2009 BMW 1 Series

At a Glance

Pricing $28,600 - $36,175
Drive Types RWD
Engines 3.0l I6
Transmissions A6, M6
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.

What Changed:

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.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
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