BMW 135i: Luxury On A Budget

BMW’s 1 Series cars show that one does not have to spend a fortune in order to buy a new luxury car. The BMW 135i is the top of the line 1 Series sold around the world, and offers many of the same features found on BMW’s higher end, more expensive models. Unlike the rest of its cars, the BMW 135i is a small luxury car, perfect for someone living or driving in the city, or if someone desires getting into a BMW for an affordable price.


Do not let the small size of the BMW 135i fool you; there is some serious performance under the hood. The 135i comes standard with a quick shifting six speed manual transmission mated to a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine, capable of producing an impressive 300 horsepower. The suspension is classic BMW; firm with great feel of the road so the driver always feels in control of the car no matter the conditions. Many of the suspension components are made of aluminum, which is lighter than steel while still being just as strong, leading to even better handling.
The 135i also features BMW’s latest generation Dynamic Stability Control, which includes traction control and a wide range of braking assists including automatic brake drying, Dynamic Brake Control and BMW’s newest brake technology; Brake Fade Compensation. All of these assists keep the driver focused on the road instead of controlling the car on the limit. A sophisticated on board computer system keeps the driver up to date on any issues with the car in real time, and provides ample warning to the driver in order to remedy any issues.

Interior and Exterior Styling

Like all BMW cars, the 135i has impressive interior and exterior styling and design. The eight-way power seats have driver memory for both the seating position and mirror adjustments. This allows multiple people to drive the car without having to constantly fumble with the seat and mirror adjustments. A 2-way power glass moon roof opens and closes with just one touch and features a sliding sun shade. BMW’s steering wheels have always been top of the line. The 135i’s is no exception and features audio and hands free cell phone controls, keeping the driver’s hands on the wheel instead of being distracted by buttons and dials. Real leather upholstery and wood trim finish complete a very impressive interior. The exterior styling and features are impressive as well. The V Spoke alloy wheels are stylish and light and have run flat tires mounted on them. Styling accents include black chrome tailpipe tips, an aerodynamic kit including a rear spoiler, dual heated power mirrors and heated windshield washer jets. The washer jets are improved on the 2012 model and are great for keeping ice off the headlights, ensuring maximum visibility in icy weather.

Bottom Line

Even though the BMW 135i might seem small and not so expensive, it is worth looking at if you want a sporty but sensible car.
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