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2010 BMW 1 Series

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2010 BMW 1 Series Review

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Ever creeping gas prices and increasingly crowded roads have turned many car-buyers' eyes toward small cars. BMW, who once dominated this market with its iconic 2002 and later with the first Z convertibles, once again takes center stage with the dynamic 1 Series Convertible. This drop-top proves BMW still has what it takes to compete in the entry-level luxury market. The smart and stylish 1 Series provides a drop-top coupe catering to those who think BMW's 3 Series has grown too big and expensive.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you think smaller and lighter cars tend to be the most fun, we think you'll like the 2010 BMW 1 Series Convertible. It features a quiet, well insulated top and excellent top-down air-flow management, freeing it from the vices that commonly plague convertibles.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the BMW 1 Series Convertible if you want both front and rear passengers to be equally comfortable, as the rear seats border on claustrophobic. Also, the rear-drive 1-Series isn't as sure-footed in the snow as is Audi's all-wheel-drive TT Roadster.

What's New for 2010

HD Radio is made standard on all models, while Automatic High Beams become a new stand-alone option.

Driving the 1 Series

Driving Impressions While many convertibles drive like watered-down versions of their fixed-roof siblings, the 2010 BMW 1 Series Convertible retains most of the sharp handling dynamics found...

in its Coupe counterpart. Steering feel is good, offering just the right amount of resistance and precise control of the front wheels. The structure of the 1 Series Convertible feels strong and is generally free of rattles and squeaks when driving over rough pavement. The 230-horsepower engine in the 128i is no slouch, but with 300 horsepower on tap the twin-turbocharged engine in the 135i is the real star. It's the same engine used in the larger, heavier 3 Series and, in the smaller 135i, it delivers great power to pass and a swift zero-to-60-mph time of 5.3 seconds.

Sun Reflective Upholstery
Driving a convertible is fun but also offers its share of inconveniences. For example, on particularly bright and sunny days the interior surfaces of many convertibles retain a lot of heat. The optional Boston leather interior treatment of the 1 Series Convertible features Sun Reflective technology, which virtually eliminates this problem.

Soft Top
The BMW 1 Series Convertible features a three-layer soft top that keeps road and wind noise to near coupe-like levels. Additionally, the power-operated top can be raised or lowered in about 22 seconds and at speeds up to 25 miles per hour.

2010 BMW 1 Series Details
Interior

The 1 Series is the least expensive convertible offered by BMW, but the interior treatment is anything but cheap, featuring high-quality materials and modern style. With the soft top in the raised position the cabin remains impressively quiet and, with the top lowered, airflow around the cabin is nicely controlled. Seating in the 1 Series Convertible is limited to four and, while front-seat passengers enjoy good head and leg room, rear-seat passengers might feel cramped by limited shoulder space. Trunk space is tight but, with clever arrangement, there is enough room for a weekend's worth of luggage.

Exterior
2010 BMW 1 Series photo

Bucking the current trend toward retractable hardtops, BMW has equipped the 1 Series with a fabric top, a decision we support, considering the fabric top's lighter weight and excellent sound insulation. The 1 Series Convertible features a wide, sporty stance that is further accentuated by lowering the convertible top. Adding to the visual impact are a sharply creased shoulder line, signature BMW twin-kidney grille and a spoiler integrated into the trunk lid. The more-powerful 135i sports an aggressive exterior treatment that includes an additional rear spoiler to provide greater downforce at high speeds.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Among the standard features offered on the 2010 BMW 1 Series Convertible are automatic climate control with convertible mode setting, power windows with one-touch up-and-down function, power-retractable soft top, rain-sensing windshield wipers, cruise control and a 10-speaker HD Radio audio system with auxiliary input for MP3 players. In terms of safety, the 1 Series includes standard front and front-side airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), stability and traction controls and active roll bars that automatically deploy in the event of a vehicle roll-over.

