Review: BMW 1 Series Convertible (2008 – 2014)


Neat folding lightweight fabric top, high quality interior, impressive handling even with the roof down, great diesel engines.

Not the best looking convertible around, limited rear seat room.

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BMW 1 Series Convertible (2008 – 2014): At A Glance

What does a BMW 1 Series Convertible (2008 – 2014) cost?

List Price from £20,415
Buy new from £18,439
Contract hire from £226.14 per month
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Real MPG average for a BMW 1 Series Convertible (2008 – 2014)

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20–58 mpg

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What larger, used car could you suggest to replace my BMW 1 Series Convertible?

I drive a BMW 1 Series Convertible but I've got a baby now and looking for something bigger. Not sure what to get but I can't afford brand new.
More crucial than anything else is to avoid back injuries from lifting the child in and out, so a five door MPV makes the most sense and a five door SUV next best sense. Colossal choice out there, but BMW makes the 2 Series Active Tourer and has done for several years so used examples are available. Try to go for petrol, but that's not easy because 95 per cent of them are diesel.
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