Experts at TheCarConnection.com love the features that come standard and optional on the 2009 BMW 1-Series—but the greater the features, the greater the price.
The two available trims of the BMW 1-Series, the 128i and 135i, come with similar standard features. ConsumerGuide reports that the BMW 2009 128i offers standard "air conditioning w/ automatic climate control," as well as "remote keyless entry" and a "power sunroof" on the coupe, while the convertible can be outfitted a "power convertible top." ForbesAutos finds that the BMW 1-Series "comes well equipped with most essential amenities, including an input jack on the standard audio system for connecting iPods and other portable devices." A new heated steering wheel is also available for 2009. Kelley Blue Book mentions that the BMW 1-Series offers "rain-sensing windshield wipers, cruise control and a 10-speaker audio system." Also, the BMW 2009 1-Series convertible features a folding cloth top that operates at speeds of up to 30 mph, a welcome addition for those who are tired of pulling over every time the sun comes out.
Optional features are pretty impressive on the 2009 BMW 1-Series, but they have a serious effect on the price of the car. While the 2009 BMW 1-Series is marketed as a well-equipped entry-level BMW, Road & Track notes that if you "throw on a premium package...you're in the neighborhood of $39,000." Some drivers may not even be interested in the pricier add-ons; as ForbesAutos warns, "ordering [the GPS navigation system] can actually make the car less user-friendly, as it comes with BMW's somewhat confounding iDrive system." The iDrive system has been redesigned for 2009, but it may still frustrate some.