The new single-turbocharged engine turns the 135i into a little hot rod, and it seems to have a bit more torque lower down, where we use most of it in everyday driving. Mileage estimates for the manual 328i and all versions of the 335i sedan remain unchanged. Combine this with its strong reputation and a brand cachet that companies like Audi, Cadillac and Infiniti haven't achieved, and it seems untouchable. Power is never short in the 1-Series, with the 128i generating 230 horsepower from its naturally-aspirated 3. It uses two clutches, one to hold the current gear and one to ready the next, so shifts are almost seamless. But if you like straight-line thrills along with your corner-carving machine, the 300-hp turbocharged 3. The 1 Series remains a small car overall, about 2 inches shorter and narrower than a Scion tC.
Leg room is reduced by three-quarters of an inch, and head room by just 0. I tested all these versions. We found the 1 Series Convertible impressively solid in both the 128i and 135i. Having tried iDrive numerous times, we're used to it and not entirely annoyed, but many drivers find it overly complicated. Skip to details on the: Exterior Visual updates for 2012 affect the 128i more than the 135i.
The Detroit automaker has recalled certain Captiva Sport models for an issue with its parking brake cable. Even Porsche's conspicuous start-stop feature is better than this. Premium fuel is recommended for all models. It's hard to tell, but power is perhaps more responsive at low speeds, though not quite as willing as speeds and revs increase. Remote keyless entry is also an available option, and part of the Convenience Package. The trim level determines the number and finish of the grille slats, with gloss black designating Sport, and chrome trim demarcating Luxury. Put the top down on the convertible models, and the flared shoulder line that's shared with the coupes seems to form a single surface that surrounds the interior, like the deck of a small boat.
This car was my favorite and to many people, it was a sweet sweet eye candy. The floor is high enough to raise your knees more than I appreciate, but short trips — and shorter passengers — should be fine. Outboard of the fog lights, vertical slats improve air flow around the fenders, enhancing the car's aerodynamics. Of its type, it's well-executed. Outboard of the fog lights, vertical slats improve air flow around the fenders, enhancing the car's aerodynamics. The 128i features standard 17-inch wheels with all-season tires, and the M Sport and Sport packages offer wheel upgrades, sport suspension, trim accents, and other style enhancements. And so it has always been.
The 128i is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, while the 135i can be had with a seven-speed dual-clutch in place of the automatic. For maximum efficiency, there is the Eco Pro mode that will damp the first 70 percent of your throttle input, optimize the car's accessory power draw, plus provide a visual guide on the instrument panel to assist you in minimizing fuel consumption per mile. The 135i is covered separately in Cars. The sportier settings can make the shifts a bit abrupt. For comparison, the most efficient versions of the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are rated 25 mpg, despite their lesser power.
Interior refinements include minor design upgrades to enhance overall quality and luxury feel. A pass-through split-folding rear seat offers more cargo space for longer or larger items, while the trunk itself is fairly roomy, even in convertible models. The 135i is powered by a turbocharged 3. It allows you to cycle through the various modes without pushing a bunch of separate buttons. New for 2012 is the 1 Series M Coupe, a high-performance version that can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.
While direct-injection engines perform well, their mechanical sound is often raucous. If that isn't enough, consider stepping up to the 300-hp, turbocharged 135i, which is covered separately in the Cars. The losses in rear-seat room are more consequential, where shoulder room contracts by nearly a foot. In extreme situations, the 1 Series M can enter an overboost mode to crank out 369 pounds-feet of torque horsepower remains the same. The trim on the lower air intakes also varies among the three. There are Sport, Luxury and Modern packages, each with their own interior and exterior trim details. Top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph or 149 mph with the Sport Package.
The way the headlight assemblies flow into the more three-dimensional grilles gives the car a broad look that belies a slight decrease in width compared with the 2011. Both versions require some time to learn, but the system in the 1 Series is a little more daunting. Drag coefficient on the 128i Coupe is 0. The 3 Series sells almost as many units annually as the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class combined, and I see no reason to expect a change. In many ways, the 1 Series is nothing more or less than a scaled-down version of the 3 Series, with similar looks, similar equipment and similar performance and handling. On the street, the 1-Series is impressive, handling with balance and poise, a noticeable but not excessive amount of body roll, high overall grip, and ready acceleration. Continental ContiSport Contact and Pirelli Cinturato tires were also fitted to test cars; multiple brands are supplying original-equipment rubber.
It operates at speeds up to 25 mph. The federally mandated tire-pressure monitor is standard. Imitation-metal trim also blows the base 3's cover, but the finishes are otherwise high-quality. The Sport Line has sport front seats with more prominent side bolsters. The 335i is smoother than the 328i, but neither compares to the smoothness we've come to expect from hybrids. A premium package for interior upgrades includes wood and aluminum trim, auto-dimming mirrors with compass, and a universal garage door opener. This is a car i would recommend buying for anyone.