2009 BMW 1-Series Convertible

At a Glance

Pricing $33,100 - $40,375
Drive Types RWD
Engines 3.0l I6
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 17-18 (city), 26-28 (highway)

Each successive generation of BMW's iconic 3-Series has grown in size and price, leaving the door open for a new entry-level model. BMW has introduced the 1-Series coupe and convertible to fill that opening. Compared to the 3-Series the 1-Series is about 9 inches shorter, 2 inches narrower and a couple hundred pounds lighter. The good news is that the same two six cylinder engines power the smaller car. A 230-bhp inline-six resides in the 128i, whereas a 300-bhp turbocharged version powers the 135i. A smaller car with the same power could make the choice between the two tough for prospective BMW buyers.

What Changed:

The BMW 1-Series is an entry-level product for the BMW brand. The 1-Series convertible is about 9 inches shorter and 2 inches narrower than the 3-Series convertible, however powertrain options are the same. BMW 128i models are equipped with a 230hp, inline-six and 135i models are equipped with a 300 hp, twin-turbocharged inline-six. The 1-Series convertible features a power-operated soft top.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
128i 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) M6 RWD $33,100
128i 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) A6 RWD $34,375
135i 3.0l I6 (300-bhp) M6 RWD $39,100
135i 3.0l I6 (300-bhp) A6 RWD $40,375