BMW 1 Series Convertible (2008 – 2014) Review

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


+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.

Insurance Groups are between 23–38
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

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Real MPG average for a BMW 1 Series Convertible (2008 – 2014)


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Average performance


Real MPG

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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Buying a practical but sporty convertible for £15k
"I am after a sporty but practical convertible. I need room for four people (but can be two-door door), reasonable boot (for sports kit and odd bag), good build quality and efficient fuel consumption. My budget is £15,000-£20,000 and I was thinking about a BMW 120. Any recommendations?"
Yes, okay. Same class as an Audi A3 cabrio and Golf Mk VI cabrio. Some engine problems with all of these. Check them out in
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Buying a used convertible - what would you recommend?
"Now that I have retired, I want to buy a fun convertible to keep a long time and hopefully see me out. I will only do about five thousand miles per year, but need a automatic with good all round reliability. What Should I buy for £14,000? I quite like the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3. "
BMW 1 Series Cabrio, because it has a torque converter auto, not a dual clutch auto, and torque converters are much more reliable.
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Which convertible?
"I wish to buy a second hand folding roof 4 seater automatic car. I was attracted to the Volkswagen Eos but your comments on it put me off. I would like heated front seats. It will be used mainly for short journeys - 6/7000 mile pa - and my budget price is around £15,000. "
BMW 1 Series or Audi A3 convertible
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What does a BMW 1 Series Convertible (2008 – 2014) cost?