|Pricing||$28,600 - $36,175|
|Fuel Economy||17-19 (city), 25-28 (highway)|
Each successive generation of BMW's iconic 3-Series has grown in size and price, leaving the door open for a new entry-level model. BMW has introduced the 1-Series coupe and convertible to fill that opening. Compared to the 3-Series the 1-Series is about 9 inches shorter, 2 inches narrower and a couple hundred pounds lighter. The good news is that the same two six cylinder engines power the smaller car. A 230-bhp inline-six resides in the 128i, whereas a 300-bhp turbocharged version powers the 135i. A smaller car with the same power could make the choice between the two tough for prospective BMW buyers. Pricing starts at $29,000 for the 128i, which is about $6000 less than the 328i.
The BMW 1-Series is an entry-level product for the BMW brand. Having been sold in hatchback configurations around the world, the new coupe model is the first to be sold in the U.S. market. The 1-Series coupe is about 9 inches shorter and 2 inches narrower than the 3-Series coupe, however powertrain options are the same. BMW 128i models are equipped with a 230hp, inline-six and 135i models are equipped with a 300 hp, twin-turbocharged inline-six.
|128i||3.0l I6 (230-bhp)||M6||RWD||18/28/22||$28,600|
|128i||3.0l I6 (230-bhp)||A6||RWD||19/28/23||$29,875|
|135i||3.0l I6 (300-bhp)||M6||RWD||17/25/21||$34,900|
|135i||3.0l I6 (300-bhp)||A6||RWD||18/26/22||$36,175|