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The new 2011 BMW 1 Series Coupe ranks top among upscale small cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of various published reviews and BMW 1 Series test drive data available online. The 2011 BMW 1 Series Coupe is the performance oriented car, and it outrank every other car in its class.

The BMW 1 Series comes in different models Coupe, 3 door, 5 door, and convertible. We have reviewed each individually, although, the engine and performance is exceptional in all models. The BMW 1 Series Coupe has excellent driving dynamics, but the only drawback is when you start adding options and features, it will be very costly.

If you have a good budget and need a feel like a sports car, then it is the best choice. BMW 1 Series Coupe is a niche vehicle, especially for those people who are looking for small upscale cars with sports performance. If you love driving, then you will love to drive BMW 1 Series Coupe. However, reviewers are not happy about the cramped interior. There is still room for improvement in the interior. The exterior styling is not liked by many reviewers, but our team has approved the styling and design to be unique.

While comparing the small cars, its fuel economy is also not up to the mark. However, the base price is good, but when you start adding features it will move up. There is no compromise on performance, but there are not much test drive data available on 2011 BMW 1 Series Coupe. If you compare BMW 1 Series Coupe with other upscale small cars like Volkswagen GTI and Audi A3 in overall rating, the BMW 1 Series Coupe lacks behind. The Volkswagen GTI is a competent car and liked by many people over the years. However, 1 Series Coupe is a compelling choice among other cars.

Another advantage is that the Volkswagen GTI base price about $5,500 less than BMW 1 Series Coupe. The BMW 1 Series comes in two trims the 128i and 135i both the trims available in the Coupe, Convertible, 3 doors and 5 doors. Both the engines are six cylinder, but the 135i is turbo charged for extra performance. There are no significant changes in BMW 1 Series 2011. The 135i engine is re-tuned, but the horsepower remains the same. There is a new dual-clutch automatic transmission in 2011 BMW 1 Series Coupe 135i.

BMW 1 Series Coupe Price;

Average Paid: $28,697 – $39,599, MSRP: $29,150 – $40,350, Invoice: $26,820 – $37,120

BMW 1 Series Coupe Ratings;

BMW 1 Series Coupe Performance: 4.6 (Very Good)

BMW 1 Series Coupe Exterior: 4.3 (Good)

BMW 1 Series Coupe Interior: 4.1 (Good)

BMW 1 Series Coupe Safety: 4.8 (Very Good)

BMW 1 Series Coupe Reliability: 3.5 (Average)

Power & Performance

If you are thinking about purchasing the BMW 1 Series Coupe, you buy it for performance. When it comes to power, 1 Series has plenty of engine power, smooth transmission and excellent handling. There is a new dual clutch automatic transmission in 2011, which increase the performance even more.

However, performance is good, but fuel economy is worst. If you compare other vehicles in this class, 1 Series have enough power and performance to defeat them all. You have to pay more for extra performance and fuel mileage. All the BMW 1 Series models come with 3.0 liter six cylinder engine, which is also used in BMW 3 Series.

The 128i engine produces impressive 230 horsepower, and the 135i turbo charged produces 300 horsepower, which is awesome power to race from 0 to 60 in just 5.1 seconds. BMW 1 Series Coupe comes with six speed manual transmission, which is standard in all models, although six speed automatic transmission is also available. The new DCT (Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission) is available in 2011 model.

Reviewers have positive feedback about DCT, but it is only available in 135i trim. The fuel economy is not worth mentioning, the 128i shows 18 mpg in city and 28 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, 135i show 18 mpg in city and 25 mpg on the highway. These ratings are with manual transmission. The BMW 1 Series cornering, steering and braking performance is well balanced and perfect, which makes it feel like a sports car. Some of the reviewers are not happy with large wheels, which have a negative impact on the ride quality.

Interior & Exterior

The BMW 1 Series Coupe offers the most luxurious interior features than any other vehicle in this class. However, if you add more features, the price will sky rocket. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but the rear row is bit tight in Coupe. The overall seating is comfortable and luxurious in BMW 1 Series Coupe. Most of the reviewers say that the car is small and there is not much space offered inside. There is not much to complain about because no other vehicle offers that much space in this class. There are many luxury features as standard in 128i like automatic climate control, rain sensing automatic headlights, and a leather wrapped multi functioning steering wheel.

The 135i has more advanced features like xenon headlights with adaptive light control and gray poplar wood interior. However, the other features will cost you extra like heated front seats, iPod USB adapter. There is an optional BMW iDrive system, but it is difficult to learn. However, once you opt for iDrive you will learn to use the system. The BMW 1 Series Coupe offers the 13.1 cubic feet of space. The trunk space is good for the small upscale car class.

The exterior design is attractive and reflects the BMW trademark. Most of the reviewers are not happy with the style, but in our analysis it is the perfect design for the class.

Safety & Reliability

The 2011 BMW 1 Series has not been crashed tested yet, but there are many safety features. The safety features included are the front seat mounted front side-impact air bags, anti lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, a front and rear head protection system, cornering brake control, dynamic traction control, and dynamic stability control and crash sensors, which automatically turn on hazard lights and cabin lights.

The BMW 1 Series comes with ultimate service warranty with coverage for first four years or 50,000 miles. It also includes free maintenance for four years with BMW Assist Safety Plan.


About the author: Ahmad Wali


Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter


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