry-level luxury sports car market. Appearance is largely unaltered for 2011, with the love-it-or-leave-it styling a deciding factor for some.

The 1-Series gets a new seven-speed dual-cloth transmission (DCT) that replaces the automatic, available only on the 135i. The high-tech transmission delivers silky-smooth shifts in automatic mode and precise, rev-matched shifts in manual mode.

The range-topping 135i's engine is also updated for 2011, replacing the previous twin-turbo inline six-cylinder with a 300-horsepower twin-scroll, single-turbo version. Available in naturally aspirated form as well in the 128i model, both engine options can be slotted into either coupe or convertible body styles.

A wide range of features and options can be had for materials, appearance, and equipment. The tech experience revolves around the fourth-generation iDrive system, which can still be complex to operate, though it's much improved over earlier generations.

The base price of the 2011 1-Series, which is on sale now, stays stable, at $30,025 for the 128i and $36,925 for the 135i. All 1-Series models are rear-wheel drive. Competitive cars include the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, the Audi A3, and the Lexus IS and IS C.

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October 9, 2016
2013 BMW 1-Series 2-Door Coupe 128i

for a Youngster like me, this car meets up with my demands and is more than convenient for me. also, it attracts people especially women

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the 6 speed manual transmission does it for me. need I say more? rear wheel drive? (oh yes), luggage space is a minor problem, but it's all i could ask for.
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April 13, 2015
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All the BMW attributes, not the cost

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We ended up ordering this car so it has only the moon roof and M-sport package. Drives so well, is fun, and really didn't cost much since it doesn't have all the other stuff they usually load on the car. Did... + More »
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December 21, 2015
2010 BMW 1-Series 2-Door Convertible 128i

Life's way too short to be driving a Honda...

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BMW has used this inline 6 cylinder motor going on 25 years now. They have refined it to levels of smoothness and power unheard-of, in this price range. Despite it's 3500-pound weight, the 128i is still... + More »
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