2012 BMW 135i Coupe Review
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Good performance, however, does have its drawbacks. Available as a coupe or convertible, the BMW 1-Series isn’t the roomiest option on the market: The rear seats are cramped and the trunk maxes out at 10 cubic feet with the coupe. Also, the BMW 1-Series has some of the worst fuel economy ratings in the class. Combined with premium fuel requirements and ratings as low as 18/25 mpg city/highway on the 2011 135i, you’ll pay a lot to fill up this bad boy. In addition to being fuel thirsty, the BMW 1-Series is also one of the most expensive cars in its class. BMW hasn’t released pricing for the 2012 models, but the 2011 128i starts at about $31,000 and the 2011 135i costs about $39,100.
The BMW 1-Series comes down to one thing: performance. It is is one of the most powerful, fun-to-drive, sports car-like models in its class. So, if you’re looking for something that spices up boring commutes to the office and grocery store, the BMW 1-Series is your best option. It’s available with a 3.0-liter inline-six engine on the base 128i. There’s also a turbocharged option on the 135i that reviewers consider top-notch.
Many writers say that the 3-Series is a good alternative if you want something bigger, but warn shoppers not to turn their noses up at the BMW 1-Series just because it’s petite. "It would be easy to dismiss the 2011 BMW 1 Series as the baby BMW that people buy because they can't pony up for a 3 Series,” says Edmunds. “You could also claim it's just a dumpy-looking coupe that costs too much money. But spend some time with the 1-Series and you'll find it has an irrepressible, playful character that brings sheer joy to the driving experience. Indeed, while the 1-Series coupe and convertible aren't the most inspirational BMW models, they are wickedly fun and surprisingly refined little cars worthy of the BMW badge."