Just as folk in the Old World were ahead of the curve with the first-generation BMW 1 Series, so it is with the second (factory code F20). This version is bigger and more spacious than the car it succeeds, and is available as a five-door hatchback (again). Many of the Euro-friendly engine choices remain, like a 1.6-liter four and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, while efficiencies like the start/stop function help fuel consumption. However, New World buyers will have to be content with the current crop of coupes and convertibles (E82 and E88), and their creamy six-cylinder engines. At least for the foreseeable future.