BMW 1M Coupe: Long term test

Nick Trott reckons the 1M’s seats don’t offer the level of lateral support you’d expect in an M-car...

BMW 1M Coupe

> Click here for the evo review of the BMW 1M Coupe.

Seats. It’s so difficult to criticise seats because we drivers come in all shapes and sizes, and for every difficult-to-get-comfy wriggler (like me) there’s someone who can settle into the same seat with the blissfulness of a gosling nestling beneath its mother’s wings.

BMW M-cars tend to have wonderful seats. The E36 and E90 M3s’ in particular. But the 1M’s seats, for me, just don’t quite match the rest of the car’s brilliance. Shallow bolsters prevent true lateral support, forcing you to grip the wheel harder, which in turn can force clumsy steering inputs (at least that’s my excuse). I also find the cushioning too flat and unyielding, and the ratio of seat height to steering wheel reach/rake at odds with my build. Basically, when I set the wheel and seat to a position I find comfortable, my line of sight to the top third of the dials is rudely chopped off by the steering wheel rim.

And the extendable thigh support? It does nothing of the sort. The adjustable lumber is mildly effective, but for me the optimum setting is with it almost fully inflated, which pushes me out of the seat, which in turn renders the bolsters even less effective. Arghhh – I can’t win!

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I have the arms of an orangutan and the legs of a squirrel, but I’m 5ft 10in and of medium build, which means I can’t quite understand why I can’t find a suitable driving position (and comfort) in the 1M.

So what does all this posterior postulating mean? Simple. I still adore the 1M, but if I was to keep it forever I’d seriously consider changing the seats to those found in the E90 M3.

> Click here for the evo review of the BMW 1M Coupe.

Running Costs

Date acquiredJune 2011
Total mileage15,800
Costs this month£0
Mileage this month1659
MPG this month25.0

Most Popular

BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?
Crop X5 M Competition
BMW X5 M

BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review – how does the M division’s biggest SUV stack up?

In many ways critically flawed, but there is something oddly captivating about its unerring focus
7 May 2021
Mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all new UK cars after 2022
80mph motorway speed limit
News

Mandatory speed limiters to be fitted to all new UK cars after 2022

The use of mandatory speed limiters and data loggers on all new cars has been approved by the European Parliament, and manufacturers are already makin…
28 Apr 2021
Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head
Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera v Mercedes-AMG
Features

Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head

Which 600bhp wagon is the current super-estate king? It‘s time to find out as the Audi RS6 Avant takes on Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turi…
8 May 2021