2009 BMW 1-Series vs. Its Competition

2009 BMW 1-Series 128i

Beyond the more expensive 3-Series, there aren't many direct model-per-model competitors to the 1-Series.

In terms of body styles (2+2 coupe and convertible), the Ford Mustang GT comes closest, but because of its domestic roots, we doubt there will be much cross-shopping between these two.

A more realistic competitor is the V-6-powered Infiniti G37 Coupe, although the G37 is not offered as a convertible.

Those looking for a track-worthy car that has head-turning potential and a truly unique driving experience might consider the RX8, though this little Mazda isn’t that practical or fuel-efficient.

Finally, a 135i Coupe roughly aligns in price with a 328i Coupe—it’s worth considering whether you'd trade a more comfortable driving experience and better styling overall for less power.

2009 BMW 1-Series 128i2009 BMW 1-Series
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Has the 3-Series become too portly, expensive, and upscale? If you think so, the 2009 BMW 1-Series might make you happier.
If you want a sprightly, track-ready sports coupe with head-turning looks and a little extra space, the 2009 Mazda RX-8 will put a smile on your face.
The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas RotaryGas I6
EPA Class  
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe 128i4-Door Coupe Automatic Sport4-Door Sedan 328i RWD
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe4 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
ManualAutomatic w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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