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BMW has managed to offer excellent-quality materials even at the lower end of its model lineup.
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interior treatment of the 1 Series is anything but cheap
Kelley Blue Book

a person measuring 6'4" tall can sit in the back seat with two inches of clearance
Popular Mechanics

while the 1-Series Convertible's canvas roof is nicely finished, it generates wind noise
Motor Trend

Drivers expect excellent quality from the BMW name—and the editors at TheCarConnection.com are no different. The 1-Series does a good job of living up to BMW's standards.

The BMW 1-Series, as either a coupe or convertible, is designed to seat four. ConsumerGuide finds that the front allows "ample room for adults on comfortable seats." As expected in a car of this size, the rear seat gets mixed reviews. ConsumerGuide reports that the backseat offers "enough headroom and legroom for an average-size adult to sit behind another average-size adult." The reviewer adds a caveat, however: "any front-seater over six-feet tall will delete rear legroom behind them." Additionally, "elbow space is very tight in the coupe and even less in the convertible" for rear occupants. Reviewers at Kelley Blue Book characterize the seating in the back of the BMW 1-Series as "comfortable but cozy."

The BMW 2009 1-Series defies its small dimensions when it comes to interior space. The coupe versions of the BMW 2009 1-Series have a trunk that "offers a reasonable 10 cubic feet of storage space," according to Kelley Blue Book, and if additional space is needed, "the rear seats can be folded to accommodate larger items." Motor Trend approves of the storage space on the convertible, finding that "because it's a fabric roof rather than a rigid folder, it doesn't swallow too much trunk space." Aside from trunk space, there's not much storage room on the 2009 BMW 1-Series, as ConsumerGuide notes that "interior storage is limited to a small glovebox and smaller console box, along with a tiny console bin and map pockets."

Materials quality has never been much of an issue on BMWs, so it's no surprise that the interior of the BMW 2009 1-Series is well constructed. Kelley Blue Book attests the "interior treatment of the 1 Series is anything but cheap." Edmunds says, "Despite being the cheapest BMW sold, the vehicle's interior materials are consistent with its larger and more lavish siblings." ForbesAutos appreciates that the interior is "crafted from premium materials." Cars.com, however, remarks that on BMWs 2009 1-Series "the leather is less luxurious" and the "plastic also seems to be a lower grade in a few places" compared to the 3- and 5-Series BMWs.

Solid build quality contributes to the low level of ride noise, which ConsumerGuide says is "well checked," and "top down, the convertible requires only slightly raised voices at highway speeds." Motor Trend, however, observes that the convertible top "generates wind noise."


BMW has managed to offer excellent-quality materials even at the lower end of its model lineup.

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