For A twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine gives sensational performance. The M Sport makeover gives the car sharp looks and handling to match. Standard kit is lavish and the engine is smooth.
Against The sky-high price is the main issue, especially when the bigger, better 3 Series Convertible doesn't cost much more. The ride is firm (unless you specify the regular suspension) and a couple of the cabin plastics are a little disappointing.
View this is an 'M1 Convertible' in all but name and the jaw-dropping price tag might seem acceptable. But it isn't – it's just a very expensive (albeit mightily entertaining) version of the 1 Series.
The BMW 1 Series Convertible has a range of engines to suit every budget and taste. For us, the 120d supplies the best balance between pace and running costs. The smaller petrol engines are rather short on grunt, while the higher powered petrol and diesel models push the price too high.
Entry-level ES trim supplies all the basics, but stepping up to SE adds the kind of luxuries that many buyers will expect of a premium badge. M Sport adds a fetching bodykit, but it also has firmer suspension settings that make the ride even less forgiving.
Running costs for the diesel models are low, and the petrol versions are cleaner and more frugal than many rivals. By any standards, though, the 135i is unnecessarily pricey to buy and run. BMW offers three- or five-year fixed price servicing packages that can be sold on to future owners.
Bought a 120i SE, having previously owned a 320d coupe (2005 model) and tested the new Audi A3 Cabriolet. The drive, handling and overall feel is…
Test driven this car as an automatic with and for my mother who is in the market for a soft top. Performance is decent even with the auto and will be…
I have test drove this car for a day, having had bmw 318 & 325 coupes before, I wanted to go back to a BMW after moving to Saab 18 months ago and…
I test drove this vehicle a few weeks ago and loved it from the moment I got in! Very comfortable and visibility is fantastic - front and back. It's a…
It’s easy to see the appeal of this version of the 1 Series Convertible, and the strong engine and decent equipment make it our favourite version.