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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 136 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Big Engine + Small Car = Ear-to-Ear Smiles!!!

By on Wednesday, January 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,366

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "FUN TO DRIVE PERIOD."

Cons: "2013 was last year made..."

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

"With an impressive power-to-weight ratio - the 128i is the far more reliable, "second cousin" to the stout 135i. However, in comparison, the 128i is certainly no slouch in the driving excitement department either. The refined, 3.0L six-cylinder engine has been in service, since 1992 and is simply bulletproof. Get one now....BMW will never produce a car of this caliber again."

75k miles and very little maintenance

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, fast car"

Cons: "No spare wheel"

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

"This car is used as a daily commuting car (~100miles a day) and get about 25mpg city + HWY (~30mpg at 65mph). I've had no maintenance issues after 75k miles (besides the fuel pump which was changed early on). The car is great, acceleration is amazing and it's easy to park anywhere. I've tuned it up to ~390bhp (Dinan Stage 2) a few years back and got larger better michelin PSP tires. I'd definitively recommend it !"

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Great toDrive

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

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
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Driving feel, smooth 6 M. overall responsiveness."

Cons: "No spare tire"

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

"Bought a base white 6 speed manual 2013 128 coupe new,sunroof delete, added the BMW performance suspension, BMW exhaust and intake, black grilles and had the wheels powder-coated black.Car handles like crazy especially after Michelin PS 2 tires were substituted for the awful run flats.And the sound,with the BMW exhaust is intoxicating!Its what a basic BMW should be; love it each time I get behind the wheel.Go find a good one, you'll be happy if you like a driver's car.Zero problems with this car Wife drives a 128 convertible,that we bought in 2011."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Exceeded All Expectations

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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: "Driving Perfection, Performance to value,"

Cons: "No cup holders, Tends to scare some passengers"

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

"I do not even know where to begin. This is a true drivers car. If you care about cup-holders and passenger convenience look at a different car. If you want the best driving and performing vehicle for the money look no further! I looked hi and low for the best balanced performance for under $50k in a new car. There is not a single vehicle that can touch this one in STOCK form at that price. $20k more or modified equally priced cars are the only competition. The fact that it is perfectly balanced and hits 90% of peak torque at 1900 RPM in a car the size of a HONDA CIVIC will blow you away! Don;t get me wrong, there are quicker and faster cars out there, just not in this price range. If you have a chance to get a 2013 135i or better a 2013 135is (like I have) you should not hesitate! Buy it and enjoy it until it dies a fun death on a track in a controlled environment! Just kidding PLEASE don't wreak it!I am only considering selling mine because my wife is going to become a stay at home mom and we are trying to consolidate bills. If I can find a way I will not sell it! I will keep it forever... Happy Hunting!"

15 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Awesome car! Reliable, Sporty, Cute, Fun to drive

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,978

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: "Very fun to drive!"

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

"This little car is everything I was looking for when I bought her two years ago and still is. Except I just need something bigger now. its quick off the line and very responsive handling."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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