Body: Convertible Year: 09/59
Fuel Type: Petrol
Quote Reference Number: 0NR-506287
- Insurance Group24E
- Performance (BHP)143
- Number of Seats4
- CO2 (g/km)153
- Road Tax£195
Tom Garratt, CMA General Manager
- Alloy Wheels
|Windscreen washer jets|
|Windscreen wipers with adjustable interval|
|Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap all round|
|Electronic brake force distribution|
|DSC-Dynamic Stability Control|
|CBC - (Cornering brake control)|
|Dynamic brake control|
|Dynamic Traction Control - DTC|
|Engine start/stop button|
|On board computer|
|Lights on warning|
|Service interval indicator|
|Oil level indicator|
|Outside temperature display|
|Run flat tyre indicator|
|On-board diagnosis - OBD|
|Body colour electrically adjustable aspherical door mirrors|
|Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Body colour door handles|
|Body coloured bumper strips|
|Oval exhaust pipe|
|Body coloured bumpers|
|Electro hydraulic fully automatic soft top|
|Kidney grille with black vertical slats|
|Brake force display|
|Reach + rake adjustable steering column|
|Load restraint lashing eyes|
|Toolkit located in luggage compartment|
|Battery in luggage with jump start facility|
|Black door sill finishers with BMW designation|
|Handbrake and gear lever in sensatec|
|12V power socket in centre console|
|Front/rear courtesy lights with soft on/off dimming|
|Driver/Passenger airbags (Impact dependent)|
|Front side airbags|
|Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts|
|Occupancy sensor for passenger seat|
|3 point inertia reel seatbelts on front seats|
|Seat belt force limiter|
|Warning triangle and first aid kit|
|2 rear 3 point inertia reel seatbelts|
|Front head restraints|
|Isofix rear child seat fastenings|
|Front passenger isofix child seat attachment|
|Rear seat easy access|
|Rear adjustable/removable head restraints|
|Remote central locking|
|Remote alarm system/immobiliser|
|Centre lock switch|
|Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors|
The specification listed for this vehicle was standard when purchased new. The actual specification may vary, for confirmation, please contact our sales department.
Ten Second Review
A true soft top (no weighty folding metal roof) that looks better than its Coupe sibling, it's easy to understand the appeal of the 1 Series Convertible. As long as you can afford the usual high BMW up-front prices, the rest of the story is largely all good news. The engaging rear-drive chassis remains a strong draw and the latest model improves the package still further with styling tweaks, more equipment and even greater efficiency.
To the victor the spoils. The premium compact hatch segment had established itself quite nicely when BMW upset the apple cart, launching the 1 Series Coupe and Convertible. It was the drop top car that really set things moving, proving an instant sales hit. Audi's A3 Convertible repeated the concept but BMW had a decent head start. Many thought it would cannibalise sales from the 3 Series Convertible but BMW played smart, fitting the 1 with a traditional fabric roof and letting the plusher 3 Series do the whole metal top origami thing. In order to consolidate its position as the aspirational small convertible, BMW has treated the 1 Series to a few tweaks and refinements. It remains the standard by which all the other compact cabrios with class are judged.
All 1 Series Convertibles are respectably quick, even the entry-level 118i reaching sixty in 9.0s on the way to 130mph. The flagship 135i almost halves this acceleration figure and is only restrained by its electronic limiter at 155mph. Being rear wheel drive, the 1 Series is always going to be the default driver's choice in this segment, though we're not huge fans of the electronic power steering fitted to all variants except the flagship 135i. It operates on an 'on demand' basis, reducing engine output normally needed to power the steering hydraulics. Buyers choose between either six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. Steering wheel-mounted paddles enabling manual shifts of the auto 'box are standard on 135i cars and optional on 125i models. 135i customers get BMW's electronic differential lock which electronically slows the spinning inside rear wheel to enhance vehicle traction when the car is accelerating hard out of corners or tight bends and ensure that all available power is transferred to the road. Should you be unfortunate enough to be about to roll your car roof-down, a sensor will register the imminent danger and, alongside the relevant airbag deployment, two roll-over bars will extend from behind the rear seats in a fraction of a second to protect the safety cell.
