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2013 BMW 1-Series Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 BMW 1-Series was new.


Interior: 7.0

The 2013 BMW 1-Series’ cabin meets reviewer expectations for a luxury vehicle because it’s attractive and made with quality materials. However, the 1-Series doesn’t have a ton of interior space.

  • "The cabin is simple and straightforward, just like in the 3-series." -- Car and Driver (2010)
  • "Rich-looking plastics, lightly padded surfaces, and wood or textured aluminum trim line the interior, and seem in line with prices." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The 135i's interior and ride quality first rate and on par with its stablemates, though space is definitely at a premium." -- Motor Trend (2008)


The 2013 1-Series seats four. Test drivers say that with good head- and legroom, the front seats will be comfortable for most drivers. One critic says that visibility in the coupe model is good, but finds that the front headrests are an obstruction when reversing. Rear visibility in convertible models is poor. Some reviewers also say that the rear seats are tight for adults. There’s only room for two, and they think that adults will only be comfortable back there during short trips.

  • "The rear seat that's actually spacious enough to use qualifies as another noteworthy standard feature." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ample room for adults on comfortable seats with standard height adjustment, though some testers find the seat side bolsters overly confining. Thin pillars in the coupe provide fine visibility to all directions, though wide front headrests can get in the way when backing up. Convertibles, which have a well-insulated soft top, sacrifice visibility to the rear corners and directly astern due to thick rear ‘pillars’ and a small back window." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Unlike some of its rivals, BMW does not attempt to stuff five seats into a compact coupe that is more desirable for four people. There are four seats -- two up front and two in the rear, and that's that. The result is enough headroom and legroom for four people, which helps to keep those four people reasonably civil on long trips." -- The Washington Post (2009)

Interior Features

The BMW 1-Series comes with push-button start, Bluetooth, a USB adapter, an auxiliary audio jack and HD Radio. A 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, BMW's iDrive infotainment system, navigation and satellite radio are optional.

Most test drivers say the current iDrive system is a lot easier to use than older versions, and one says that the owner’s manual is self-explanatory if things get confusing. One reviewer says the stereo and climate controls are straightforward.

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  • "Audio and climate controls are mounted somewhat low on the dash, yet are easy to reach and simple to decipher and adjust. BMW's latest iDrive system is far easier to negotiate than in previous 1-Series models. Some testers say it's simpler to use than the standard non-iDrive interface, particularly when controlling an external digital-music player." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "There's also BMW's much-maligned iDrive in the 1 Series, as part of the navigation system. Lots of people hate the iDrive. To this day, I can't figure out why. My tip: Read the owner's manual. Once you do, you'll realize you can control nearly everything through one knob." -- The Detroit News (2008)


The 1-Series coupe has 10 cubic feet of cargo space, and the convertible has 8 cubic feet. Though the 1-Series has little cargo space for the class, Consumer Guide says the available room is decent, but thinks the opening is small. There also isn’t much interior storage.

  • "Trunks are reasonably sized, but the opening is quite small, and it's narrow at the bottom. Convertibles lose about 1.6 cubic feet when the top is stowed, an area partitioned off at the top rear of the compartment by a fold-down cover. … Interior storage is limited to a small glovebox and smaller console box, along with a tiny console bin and map pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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