The BMW 1 Series has spanned for over a decade, and during its time has had many iterations, facelifts, make-overs and so on. This is a little guide to help current, new and prospected owners, tell which 1 series generation is which.
2004 - 2007 The E87 5 Door
2007-2011 The E87 5 Door Facelift
2007 - 2011 The E81 (Only came in facelift)
2007 - 2013 The E82 1 Series Coupe (Only came in facelift)
2007 - 2013 The E88 1 Series Convertible (Only came in facelift)
2011 - 2015 The F20 5 Door
2015 - TBA The F20 5 Door LCI
2012 - 2015 The F21 3 Door
2015 - TBA The F21 3 Door LCI
Please note - Not all trim levels are the same. Shown here are SE, Sport and M Sport trim levels.