REVIEWS: 2011 BMW 128i Coupe

November 3, 2010
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To me, in terms of performance, the BMW 128i makes more sense than 135i. Power doesn't come as easy or quickly as it does in the 135i, but the manual is so rewarding that I actually prefer having to downshift to get into the most out of the normally aspirated 3.0-liter engine. Plus, it still has all the other qualities-excellent ride and handling balance, perfectly weighted steering, attractively trimmed interior-that the turbo 1-series has, at a savings of almost $7000 and 2 mpg improvement in city driving.
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Side View Driver
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor
I just love the 1-series. Not much to add since the last time we had one come through...when these keys show up on my desk, I get a spring in my step heading to the garage. I just think this is such a fun little car.
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Front View
Matt Tierney, Art Director
I'm of two minds when it comes to the 128i. On the one hand, we're talking about distilled BMW goodness for about $30,000. Rear-wheel drive, inline six, and low weight (for these days, anyway). Then there's the prestige that comes from wearing that propeller badge. What's not to like? On the other hand, $30,000 can buy far more powerful (Ford Mustang GT), better handling (Nissan 370Z), and better looking (both, in my opinion) sports coupes. The 128i is admittedly more refined than either of those brawlers, and it's hardly slow. Nonetheless, I find it easier to love the more expensive 135i, which makes even less sense on paper but overwhelms the senses with its tire squealing intensity.
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Front Three Quarters View
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor
2011 BMW 128i Coupe
2010 BMW 128i Coupe Front View
Base price (with destination): $30,025
Price as tested: $32,775
Standard Equipment:
3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine
6-speed manual transmission
Dynamic stability control
Dynamic traction control
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Heated power mirrors and heated windshield washer jets
Cruise control
Rain-sensing wipers
Tire pressure monitoring system
AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player audio system
Auxiliary audio input
HD radio
Adaptive brake lights
Options on this vehicle:
Sport package -- $1300
17-inch alloy star-spoke wheels
Sport seats
Sport suspension
Sedona Red metallic exterior paint -- $550
Heated front seats -- $500
iPod and USB adapter -- $400
Key options not on vehicle:
Premium package -- $2650
M Sport package -- $2450
Convenience package -- $1650
Cold weather package -- $900
Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
18 / 28 / 22 mpg
Engine:
Size: 3.0L DOHC I-6
Horsepower: 230 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 200 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm
Drive: Rear-wheel
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Unladen weight: 3252 lb
Wheels/tires: 17-inch alloy wheels 225/45R17 Bridgestone Potenza performance tires

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