Optional Equipment

Many of the available options are divided into packages. The Cold Weather Package includes heated front seats, headlamp washers and a ski bag with pass-through from the trunk to the cabin; on the 128i, a heated steering wheel is included as well. The Premium Package features power front seats with memory, auto-dimming mirrors, leather seating and an interior lighting package. The Sport Package increases the speed setting of the top speed limiter and adds sport seats plus other racy details. Stand-alone options include a navigation system, a heated steering wheel (135i), Adaptive xenon headlights, Premium Hi-Fi audio, keyless start and entry, rear parking sensors, Automatic High Beams, Satellite radio and BMW's Active Steering system.

Under the Hood


{Most buyers will find the 230-horsepower in-line six-cylinder engine powering the 128i to be perfectly acceptable. Those who want even more performance can choose the 135i and its twin-turbocharged engine, which produces 300 horsepower, enabling acceleration from zero to 60 miles per hour in a little more than five seconds. Both models feature a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic.

3.0-liter in-line 6
230 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
200 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (automatic), 18/28 (manual)

3.0-liter in-line 6 Turbocharged
300 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
300 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1400-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26

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2010 BMW 1 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 129 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Great car fairly sporty

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I needed a car with a back seat, but wanted something sporty and fun to drive. I traded a Porsche Cayman in for this, I miss the Porsche but glad to have the BMW handles great, fun to drive, decent gas mileage. Done a few autocross events handles good at the limits."

Big Results from a Small Bimmer

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "A blast to drive, it's fast even w/out a turbo."

Cons: "Bad MPG, small tank = too much time at gas station"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this Black on Dakota 128i almost exactly a year ago and it's just now broken in to my satisfaction. At only 3,500 lbs. it feels glued to the road, features a nice basic sound system and has the headlight package (which I love) in addition to the technology and convenience upgrades. On the heels of two 335i''s, I actually enjoy driving this car more. I do miss a few creature comforts, especially heated seats, but by buying this discontinued 2013 in '14 I got $8,000 off sticker. $8K! That put a big smile on my face. It's a whole lotta car for the $32,200 I paid for it with only 12 miles on the odometer. Ride on, BMW!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Excellent Convertible

By on Saturday, January 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car for 18 months and it is a joy to drive. I was shopping for a convertible and the 1 series really fit the bill. The car even had a tweed black and silver thread top. It is an eye catcher, and a lot of people think it is a $80k car - wrong ! Many of the professional reviewers complain about the. 1 convertible being expensive compared to the 3 convertible. Their thought that the 3 was not much more. My 1 had a sticker of $55k and the 3 would have been $67k. I specked it with the same options, in other words the same car in a 3 is $12k more. so the professional reviewers are wrong. The car has low profile run flat tires, I changed to Michelin non run flat tires and the car is much better and the tires are half the price. Thus far I am very happy with this car, it is pretty, comfortable, drives well and gets attention. What more could you ask for !"

8 people out of 21 found this review helpful

AMAZING car, its just as fun as my track miata

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "300hp 300tq"

Cons: "not family friendly"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"i bought this vehicle wanting something a bit bigger than my miata and more comftorable, i looked for about 6 months to find just the right one and found an 08 with all the possible upgrades you can get including navigation, cold weather package, adaptive headlights and all those goodies. i drive this car everyday and has given me no issues other than a water pump. occasionally ill drive it hard and responds amazingly, the power is amazing and so is the handling. Its truly a drivers car! The only thing i think people might not like it the rear seats, not very spacious if you have a family but if your like me (21) and don't really carry people around all the time its an amazing vehicle. Exceeded all my expectations i had. The car is also very easy to work on as long as you have some "mechanical" experience."

14 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Very nice all around car!

By on Saturday, September 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfort, fun to drive, fuel economy"

Cons: "new prices"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car does not score a 10 in any category but it also never falls below a 7 or 8 in any category. It is a perfect daily driver if you're not regularly hauling more than 2 people. The turbo six cylinder has nice low end torque and the ergonomics make for a very comfortable car for those of average size."

16 people out of 26 found this review helpful

One of the 2 best cars I have owned in 40 years

By on Thursday, July 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great fun to drive everyday"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Truly awesome driver's automobile. Awesome performance on great fuel economy. Not a family car. It excels at what it was made for. NO problems in 32,000 miles."

23 people out of 43 found this review helpful

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