While it's true that the 3 Series and 5 Series vehicles in the BMW tend to get all the attention, that doesn't mean that the 1 Series vehicle - particularly the 2012 BMW 135i - shouldn't also get a fair amount of love, as well. In an automotive world where customers are placing more and more of a premium on smaller cars, the 135i looks even more attractive thanks to its stylish frame and solid fuel economy. But unlike a lot of other compact vehicles on the market, this one is still plenty powerful and plenty fun to drive. All that being true, we here at Center BMW believe the 135i is solid car option for a number of different customers.
The latest 135i packs the same powerful turbocharged, direct-injection V6 that appears in the 3 Series vehicles, and that means folks driving this little beauty can get up to 300 hp out of the engine. Plus, there are plenty of transmission options to pair with that engine, including a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, or seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual. Whatever the choice, this car is incredibly fun to drive, despite its relatively small stature.
But since it's a BMW, this vehicle is also extremely luxurious. Not only does it come in either a coupe or convertible body type, but great standard features provided in the 135i include automatic wipers, cruise control, premium vinyl upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive xenon headlights, a sport-tuned suspension, and a sunroof (for the coupe).
There's also a 135i Sport package that tacks on sport seats, M Sport steering wheel, Shadowline trim, and a higher top speed, but other a la carte options include luxuries like a navigation system and an upgraded Harmon Kardon stereo system.
Whatever luxuries the 1 Series vehicles may offer, it's worth noting that standard safety features also are plentiful on the 135i. Traction control, stability control, antilock disc brakes, hill-start assist (for manual transmissions), and loads of airbags all help keep drivers and passengers safe while inside one of these vehicles. The convertible also features pop-up rollover hoops, and both body types do extremely well in brake testing, coming to a complete stop from 60 mph in only 110 feet. Hopefully, these are the types of safety features that make our customers feel comfortable about driving the 135i, because even in the case of an accident, drivers are perfectly safe. Honestly, we take quite a bit of pride in that fact.
When it's all said and done, we here at Center BMW take a quite a bit of pride in this vehicle as a whole, because the 2012 BMW 135i is just a fantastic luxury compact vehicle that does a little bit of everything. It's got the same power and pick-me-up as a larger car, but it's also fuel efficient. It's small, but it's smooth. It's stylish, but not garish. There is just so much to like about the car that it's hard to keep track, so your best bet to get a sense of the car is to make a trip out to our lot and take one for a test drive. You do that, and chances are you'll love this little car just as much as we do.