For The BMW 1 Series Convertible is enjoyable to drive, thanks to communicative steering. Diesel versions are impressively frugal and the larger engines have plenty of power. Residual values are solid.
Against Not the prettiest of drop-tops and some of the petrol engines are surprisingly gutless. All models have a firm ride and the interior trim isn’t up to usual BMW standards.
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The BMW 1 Series Convertible has its strengths, but it falls too far behind the class leaders in too many areas.
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There are 21 BMW 1 Series versions available
Target Price team says:
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.
Reader test team says:
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