2013 BMW 1-Series vs. Its Competition

2013 BMW 1-Series Coupe
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2013 BMW 1-Series Coupes and Convertibles compete more with other focused performance models and sports cars than they do with other small luxury models.

Especially in 135is form, or with the M Sport Package, the 1-Series chases both the Porsche Boxster and Cayman--although both are more expensive than the 1-Series.

Way off at the other end of the market, the Audi A3 competes against the 128i Coupe in some ways, as the entry model in their luxury-car lineups, but the A3 is far more practical, with the 1-Series Coupe's tight, rather impractical interior an issue for families or some everyday drivers.

The Lexus IS C models are arguably just as stylish as the 1-Series Convertible, but they lack the performance sharpness (and prowess) of the BMW, and they're not offered in pure coupe form.

The Infiniti G37 coupe and convertible are strong performers, and they appeal to the same kind of driving enthusiast in some respects, but the G37 Convertible is quite heavy, and the entire lineup feels less a little less refined than the 1-Series.

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The 2013 BMW 1-Series is part small luxury coupe, part sports car, and if you're okay with a tight interior and a sometimes-frustrating iDrive, you'll find happiness.
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The 2013 Audi A3 wears its age well, and remains a sporty, versatile choice for compact hatchback buyers who can afford a little luxury.
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The 2013 Porsche Boxster is one of the most fun, stylish, and luxurious roadsters available.
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The 2012 Porsche Cayman is a potent mix of performance, comfort, and cargo space, and a leader in the sports car segment.
MSRP From   
$31,500$27,270$49,500$51,900
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas Flat-6Gas Flat 6-Cyl
EPA Class   
SubcompactSmall Station WagonsTwo-SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe 128i4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak 2.0T Premium2-Door Roadster2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear-Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4522
Passenger Doors   
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Body Style   
CoupeHatchbackConvertible2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
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