(BMW E81, E82, E87, E88)
When the BMW 1 Series launches in 2004, the compact class car immediately becomes the front runner in so many respects. The vehicle boasts the typical characteristics of a BMW such as driving pleasure, high-quality engines, and precise driving dynamics, plus the option to add high-end features such as an iDrive system.
But the BMW 1 Series sets the bar even higher. It has the longest wheelbase in its class, with short front and rear overhangs and is the first vehicle in its segment to feature a two-stage brake light. It stands out thanks to a particularly harmonious combination of sporty driving characteristics and long-distance traveling comfort. Agility and steering precision make driving a real pleasure – not only on winding country roads but also in the city.
In 2007, the BMW 1 series is given a facelift with light rings as daytime running lights, an even more dynamic front and rear design and EfficientDynamics, which includes an automatic start/stop function. At the end of 2007, the BMW 1 Series Coupé is launched, followed shortly afterwards by the BMW 1 Series Convertible. They continue to be built until the end of 2013, when they are replaced by the BMW 2 Series in 2014.
Production period: 2004–2013
Engines: 1.6–3.0 litres (85–250 kW, 116–340 hp), 4- & 6-cylinder
Length/width/height: 4,227–4,380 mm/1,748–1,803 mm/1,411–1,430 mm