Design and Build
The 1 Series Coupe features a fabric roof that opens or closes in 22 seconds, and at speeds of up to 25mph. The roof material is available in classic black, beige or, as a world first, an innovative anthracite silver fleck which is a fabric material interwoven with fine shiny metallic fibres. The latest 1 Series gets a revised front bumper with redesigned fog lights and Halogen headlights with an 'eyebrow' element. When Xenon headlights are specified this 'eyebrow' element features an LED illuminated light bar. The rear lights have also been modified. Buyers of ES, SE and Sport models also get the Aero Curtain feature. This routes air through two ducts in the front apron and jets it out of the wheelarch, shrouding the front wheels, reducing drag and improving efficiency. Clever stuff. Inside, BMW reckons that there's space for four occupants, though the cabin isn't as large as that of, say, a convertible Audi A4 or Saab 9-3. Still, there's a useful 305 litres of boot space with the roof up which shrinks to 260 litres with it stowed. A thoughtful touch is a 'convertible' setting for the air conditioning when the roof is down.
Market and Model
Based on the 1 Series Coupe, the Convertible offers a similar range of engines. The two models share 143bhp 118d, 177bhp 120d, 170bhp 120i, 204bhp 123d, 218bhp 125i and 306bhp 135i units, a line up to which the Convertible adds an entry-level 143bhp petrol 118i derivative. No word yet on a drop top version of the awesome 1 Series M Coupe. In common with Coupe models, purchasers of 135i Convertibles receive the M Sport aerodynamic package as standard. This includes twin black-chrome exhaust tailpipes, a unique M aerodynamic package, M Sport suspension with 135i-specific calibration, hydraulic power-assisted steering, rear spoiler and an uprated high-performance braking system. . Leather upholstery with BMW's clever 'SunReflective Leather Technology' to prevent the seats from over-heating in hot weather should prove a popular option. This uses 'cool pigments' during production to reflect infra-red rays of sunlight. The result is a reduction in the surface temperature of the seat surfaces by up to 20 degrees Celsius when compared to conventional leather upholstery.
Cost of Ownership
As with all of the premium brands, you have to offset high initial asking prices with low depreciation. Since most cars of this type are bought on leases, this process will be done for you. All 1 Series Convertible models benefit from BMW's EfficientDynamics programme that makes them comfortably greener and more fuel efficient than their rivals. For example, Brake Energy Regeneration uses intelligent Alternator Control and an Absorbent Glass Matt battery to harness engine power that would normally have been lost during engine over-run or braking. And there's an Auto Start-Stop system that cuts the engine in urban traffic when the gear is deselected and the clutch pedal raised. The result of all this is that this BMW will cost you significantly less to run than, say, an Audi A4 or Saab 9-3 drop-top and not much more than a cabrio based on a cheaper, more mainstream family hatchback - say a Volkswagen Eos or a Ford Focus CC. Carbon dioxide emissions have been lowered still further with the latest car, a 1180d Convertible now emitting 118g/km while all 2.0-litre petrol versions have CO2 emissions of 155g/km or below.
Floor mats, Windscreen washer jets, ABS, Engine start/stop button, On board computer, Body colour electrically adjustable aspherical door mirrors, Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices, Body colour door handles...
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||9.3|
|Engine Power - BHP||143|
|Engine Power - KW||105|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||6000|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||140|
|Engine Torque - MKG||19.4|
|Engine Torque - NM||190|
|Engine Torque - RPM||4250|
|Emissions - ICE|
|CO2 (g/km)||152 (g/km)|
|Noise Level dB(A)||72|
|Standard Euro Emissions||EURO 5|
|Fuel Consumption - ICE|
|EC Combined (mpg)||43.5|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg)||52.3|
|EC Urban (mpg)||33.6|
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