2012 BMW 1-Series Reviews & Lease Deals

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2012 BMW 1-Series Quick Facts

Abundant power from both engines

Luxurious interior

Agile handling

Pricey features

Second row is a squeeze

Expensive for class

Poor fuel economy

The 2012 BMW 1-Series consists of 128i Coupe, 128i Convertible, 135i Coupe, and 135i Convertible.

The 2012 BMW 1-Series ranks 4 out of 9 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on U.S. News analysis of 55 published reviews and test drives of the BMW 1-Series, and U.S.

News analysis of reliability and safety data.

With some of the best performance reviews in the class, it’s easy to like the 2012 BMW 1-Series. But, after you check its price tag and low fuel economy ratings, you may want to search for an upscale small car that offers a better combination of sport and efficiency like the Volkswagen GTI.

The BMW 1-Series comes down to one thing: performance. It is is one of the most powerful, fun-to-drive, sports car-like models in its class. So, if you’re looking for something that spices up boring commutes to the office and grocery store, the BMW 1-Series is your best option. It’s available with a 3.0-liter inline-six engine on the base 128i.

There’s also a turbocharged option on the 135i that reviewers consider top-notch.

Many writers say that the 3-Series is a good alternative if you want something bigger, but warn shoppers not to turn their noses up at the BMW 1-Series just because it’s petite. It would be easy to dismiss the 2011 BMW 1 Series as the baby BMW that people buy because they can’t pony up for a 3 Series,” says Edmunds. “You could also claim it’s just a dumpy-looking coupe that costs too much money.

But spend some time with the 1-Series and you’ll find it has an irrepressible, playful character that brings sheer joy to the driving experience. Indeed, while the 1-Series coupe and convertible aren’t the most inspirational BMW models, they are wickedly fun and surprisingly refined little cars worthy of the BMW badge.

Good performance, however, does have its drawbacks. Available as a coupe or convertible, the BMW 1-Series isn’t the roomiest option on the market: The rear seats are cramped and the trunk maxes out at 10 cubic feet with the coupe. Also, the BMW 1-Series has some of the worst fuel economy ratings in the class.

Combined with premium fuel requirements and ratings as low as 18/25 mpg city/highway on the 2011 135i, you’ll pay a lot to fill up this bad boy. In addition to being fuel thirsty, the BMW 1-Series is also one of the most expensive cars in its class. BMW hasn’t released pricing for the 2012 models, but the 2011 128i starts at about $31,000 and the 2011 135i costs about $39,100.

That said, a lot of shoppers may end up crossing the BMW 1-Series off their shopping lists simply because hefty monthly payments and high fuel costs are more than they can stomach. But, if you’re looking for something small, super fun to drive and don’t mind the price premium, the BMW 1-Series is a perfect option as long as you’re willing to sacrifice performance for utility.

In a sense, the BMW 1-Series is just a smaller version of the BMW 3-Series. In that case, you should consider an upgrade, especially if you plan to add features to the 1-Series coupe or convertible. You can get the 328i sedan for about $35,000.

No only will you get four doors, more rear passenger space and a larger cargo area, but you’ll also get what some reviewers consider to be a better performer.

After you look at the starting price for the BMW-Series, you may decide to start checking your options. The Volkswagen GTI and the Audi A3 are your next best bet. Both use premium fuel, but their fuel economy ratings reach of 24/33 mpg and 22/28 mpg city/highway, respectively, when equipped with automatic transmissions. That means you’ll pay significantly less in fuel each year compared to the BMW 1-Series.

Keep in mind, however, that the GTI and A3 are hatchbacks, which makes them look less sporty than the 1-Series.

If you don’t want to pay for premium gas at the pump, you’ll have to sacrifice efficiency for performance. The Volvo S40, for example, gets 21/30 mpg city/highway and takes regular gas, but reviewers are unimpressed with its performance, and say the S40 drives like some less expensive sedans.

For the 2012 model year, BMW has made a few adjustments to the 1-Series. The headlights and taillights have been redesigned, and the 128i receives standard Air Curtain on coupe and convertible models, a feature that improves aerodynamics. Other than these minor adjustments, the 2012 model is very similar to the previous generation. That means you may be able to swing a deal on the 2011 model.

The base trim, the 128i, comes with a 3.0-liter inline-six engine, and the more expensive 135i comes with a 3.0-liter turbo charged inline-six engine.

The 128i and 135i are some of the most expensive models in the luxury small car class and start at about $31,000 and $39,100, respectively. Both trims are available in coupe and convertible body styles.

The BMW 1-Series is one of the most agile, sporty performers in its class, but the Boston Globe isn’t impressed with its fuel economy ratings and says, A better combination of power and economy is called for these days.

Aside from a new front grille, and redesigned head and tail lights, the BMW 1-Series looks a lot like its predecessor. Kelley Blue Book likes its exterior styling, and says, “The 1 Series represents one of the most refined applications to date of BMW’s ‘flame surfacing’ design motif. Its basic silhouette has the proportions of a classic performance car, with a long hood, abbreviated trunk and wheels located at the far corners of the body.

The BMW 1-Series doesn’t have comfortable rear seats, but that’s expected from most coupes and convertibles. Its interior is luxurious, and if you don’t mind paying about $31,000, you should be satisfied. To save money, try the Volkswagen GTI.

Neither the federal government nor the insurance industry has tested the 2012 BMW 1-Series. However, the BMW 1-Series comes with a number of standard safety features.

The 2012 BMW 1-Series reliability score shown is the Predicted Reliability rating provided by J.D. Power and Associates. The BMW 1-Series has a four-year/50,000 mile warranty that includes free scheduled maintenance on wear and tear items like brake pads and oil changes.

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