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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:08 PM
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How is the backseat space compared to an E36?

Searching doesn't turn up much, mostly people saying how tall they are and how tall of a person can sit behind them which is not all that helpful considering we all have different seating positions. I get the impression that the back seat of the 1 series is pretty much unusable except for small children, pets or storage from one group, and then another group of people claiming normal size adults fit fairly comfortable in the back.

I have checked a few car sites, this is what Edmunds has listed for the backseats.

Rear head room 37.1 in.
Rear shoulder room 55.0 in.
Rear leg room 32.0 in.

E36 coupe

Rear head room: 36.6 in.
Rear shoulder room: 52.1 in.
Rear leg room: 32.7 in.

And the e92 3 series coupe

Rear head room 35.8 in.
Rear shoulder room 51.9 in.
Rear leg room 33.7 in.

Anyone here own or owned both that can give a comparison between the E36 coupe and 1s coupe back seat space?


I have been debating between the 135i and 335i coupe to replace my wrecked E36 coupe. I didn't carry passengers very often but had no problems fitting 2 people in the back seat upto about 5'10" in height.
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:15 AM
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I never owned an E36 but I did ride around in one quite a bit that a friend owned. I also owned a 135i.

The back seat is perfectly liveable for around-town. I wouldn't really want to take a long road trip with anyone taller than about 5' in the back mostly because it just wouldn't be too comfortable. However, for my son (who just turned 13) it was perfect. He was starting to have trouble getting in and out of the back seat as he topped 5'3" but once back there he was quite comfy.

Of course, a lot of that has to do with how far back the front seats are, too! For my part, I am 5'10" myself, so about average height and arm reach. Once adjusted for my ideal driving position, my son was easily able to sit behind me and be comfortable. Again though, I wouldn't say it'd be ideal for long drives.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:39 AM
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I didn't have an E36 either, but I regularly transport four grown adults in mine (two ~5'10" men and two ~5'6" women) comfortably around town. Certainly it's not great for long road trips, and getting in and out is cumbersome, but once you're back there it has more leg room than you might expect (and tons of lateral and head room).

Your mileage may vary, of course, but it works pretty well for me.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:46 PM
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I never owned an E36 but I did ride around in one quite a bit that a friend owned. I also owned a 135i.

The back seat is perfectly liveable for around-town. I wouldn't really want to take a long road trip with anyone taller than about 5' in the back mostly because it just wouldn't be too comfortable. However, for my son (who just turned 13) it was perfect. He was starting to have trouble getting in and out of the back seat as he topped 5'3" but once back there he was quite comfy.

Of course, a lot of that has to do with how far back the front seats are, too! For my part, I am 5'10" myself, so about average height and arm reach. Once adjusted for my ideal driving position, my son was easily able to sit behind me and be comfortable. Again though, I wouldn't say it'd be ideal for long drives.

Would you say the backseats are comparable in space between the 2 cars?
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Would you say the backseats are comparable in space between the 2 cars?
Yes, very. With the 1'er getting the nod for headroom due to the tall greenhouse. I think there's a smidge more legroom back there, too... laterally they're about the same. Having sat in the back of both I think the back of the seat is a little more upright in the 1'er, but not uncomfortably so.
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:29 PM
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Yes, very. With the 1'er getting the nod for headroom due to the tall greenhouse. I think there's a smidge more legroom back there, too... laterally they're about the same. Having sat in the back of both I think the back of the seat is a little more upright in the 1'er, but not uncomfortably so.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:21 PM
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I have an e36 and am waiting for my 128 to be shipped after taking European Delivery at the end of last month. I got feedback from the back seat while test driving that there was not as much legroom as in the e36 but I don't think the difference is huge. It may be because I had the manual front seat in the 128 down low so the power seats in the e36 may have given more toe room underneath.
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Old 10-11-2013, 07:31 PM
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I've owned both, and the E36 back seat is noticeably larger than the 128. It's not a huge difference, but it is significant, IMO. Also, roll down windows are really nice for back seat passengers.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:47 PM
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Looking at dimensions can be confusing because they measure with the front seat all the way back. My e88 will put the back seat within a couple inches of the back seat if I move it all the way back. I'm 6'2" with a 34 inseam and I wouldn't drive the car that way. But my comfortable position is far enough back that I don't regularly put anybody behind me. I have but I usually do not. But by juggling the legroom between the front and back seats, I have repeatedly put my 5'9" wife or daughter behind my 6'4" son in the passengers front seat. He's closer to the dash than he wants to be but it works fine for short trips. After the newness of the bimmer wore off, we started to use my 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara instead, however.

The back seat is very useful for carrying extra things and for occasional use with people in my family. But if you are average height, it would work significantly better. It's still a little hard getting into and out of 2 door cars, even when you fit, however. That's one of the reasons we use the SUV.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:25 PM
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I had an e36 m3/4 for 7 years and have a 128i now.

The e36 sedan has a slight edge in terms of leg space, and imo the width is a little better. Overall they are very similar, but the e36 definitely felt larger in the rear (mainly because there were 2 extra doors). I've only been in an e36 coupe a couple of times, and would imagine the rear headroom on the e82 will definitely be better than an e36 coupe, but not as much difference with the e36 sedan.

You can't go wrong with an e82, it's got the most similar dimensions and driving feel to the e36 out of all the current BMWs. Even more so if you go with the 128i. I considered going with the FRS/BRZ but found the rear seat in that car for young kids only. My girlfriend who's 5'3" could barely fit back there, and this was with the front seat moved up as much as possible.
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