2012 BMW 1-Series Coupe

At a Glance

Pricing $31,200 - $41,200
Drive Types RWD
Engines 3.0l I6, 3.0l I6 T
Transmissions A6, M6, SM7
Fuel Economy 18-20 (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. Pricing starts at around $31,000 for the 128i, which is about $7000 less than the 328i, but options add quickly to the price. The 1-Series coupe is one of the best price / performance values on the market.

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 Original MSRP
128i 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) M6 RWD $31,200
128i 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) A6 RWD $31,200
128i leather 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) M6 RWD $32,650
128i leather 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) A6 RWD $32,650
135i 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) M6 RWD $39,300
135i 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) SM7 RWD $39,750
135i leather 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) M6 RWD $40,750
135i leather 3.0l I6 T (300-bhp) SM7 RWD $41,200