Having driven the 120i Cabrio for a number of miles we can only say that its most interesting and catchy feature was bound to be the convertible roof. There can't be any other possible reason for someone to buy a 120i Cabrio instead of its coupe or hatchback sibling. Apart from visibility there couldn't be any other plausible or practical basis behind someone's decision to choose the topless version of the BMW 1-Series. The joy of open top motoring is simply unquantifiable, and in the world of premium entry-level convertibles, the 120i is simply one of the best. In other words, its best feature is obviously its most observable: the cabriolet roof.
The coupe version of the 1-Series would get even lower marks in this department but the Cabrio isn't that far either. We think that the two rear seats were put there just for the rare case when your two hobbit friends need a ride. They're not exactly unusable, but you'd have to be a real masochist to sit on them for a longer period of time. For the rest of the time, their best use would be that of carrying the extra shopping bags that didn't fit in the rather unpractical luggage compartment.
The ugly part about our test drive had to be the high-revving, almost torque-less engine. Don't get us wrong, we weren't born in a 500 hp turbocharged supercar to judge every other car since then by its standards, but the two-liter mill under the hood would need constant winding up in order to provide a more pleasurable drive. If you drive it like a Sunday driver all the time, admiring the scenery with the top down you'll be fine, but if you really want the sportiness of a BMW you need to rev it more than other cars with comparable horsepower. Continue reading