Safe and compact
And for my personal review of the 1 series, lets� start out with a walk around of the outside of the vehicle. The aesthetics appearance is impressive with the way the designers sculptured the true beauty of a BMW into this model. The trunk is quite large and also offers fold down rear seats to increase your luggage space on those multi-state BMW drives. The fit and finish of all body panels show the true quality of a fine engineered automobile. One thing the 135i has that did not make it onto the 3 series was the painted calipers with BMW lettering. And it does get recognized by those sitting next to you at the stop lights. The 135i has a stance of aggressiveness when viewed from the front, as it is waiting to be challenged by a Porsche. On the inside you do feel the closeness to your passenger that you do not feel in the 3 series. I guess this is due to the 1 series being 1.5 smaller in width. With the sport seats you feel as if you are ready to hit the track. You push on the side bolster support button and the seat squeezes you in for those high �G� maneuvers. The 1 series did not cut down on any quality or BMW feeling that you would get from any other BMW. With the push of the start button you hear the rumble of the well tuned exhaust. It is just music to your ears hearing this exhaust. The ride and comfort of the 1 series is excellent. With the sport suspension you feel the firmness of this vehicle, which still is at an enjoyable level. 0-60mph is 5.1 seconds in the 6spd manual transmission according to BMW, however Car & Driver were able to get to 60mph in 4.7 seconds. Quarter mile time is quoted at 13.3 seconds at 106mph. I guess I will need to verify this information with the iPhone application �BMW ///M Powermeter. The only places I feel that BMW could have increased their quality in the model I have (which may be different if you purchased the premium package) is on the visors, which are not material covered to match the headliner. And even with run-flat tires I would like to see the vehicle include a vehicle jack and place to mount this item. So overall I am quite impressed with the quality and performance that BMW has put into the 1 series.
One of the most fun cars I have driven to date. There is no lag for the turbo and it just goes like a bat out of hades. The sport package is a must. With it you get the amazing seats and nice thick steering wheel. That is the only option that is a must on this car. The others are nice, but the sports package is the only necessary one in my opinion. Handling is amazing. A little bit of body roll in the corners, but it wouldn't take much to make this car sit perfectly flat and be a track monster. I can't say enough how much power is always on tap in this car. You step on the gas in any gear at any rpm and the thing turns into a little rocket ship. I have had only one issue and that has been the rear trunk tail light cracking. It was replaced under warranty by BMW with no issues at all. So far I've been averaging about 20 MPG which is impressive to me considering all I do is dip into the imense power at almost every opportunity.