1 series suitability for family of 4

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1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by npr » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:16 pm

Hi, have found website really useful and enjoyable. Could you please let me know if any of you have a 1 series as your only family car and if ok to live with? Or is it too small? There is 4 of us. My wife, me and 2 boys (14 & 12). I'm about 5' 10, my 14 year old a bit taller (already too tall for a Merc A class or CLA). My other alternative I,m thinking of is used 320i.
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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by rm1 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:20 pm

better off with a 3 series with a growing family.

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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by texasjohn » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:30 pm

I've had a couple of 5 door one series as our only car. At one point we had a single baby and the next time I owned a couple of one series, a toddler and a baby. It works, just about, with folding type pushchairs. Once the children can walk, you don't need to carry all the pushchair stuff around.

I appreciate your children are older but... My mate borrowed my car to go on holiday (we both had company cars and swapped, I had his Megane Convertible for a week). He took his wife, his lad (who was about 15 at the time) and the lad's friend, so four of them plus luggage. He said it was fine for the four of them for the week. They packed relatively light!

I never had a roofbox for the one series during my ownership, by the way.

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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by GeoffCollins » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:31 pm

npr wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:16 pm
Hi, have found website really useful and enjoyable. Could you please let me know if any of you have a 1 series as your only family car and if ok to live with? Or is it too small? There is 4 of us. My wife, me and 2 boys (14 & 12). I'm about 5' 10, my 14 year old a bit taller (already too tall for a Merc A class or CLA). My other alternative I,m thinking of is used 320i.
Many thanks

P.s. I plan on testing both but would value your honest feedback.
Rear legroom isn't fantastic with the 1er's so the 3 series would probably be more appropriate for the job :(
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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by texasjohn » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:34 pm

Can't disagree with the comments regards 3 series being more appropriate though!

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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by BFleming » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:40 pm

We are a family of 4, I'm 6ft & my boys are 6ft and 6ft 3. We all fit in the F20 1 series just fine. We also have an E90 LCI 3 series, and that has more rear legroom. The boot space in the E90 is probably bigger than the F20, but the F20 has a better-shaped boot.
I am passively looking for a F20 5 series to replace the E90, as that's going to be all the space we need for the foreseeable future, but for now the E90 does just fine.

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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by Adamchase » Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:23 pm

Definitely not suitable.
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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by Ktmpedro220 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:14 pm

+1. Not suitable.

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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by JacksonGee » Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:17 pm

2 adults and two kids in baby seats wouldn't be advisable if you're around the 6ft mark, depending on the baby seats of course.

The baby seats I have take up quite a lot of room and don't leave enough movement in the drivers seat for me to get comfy (5dr).

If it's two adults and two kids in booster seats or two teenagers then I'd say you'd be fine.

Personally I'd try both 1 and 3 series cars and if there's not much pull towards the 1 over the 3 then go with the 3, else get a 1 and put up with the smaller footprint :)
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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by Barney McGrew » Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:07 pm

With your kids already in their teens you should be absolutely fine in a 1 series, but as above the 3 is probably better suited if you'll be on longer journeys with everyone for hours on end.

If you'll only have one car though and really need practicality I'd be tempted to go the whole hog and go for an SUV.

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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by msej449 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:16 pm

The rear of a 3 Series Touring (this is a 2013, 330d xDrive) with panoramic roof and heated seats is quite a comfortable place to be on a long journey:

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and the front isn't bad either:

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but I replaced this with an M235i Convertible, and I don't miss the space. Although my passengers probably do :) So it may be a case of what do you want, versus what would your family like? Which is always a tricky one to answer.

I regularly give lifts to people in my 2-Door 2 Series but I can imagine a long ride would be tiresome, unless the top was down of course, in which case it would be cool both literally and metaphorically. You may find your children forgive you the reduced space if you were to go for a 'vert in which they could pose from time to time.

In terms of practicality, I had three young kids in our first car so would be inclined to say that a 1 Series is entirely practical for a family by comparison:

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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by spl23 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:38 pm

Snap! My first car was a 1973 Austin 1300 like that - I inherited it from my grandmother when it was 15 years old and falling to bits. Didn't stop me travelling the length and breadth of the country in it, never exceeding 50mph, as that was about its limit unless you were going downhill.

Mine also had the "luxury" hand-pumped screenwash. And an electric rear-window demister which I discovered had been wired incorrectly in the factory so that the demister was on all the time; all the switch controlling it did was to turn the little green light on and off!

And while it was owned by my grandmother, my parents would occasionally borrow it and cart myself and my brother around in the back to stay with various relatives. We managed, even though the boot was basically nonexistent...
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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by RONHULLOCK » Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:01 pm

The f series is a better car all round than the e cars were for a family,I’ve had both and had no probs on a family holiday/days out/general running around.

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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by npr » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:04 pm

Thank you all. That is helpful. Hopefully the dealer will be able to get hold of both cars for a test drive and then may well come back with more questions.

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Re: 1 series suitability for family of 4

Post by BMW_120 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:39 pm

The 1-series is definitely too small. It's "fine" but if you plan to keep it for a while, the space at the back especially will become a pain.
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