2013 BMW 1-Series Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

You're probably not going to look at the 2013 BMW 1-Series for flat-out practicality--although if you're weighing it against a traditional sports car, it may impress as a better daily driver.

Whichever version of the 1-Series you're looking at, it's quite comfortable and easy to use--provided you're not thinking about using the back seat too much. Laid out like 2+2s more than true four-seaters, the 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models offer plenty of comfort up front for adults, with the rear seat best left to kids.

All the 1-Series models feel like luxury vehicles inside, but their snug interiors limit appeal.

The trunk itself is fairly roomy, even in convertible models, while a pass-through split-folding rear seat offers more cargo space for longer or larger items.

Considering that the 1-Series is the low-priced entry point into BMW's lineup, its interior materials are quite impressive and build quality is strong. They're not quite up to the standards of the latest 3-Series and 5-Series in most respects. The one thing that's noticeable is that trims and plastics are slightly lower-grade. Cabin noise is low, with wind and road noise well-controlled, even in the convertible--so that stands as a big benefit over a number of other performance cars.

In general, on-the-road comfort is good, but it does depend on some of the performance options chosen. The low-profile tires with larger 17- or 18-inch wheels--as used in the 135is as well, or with the M Sport package--can create more ride harshness.

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