2013 BMW 1-Series Review

The BMW 1-Series’ strong engines and sharp handling make it very engaging to drive, reviewers said, though it has meager trunk space and gets low fuel economy.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample engine power
  • Nimble handling
  • Limited trunk space




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 BMW 1-Series Overview

The 2013 BMW 128i is powered by a six-cylinder engine that reviewers said delivers brisk acceleration. Both the 135i and 135is are powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and test drivers agreed that both models are very quick, especially the more powerful 135is. All models are available with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. With the automatic, the 2013 BMW 128i earns an EPA-estimated 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. Reviewers said the rear-wheel drive 1-Series has sporty handling and is very fun to drive, especially the 135i and performance-oriented 135is. They added that the 1-Series has communicative steering and strong brakes. Most test drivers thought the 1-Series’ ride is comfortable, but some mentioned that 135i and 135is models can feel a bit stiff, as they have sport-tuned suspensions.

Reviewers said the 2013 BMW 1-Series’ cabin is built with mostly premium materials and has a simple design. The 1-Series seats four, and according to reviewers, most adults will be comfortable in the front seats. A few critics said that rear-seat headroom is lacking, though others were pleased with the overall rear-seat space. The 2013 BMW 1-Series comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, HD Radio and power-adjustable front seats. A Harman Kardon surround sound audio system, BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, navigation, satellite radio, leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. Reviewers said the iDrive system is fairly straightforward to use, especially when paired with navigation. The 1-Series coupe has 10 cubic feet of trunk space, and the convertible has 8 cubic feet, both of which are low for the class.

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Other Cars to Consider

Most reviewers said the 2013 Audi A3 has nimble handling and a gentle ride. The A3 gets better fuel economy than the 1-Series, even with all-wheel drive, and it has much more cargo space than the 1-Series due to its hatchback design.

The 2013 Acura TSX impressed reviewers with its powerful available V6 engine, nimble handling and smooth-shifting automatic transmission. Test drivers were pleased with the TSX’s well-constructed cabin, and it has quite a bit more trunk space than the 1-Series.  

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