I think the main problem people have with the 1 series is the small back seat area. For me it is just what I want but for most they want to transport more people. I also feel that the introduction of new upgrades to the 2012 may help. From what I see it has many of the features, performance wise, that are in the 3 and 5 series. Personally I like the styling and performance features of the new 1 series. Just my TCW.