Introduced three years ago in the U.S. market, the 2011 BMW 1-Series carries forward the design of the 2010 model. It shares the long hood and short deck shared with the 3-Series, though loving or hating its looks really comes down to personal preference.
Not as elegantly proportioned as others in the family (though opinions vary), the 2011 BMW 1-Series is nonetheless a purebred Bimmer. Some find the stubby proportions enchanting, but many are put off by the resulting clumsiness of lines around the front, rear, and greenhouse.
The 2011 1-Series' 104.7-inch wheelbase is 4 inches shorter than the 3-Series Coupe, with another 2 inches shaved off the overall length to come in 6 inches shorter and 3 inches less in width.