2011 BMW 1 Series M - Edmunds Ratings

2011 BMW 1 Series M Base (3.0L 6-cyl. Twin-turbo 6-speed Manual)
Date Driven: 6/1/2011
Performance When it comes to acceleration the M Coupe is as quick as an M3 to 60 mph. After that it falls off some but the difference in the quarter-mile is small. In other words, this is a very rapid car -- more than enough for most enthusiasts.
Driving Dynamics The M Coupe's chassis is awesome. It utilizes the wide, sticky tires from the M3 Competition package as well as M3 brakes and suspension components, yet it weighs less than that car. Handling is stellar. Braking is also a strength of M Coupe.
Ride Comfort Enthusiasts will likely take no issue with the M Coupe's ride quality as it makes a willing compromise for most. Still, don't buy this car for comfort. On the grand scale it falls on the stiff side.
Quietness Road, wind and engine noise are all average in the M Coupe.
Ergonomics Typical BMW here. Some functions require knowing this company's standards but nothing is difficult to decipher. Seats are very adjustable and quite comfortable so achieving workable driving position should be doable for drivers of any size.
Visibility In general, because of its upright canopy, seating position and short overhangs, the M Coupe offers good visibility. Rear-quarter visibility is adeqaute.
Seat Access & Space This is a small car and its space is accordingly small. Front seating is fine for all but massive mutants. Rear-seat space is hopeless for all but small children.
Cargo & Storage Again, this is a small car and its storage and cargo are aligned with its overall dimensions. Rear seats are split-folding.
Build Quality This is a small performance car built by a luxury carmaker which, in general, makes few quality missteps. Body panels have even gaps, interior bits align and are of high quality. It's well built.

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