I have to be honest, when the first few photos of the 1 series started surfacing I did think it was awkward looking and called it ugly.
Now, I must say that my opinion has changed and when I look at it now IMO it really resembles an e46. It looks like what the 3 series would have evolved to if BMW had continued with the e46 look, especially from the front. I might be wrong but this is what I see when I look at it. And since I am a fan of the e46, I can not continue to call the car ugly. I think it looks very nice. It is a little too small for me but it is not a bad looking car.