The smallest BMW in the 2012 line-up at 172.2 inches in length, the 1 Series comes in either a coupe or Cabrio body style. Trimmed as either a 128i or 135i, the four-passenger compact car features the BMW design with refreshed exterior lighting and paint colors. On the 2012 BMW 128i models, a 3-liter inline-6 engine propels the vehicle with 230 horsepower. Offered with 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, standard equipment on the BMW 128i includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and HD Radio with an iPod/USB connection. Powered by 300-horsepower, the 2012 BMW 135i models are upgraded with 17-inch light alloy wheels, sport package suspension and 8-way power front seats. Available only in a hardtop version, the 1 Series M Coupe for 2012 features a host of performance and handling improvements over the BMW 135i model. Bumping engine power to 335 horsepower through the use of a twin-turbocharged 3-liter inline-6 engine, other 2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe advancements include special exterior modifications, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission and variable M differential lock. The high-performance 1 Series M Coupe delivers 0-62 miles per hour acceleration in 4.9 seconds.Read more Read less
BMW's compact 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models carry into 2012 with minor changes. Most notably, the front end design has been rethought, with new fog light housings and the application of BMW's Air Curtain feature, which uses special front-end ducting to help improve front-end aerodynamics. Introduced first on the 1-Series M coupe, it's now standard on the 128i.
Performance; responsive DCT gearbox; excellent steering and handling; affordability; convertible's well-designed soft-top
The 135i Coupe and Convertible might be among the more affordable BMW models, but they offer one of BMW's best gearboxes--the available 7-speed dual-clutch DCT. The 1-Series' unencumbered driving feel will certainly be appealing to those who enjoy a curvy road. Like much of BMW's lineup, the 1-Series is among the best-handling vehicles in its class. The 128i coupe's starting base price is a low (for a BMW) $29,450.