Any car that features the BMW logo must live up to lofty expectations in terms of comfort and handling, and TheCarConnection.com finds that the new 2008 BMW 1-Series comes ready to impress in terms of comfort and build quality.
Regardless of roof, the 1-Series is capable of seating four. While it may seem like a stretch on a car the size of the 1-Series, ConsumerGuide found that the front offers "ample room for adults on comfortable seats" and the rear sports "enough headroom and legroom for an average-size adult to sit behind another average-size adult." The small dimensions of the 2008 BMW 1-Series catch up to it eventually, however, as ConsumerGuide also notes that "any front-seater over six-feet tall will delete rear legroom behind them," and "elbow space is very tight in the coupe and even less in the convertible" for rear occupants. The Kelley Blue Book reviewers characterize the rear seating of the 1-Series as "comfortable but cozy."
Motor Trend aplauids the 1-Series' itnerior storage space, taking particular notice of the fact that the convertible's folding fabric roof when folded doesn't take up "too much trunk space."
Hardtop bodystyles of the 1-Series have a 10 cubic foot trunk that features rear seats capable of folding to accommodate larger items. Aside from cargo room, there's limited small storage space to be found on the 2008 1-Series, as ConsumerGuide reports that "interior storage is limited to a small glovebox and smaller console box, along with a tiny console bin and map pockets."
Material quality hasn't ever been a major issue in BMW's cars, so it comes as little surprise that the 1-Series' interior is well-constructed. ForbesAutos says that it appreciates the fact that the car's interior is "crafted from premium materials," and Kelley Blue Book finds the "interior treatment of the 1 Series is anything but cheap." And Edmunds agrees, saying that "despite being the cheapest BMW sold, the vehicle's interior materials are consistent with its larger and more lavish siblings." One dissenting opinion comes from Cars.com, which finds that on BMWs 2008 1-Series "the leather is less luxurious" and that the "plastic also seems to be a lower grade in a few places" versus that found on larger BMWs. However, solid quality helps deliver limited road noise, which ConsumerGuide notes is "well checked," and "top down, the convertible requires only slightly raised voices at highway speeds." Automobile notes that the "frameless windows let in no wind noise."