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Buying advice: the BMW 1 Series at a glance

Achim Hartmann
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It cannot have been because of the expensive standard equipment of the 1 series that B MW has no more money for Formula 1 . Because even the BMW 120i Cabriolet (here in a comparison test with the Audi A3) expensive at 32,750 euros - the Bavarians deliver without manual air conditioning as standard. They are only available for an additional 980 euros, and those who want the automatic have to pay 560 euros more - by the way, also in the six-cylinder models and the BMW 123d (driving report BMW 123d), which the Bavarians at least allow the air conditioning to be free of charge.

BMW 1 Series: Equipment with costly stumbling blocks

The basic price only marks the beginning of a long column of figures, even if the standard equipment list is a matter of course like 'seat belts (three-point automatic) in front', 'heated rear window' or 'mechanical seat adjustment for driver and front passenger' raves. At least a CD radio with AUX connection get all BMW1 series as standard. There are expensive stumbling blocks lurking on every page of the price list - extravaganzas such as chrome trim on the outside (180 euros), interior trim in cashmere silver (120 euros) or poplar (430 euros), velor floor mats (100 euros), sports steering wheels (from 290 euros) or the keyless entry (600 euros), all of which make the BMW not really better, but significantly more expensive.

Important extras in the BMW 1 Series are air conditioning and bi-xenon headlights

Better to concentrate on the most important extras. The air conditioning should of course not be missing, and if you want your A in a color other than white, black or red, you can't avoid the 660 euros for a metallic paintwork. It is best to also order: complete winter wheels (from 596 euros). The bi-xenon headlights are also particularly recommended, the surcharge of which is still reasonably cheap at 870 euros. If you want to have the useful cornering light, you first have to invest 410 euros and then basically also order the light and rain sensor for 130 euros. Two other safety extras worth considering are the run-flat tires (260 euros, standard for six-cylinder and 123d versions) and, for parents of small children, the Isofix fastenings for the passenger seat(90 euros).

With the BMW 1 Series Convertible, it is worth investing in the parking aid

That is important, but not practical Extras. If you want to connect an MP3 player to the radio, we recommend the USB connection (300 euros), which is only available with the more expensive Radio Professional (210 euros extra). i-Pod owners get away cheaper, the interface for the Apple device costs only 199 euros. The connectivity package for 790 euros includes a USB port and a Bluetooth connection for the mobile phone. Because of the poor all-round visibility - especially with the convertible - it is worth investing in the parking aid with sensors at the front and rear (750 euros). Useful options for the open BMW 3er are also the load compartment through-loading for 260 and the wind deflector for 320 euros.

BMW 1 Series: High cost level for navigation devices

Convertible alloy wheels, Coupé and the BMW 130i and BMW 123d sedan as standard. If you want to put your four-cylinder sedan on aluminum rims instead of mundane steel wheels covered with plastic hubcaps, you can spend 660 to 1,930 euros on it. The costs for the two navigation devices are also at a high level at 1,840 and 2,800 euros. They have been among the best ever since the i-Drive controls associated with them were last revised.

Now a few tips for saving: Even with the normal suspension, the BMW 1 Series is tight enough, the M sports suspension for 340 euros, and neither does active steering (1,300 euros). Sports seats (580 euros) are also unnecessary.

ams recommendation: Air conditioning must be, metallic too. Instead of decorative jewelry, it is better to invest money in xenon lights or navigation

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