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2012 BMW 1-Series 128 i

2012 BMW 1-Series Review

(0 Stars)  The smallest BMW still packs a punch.

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Overview
The 1-series is the smallest BMW, but there's nothing cut-rate about it. Its engine offerings mirror those of the larger 3-series on which it's based. Not surprisingly, the driving experience is similar to that of its larger sibling, which is to say it's pretty much above reproach. OK, the ride can be harsh, particularly with the optional sport suspension and the available eighteen-inch wheels and run-flat tires (seventeen-inch wheels are standard). Otherwise, there's plenty to love here, starting with sublime steering (provided you avoid the optional active steering), a beautifully balanced rear-wheel-drive chassis, and very good performance. The base straight six in the 128i is smooth and strong, but the 300-hp turbocharged version makes the 135i a rocket. The 135i, for example, zooms to 60 mph in as little as 5.0 seconds with the available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A sweet-shifting six-speed manual is standard in both the 135i and the 128i; the 128i's no-shift option is a conventional automatic with eight speeds. As good as this car is to drive, its popularity doesn't approach that of the 3-series. There are a couple of reasons for that. Unlike the 3-series, the 1-series is available only as a coupe and a convertible, and back-seat space is tight. Second, although the 1-series is smaller than the 3, it doesn't get appreciably better gas mileage -- mostly because it uses the same powertrains. And the 1-series isn't a whole lot cheaper, either. Although the 1-series is a blast to drive, that's pretty much the case for the 3-series as well.

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2012 128 i Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.0L in-line 6 DOHC with variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 18 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 308 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
14.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 230 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 200 ft lb of torque @ 2,750 rpm

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'12 BMW 128 i Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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