In creating the 1-series, BMW took all the charisma and performance capability of the exceptional 3-series and distilled it into a smaller package. The 135i's compact size makes its ride a bit more harshly over large road heaves but it also increases the sensation of the car being shrink-wrapped around you, even more so than its brilliant big brother. Like the 3, the engine in the 135i is what makes it a world-class sports car. The 3.0-liter turbo six is exceptionally smooth and provides near instantaneous thrust whenever called upon. But it does seem like overkill in this small car, so if I were looking to buy a 1-series I would probably choose the 128i. It looses 70 horsepower and 100-lb-ft of torque but it's $5000 cheaper and still provides more than enough power to move this car with authority.
- Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor
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