What Car? Reader Awards 2010 – Best car overall BMW 1 Series Coupe

1-series | December 23rd, 2010 by 10
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UK magazine What Car? awards the title of The Best Car Overall to the BMW 1 Series Coupe. Here is an excerpt from their review: …

UK magazine What Car? awards the title of The Best Car Overall to the BMW 1 Series Coupe.

Here is an excerpt from their review:

Second best Land Rover Defender
Third best Alfa Romeo Mito

It seems no one regrets buying a 1 Series Coupé. Not a single reader on whatcar.com gave the car less than four stars overall, and the vast majority dished out a full five-star verdict.

Almost every review raved about how brilliant the Coupé is to drive: ‘The last car I had fun driving was my old Mazda MX-5 – but the 1 Series Coupé is built for driving pleasure,’ said owner Jason Tang. ‘Throw it at a winding road and you’ll grin the entire way!’ said Kiran Naidu. ‘It puts a smile on my face every time I get behind the wheel’, said Stephen Hayward.

BMW 1series coupe wallpaper 0611 655x491That driving pleasure didn’t usually cause you much pain at the pumps, either. ‘I haven’t been driving like an old Sunday driver, but my average fuel consumption is a touch under 59mpg,’ said Ian Greer, the owner of 118d Sport.

Complaints were few and far between, but a few reader reviews criticised the
limited rear head- and legroom.

Jason said: ‘My only qualm is the lack of space in the back – if BMW lengthened the car by 30mm, it would be perfect.’

[Source: Whatcar? ]

10 responses to “What Car? Reader Awards 2010 – Best car overall BMW 1 Series Coupe”

  1. FreudeKing says:

    Well done BMW. I also agree with the fact that this is a really great car to drive and a really nice looking car.

    Now, why don’t we throw this report in that Reithofer’s face and ask him why he thinks so many owners talk about the perfect driving dynamics of the 1 Series. (the hatch is also amazing to drive). One of the main contributing reason is the rear wheel drive set up… so he can eat his own words about 80% of drivers didn’t know it is RWD, well, almost 100% of the drivers say it is a great car to drive. It makes no difference whether they know what’s behind the perfect driving dynamics such as mutilink suspension, RWD, etc. The fact of the matter is if you bring out a FWD BMW, not only are you trashing decades of tradition that made BMW no.1 today, you are trashing the public’s trust in your product and your promise to give what’s best even though that may mean the customers do not know what is needed to make the best.

    The fact that a customer doesn’t know FWD/RWD, you know the best is RWD, so there is NO EXCUSE to fool the customers just to make some profit and boost your own bonus.

  2. Dallas Ford says:

    Is it really 59 mpg for the 1-series? That’s pretty darn impressive for a high performance car with a good amount of power… That’s a lot higher than Benz I think.

    • FreudeKing says:

      It depends which model have. Obviously the high performance onces like the 135i would have a bit less. BMW’s efficiency is class leading and the level of technology in their vehicles are much higher than that of Merc and Audi.

      BMW introduced Efficient Dynamics more than 4 years ago with a host of features and technology to save fuel and improve efficiency… only two months ago did Audi start to use the same things that BMW introduced almost half a decade ago like copying it start stop, gear indicator, etc. and guess what, they also copied BMW’s naming idea and called their own Natural Efficiency – WHAT A JOKE! I guess Audi will always be the follower and copycat of the premium segment

      • Heddlu_Cymru M5 says:

        Also to Mercedes’s Blue Efficiency…

      • wazon8 says:

        “I guess Audi will always be the follower and copycat of the premium segment” +1. That’s sad fate of brand with no well-defined place on premium market. BMW put on sportiveness, MB put on luxury and it’s pretty hard to find a niche that wouldn’t be filled by these two. All Audi can do is to somehow be in a centre between these two, but in their case it amount to copying their ideas. Another reason why Audi lacks technological originality is – I believe – that VW tries to earn as much as possible on this brand, part of which is of course spending less on research, advertisement and so on. The only non-profitable thing they did is R8, in which they perhaps have seen good advertising for whole brand, expect the fact that both 4.2 litre version was a disaster as a supercar and that there is nearly no evidence that having supercar can help (see BMW growth as the best counterexample).

        • FreudeKing says:

          You forgot to mention the fact that they went as far as taking their VW Polo, change the skin and slap on an Audi badge with an A1 name. It is not surprising that they are finding this A1 a slow seller considering it is priced in the VW Golf range when it is 99% VW Polo. Come on VW, how stupid do you think people are?

          Wait till more people find out about your A3 – Golf and the rest of your unethical business operations…. I think BMW and Merc should start advertising their pedigree and mention Audi badged VWs as well

  3. Mark says:

    Well said. I’d give my 1er (128i) a 4.5/5 rating, it’s so much fun to drive and I’ve never regretted buying it. I recently drove a new 323i and an E46 325i and I like the 1er better than both.

  4. abqhudson says:

    If it had decent tires and a place for a spare, I’d buy one in a minute. As it is, I’ll have to keep my old 2007 and 2002 530s.

  5. Cobb says:

    This is a awesome little car, my wife is after me to buy her one

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