2009 BMW 1-Series 128i Convertible

At a Glance

Pricing $34,500 - $42,225
Drive Types RWD
Engines 3.0l I6, 3.0l I6 T
Transmissions A6, M6, SM7
Fuel Economy 18-19 (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. Although the starting price is low, options and packages can add thousands to the price.

What Changed:

A new inline six-cylinder engine with a single turbocharger replaces last year's twin turbo engine on 135i models. The power and torque ratings are unchanged. A seven-speed dual clutch transmission replaces the optional automatic transmission on 135i models.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
128i Value 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) M6 RWD $34,500
128i Value 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) A6 RWD $35,875
135i Value 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) M6 RWD $40,650
135i Value 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) SM7 RWD $42,225