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2012 BMW 1-Series Convertible

At a Glance

Pricing $36,900 - $46,000
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. When 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:

The 1-Series coupe and convertible receive minor updates for 2012. The most noticeable changes are to the headlights and taillights, which incorporate LED styling elements in their new design.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
128i 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) M6 RWD 18/28/22 56 $36,900
128i 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) A6 RWD 18/27/22 56 $36,900
128i leather 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) M6 RWD 18/28/22 56 $38,350
128i leather 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) A6 RWD 18/27/22 56 $38,350
135i 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) M6 RWD 19/28/23 62 $44,100
135i 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) SM7 RWD 18/25/21 64 $44,550
135i leather 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) M6 RWD 19/28/23 62 $45,550
135i leather 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) SM7 RWD 18/25/21 64 $46,000