The 2009 BMW 1 Series is a small compact car, based on BMWs 3 Series, that is available either as a coupe or a convertible that seats four. Equipped with a 3.0-liter 230-hp inline six-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission with a six-speed automatic as optional, it is available in the 128i and 135i trim levels.
The Base 128i offers the following standard equipment: 17-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, rear defogger, power glass sunroof in the coupe only, power-operated convertible soft-top in the convertible only, power door locks, power windows, heated power mirrors, brake hill holder, four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), emergency braking assist, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake drying, four-wheel independent MacPherson front and multi-link rear suspensions, daytime running lights, fog lights, dusk-sensing headlights, stability control, traction control, post-collision safety system, tire pressure monitoring, height adjustable driver and passenger seats, leatherette upholstery, split-folding rear seatback, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, front console with storage, manual rear seat easy entry, electric speed-proportional power steering, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio control functions, interior air filtration, dual-zone climate control with extended cabin heating, audio and climate control memory settings, BMW iDrive, pre-wired for cell phone use, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, and AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with 10 speakers and radio data system.
The 135i is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged 300-hp inline six-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission with a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. Standard equipment exclusive to the 135i includes a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, cornering lights, auto delay off dusk-sensing Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, high pressure headlight washers, automatic climate control, and a passenger side mirror with reverse tilt to show curb view.
A sport option package for the 128i offers alternate 17-inch wheels with performance tires, sport front seats, and the sport-tuned suspension found in the 135i. The sport package available for the 135i includes an M sport steering wheel and sport seats.
A cold weather package offers heated front seats.
The premium package adds leather upholstery, power front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, upgraded interior trim, and auto-dimming mirrors. Other options include adaptive steering, a navigation system, an upgraded audio system with iPod jack and satellite radio, and keyless ignition. The convertible has an optional Midnight Black roof that has metallic fibers in the cloth to give the roof a silver look in bright sun or moonlight. Leather upholstery has special pigments that reduce the effects of sun reflection.
Body styles: Coupe, soft-top convertible
Engines: 3.0-liter 230 hp inline six-cylinder, 3.0-liter 300-hp turbocharged six-cylinder
Transmissions: Six-speed manual, six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: BMW 128i Coupe, BMW 128i Convertible, BMW 135i Coupe, BMW 135i Convertible
The optional navigation system was improved and includes BMW’s iDrive control system. A heated steering wheel is now included in the cold weather option package.
The exterior of the BMW 1 Series vehicles receive some updates for 2009. An upright grille enhances the front end, and the vehicle’s profile is enhanced with a crease along the length of the body. The convertible includes a power-operated soft-top that can be lowered or raised in 22 seconds; the Moonlight Black top has metallic fibers in the cloth, giving it a silver look in the sunlight. The cloth top is also available in taupe or black.
The interior of the 2009 BMW 1 Series is similar in construction to that of BMWs larger counterparts. The standard seats are not as luxurious as those found in other models, but the optional sport seats offer more support. The iDrive control system is a central control knob surrounded by buttons to control various electronic gadgets in the interior.
The trunk offers 13 cubic feet of cargo space; cargo space can be increased by folding down the rear seatbacks.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 BMW 128i offers a zero to 60 mph speed of 5.9 seconds; the 135i was clocked at a flat five seconds, thanks to the twin-turbocharged engine. Acceleration does not suffer from turbo lag in the 135i.
The car offers excellent handling. Steering is precise and responsive; the car does well on hairpin turns. With the sport package installed, road grip is further enhanced, and its handling will satisfy most drivers.
The optional six-speed shiftable automatic transmission offers rapid shifting via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Standard safety equipment includes ABS, traction control, stability control, hill hold assist, and a full complement of airbags. The convertible offers higher front seat side-mounted airbags to protect passengers’ heads and forgoes the side curtain airbags for popup roll bars when a rollover situation is detected.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW 128i Coupe or Convertible: 18/28 mpg city/highway
BMW 135i Coupe or Convertible: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Six-cylinder engine performance
- Convertible’s stylish looks with top down
- Impressive handling and steering responsiveness
You Won't Like
- Small back seat
- Audio system performance is spotty
- Cup holder location
Offers the performance and handling expected from a BMW.
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