The BMW 1-Series Guide

Introducing the BMW 1-Series

Guide Version: 1.0. This guide was created on 09-18-2015 and updated monthly with new information.

The most affordable in BMW’s lineup, the BMW 1 Series is the perfect entry choice for those who want to be part of the Bimmer lifestyle. The BMW 1 Series is meant as a family luxury vehicle, with ease of use, excellent maneuverability and economy as the main selling points.

Technically though, it still should be called the M1. Since after all, it still remains as the flagship of BMW when it comes to terms of performance-enhanced variance of their 1-Series range. It’s similar to how the BMW M5 is to the 5-series and how the BMW M3 is to the 3-series.

With everything said and done, aimed at the ever-loyal BMW purists and aficionados, the M1 name will forever be associated and synonymous with the mid-engined supercar from the late 70’s up to the early 80s.

But BMW is trying to make a comeback. Nick the convoluted title and you’re left the BMW’s attempt at getting back on the track for their core customers using their ultimate weapon: the BMW 1-Series M Coupe. Formulated by non-other than BMW’s M division, it’s faring well to the customers thanks to the lukewarm reception, possibly a rub-off effect from the recent welcome of their BMW X6 and X5 SUVs.

What You Need To Know About the BMW 1-Series


The BMW 1 Series has the rear-wheel-drive powered by three different 3.0-liter inline-6 engines. For the 128i, the naturally aspirated engine has the capability of producing 230 hp and 200 lb-ft torque. For the transmission, the six-speed manual is standard with the six-speed automatic transmission coming as a free option. 0-60 mph can be achieved in as little as 5.9 seconds with the automatic and a 6.7 second time with the manual transmission. EPA estimates the fuel economy at 18/27 mpg for the 128i coupe and 22 mpg combined regardless of transmission. As for the convertible, it’s 18/27 mpg for city and highway respectively and 21 combined with the automatic. With the manual transmission, it’s estimated at 19/28/22.


If there ever comes a time where a car can outrun the BMW 1-Series, it has to be a purpose-built sporting machine—that and the race need to be on a winding road. Some racetrack maniacs take into account that the car’s handling isn’t the same as the M-badged BMWs when driven ferociously, but that’s a given. Others still find the excellent body control, responsive steering, and great outward visibility enough for their driving pleasures. Although the drive isn’t as refined as the 3 Series, the 1Series can still compete with the rivals.


The interior of the 1 Series is comparably competitive against its rival counterparts. In terms of material quality, although there are evidently more plastic in the BMW than you’d expect, it still excels above what other automakers are offering. Plus, you have the optional wood or aluminum trim dress the dash for a more personal look and feel.

The BMW 1-Series dash and controls are generally straightforward. They’re all standard and could be easily familiarized with. But given the notable lack in support of the car’s potential, the back seat seems to be a bit of a lackluster. However, if you opt-in for the M-Sport package, that worry seems to be absent. Others claim that the manual adjustable seats from the Sports package are even better than the automatic standard power seats. And to keep your butt from roasting, there is also the convertible’s optional sun-reflective leather seating.

The subcompact BMW 1 Series has one fault though: even though it has the four-seater capability attached to the model, it’s significantly smaller than the coupe, so it’s ideal either for small kids or some cargo.


The usual safety standards come equipped with any of the BMW 1-Series, such as disc brakes with standby features and brake drying, traction and stability controls, and a hill-start assist for the manual transmission equipped cars. For the coupe, front-side airbags and full-length airbags are standard; but with the convertible, the front-seat-side airbags are extended to protect the driver and passengers head. It also comes with pop-up rollover hoops.

BMW 1-Series SPECS

ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

HORSEPOWER: 335 hp @ 5800 rpm

TORQUE: 370 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

FUEL ECONOMY- 19/26 mpg

TRANSMISSION-  6-speed manual



DRIVE TYPE: Front Engine / RWD

TOP SPEED- 155 mph

0-60MPH- 4.5 sec

Price: $50,810 (base price: $47,010)


Apart from receiving increased standard equipment, the 1-Series pays homage to the long lineage of the excellent M1 with the way it’s built.

Under the hood there is an undeniable presence of the Bavarian automakers desire for performance built cars. It’s the same as the original 3 Series. In lieu of all that, be it the convertible or the coupe 1 Series, the nimble characteristics of the model still upholds the defined entirety of the BMW brand. Donning in an inline-6 engine, the thrills are there for the taking. As for the transmission you have three options: the six-speed automatic, the six-speed manual, and the sophisticated seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual.

But still, you have the ultimate decision on which convertible or coupe you’re about to buy since, we all know it, it’s a big decision. On the other hand, compared to most competitive makers that go beyond, there’s still that dynamism and extraordinary quality that the BMW 1 Series possess.


√ Powerful, fuel-efficient engines;

√ Rear-wheel drive;

√ Rimble handling;

Solid construction;

√ Convertible available.


× Cramped backseat;

× Mediocre interior materials;

× Less-than-svelte styling.