Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The 1-Series hatchback was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating for occupant protection. The convertible version has not been tested separately, though would be expected to perform similarly. It's very well kitted-out in terms of safety equipment with four airbags as standard. Should the car roll, then sensors trigger roll-over hoops, that pop-up in the blink of an eye - much in the same way as airbags work.

The electric folding roof can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 30mph, which is ideal if you get caught in a rain shower in town. It looks elegant when it's folded away, concealed under a tonneau cover, but it's not quick - opening takes 22 seconds. Unlike some other small convertibles, the 1-Series uses a fabric roof, which means less space is taken up for the mechanism freeing up boot space.

The boot itself isn't huge - it would suit the needs of a couple better than those of a small family.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 1-Series Convertible (08-13).

  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
ES optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sports seats

Exclusive Edition equipment

Exclusive Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Leather seat trim
Exclusive Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sports seats

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Front fog lights

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
SE optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Sports seats

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
None available

Sport Plus Edition equipment

Sport Plus Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
Sport Plus Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors