Used BMW 1-Series M Coupe (2011 - 2011) Comfort

Review by Simon McBride on
Last Updated: 26 May 2011
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BMW claims its 1-Series M Coupe is the spiritual successor to the first M3, the legendary 'E30' from the Eighties. Those are strong words, since that model is widely regarded as one of the best cars ever to come from BMW's performance and motorsport wing, the 'M' Division.

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

This car is a perfectly capable cruiser but if you decide it's time to have some fun you will be greeted by glorious pops and crackles from the six-cylinder engine when you up- and down-shift. For enthusiasts the sound is pure gold, but it's not so loud that it becomes irritating. Road, wind and tyre noise don’t intrude into the cabin too much but because the exhaust note is a joy to behold BMW has been very careful not to rein it in too much.

Up front the seats are well bolstered and have great side supports holding you firmly in place when cornering. The rear has an ample amount of room even for those over six feet tall. Entering and exiting the rear seats is a little tricky but chances are it'll be rare that there'll be more than two people in this car for any length of time. The ride is compliant and not overly stiff but remember to turn the 'M' button off to get maximum comfort through towns or urban areas.

4 out of 5

Practicality

Thanks to its coupe shape the 1M is actually more practical than the 1-Series in three-door and five-door hatchback guises. The boot has a maximum of 370 litres with the rear seats in place whereas the normal 1-Series hatch has only got a loadspace of 330 litres. The boot will easily take three or four soft bags, which is plenty for a weekend away. On the inside there are a good number of cubbies, but the central drinks holder is in an awkward place when you have the armrest ‘flat’ – a 500ml bottle will not stand straight thanks to the close proximity of the armrest.

The door pockets could also be a little wider, but these are minor points.

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Behind the wheel

From the instant you sit in the cabin there’s an upmarket feel, plus the sporty emphasis coming from the M badging. The soft plastics and the black leather with the orange stitching work really well. The effect gives the driver a sporty feel without being over the top – it’s a nice balance. The ‘M’ button on the steering wheel gives a hint of what the car can achieve when switched on.

It’s an accomplished cabin with subtle hints that you are driving an ‘M’ car. All-round visibility is very good making parking easy and the standard fitment of Park Distance Control makes reverse parking a cinch.