The 2013 BMW 1-Series is just about as unassuming as a BMW gets, but when it comes to one of the finest makes of car in the world, that still leaves a car that can get some heads turning. The 1-Series is a callback to the early days of BMW, and since it’s priced as an entry level model, a 128i or 135i is a great way to get into the exhilarating world of BMW driving. A bit smaller and more affordable than the vehicles in the BMW 3-Series, this coupe or convertible BMW with a front engine and rear wheel drive is a fun, high performing and exciting vehicle.
New For 2013
The new addition to the BMW 1-Series for 2013 is a new trim level: the 135is. The 135is has a little more punch than the other models in this series, and is a good choice for those who are looking for a little bit more than what the BMW 1-Series typically has to offer, but aren’t quite ready to upgrade to a 3-Series vehicle. Some of the performance bonuses you’ll get with the BMW 135is:
- TwinPower turbocharged engine
- Seven-speed double clutch transmission
- Direct injection technology
- Dynamic traction control
The 2013 BMW 1-Series is a sporty-looking compact car that’s easy to park and fun to admire, at roughly two inches narrower and eight inches shorter than the 3-Series. The 128i features 17-inch wheels (18-inch wheels on the 135i) and rain-sensing windshield wipers, as well as a power moonroof on the coupe and fabric soft top on the convertible. The optional M sport package creates a sleeker look for the 1-Series, with dark window frames and a stylized front bumper.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 128i offers leatherette bucket front seats, with 37.9 inches of head room and 41.4 inches of leg room. The 1-Series has a split-folding rear seatback, power locks, heated power mirrors, one touch power windows, dual zone climate controls and leather steering wheel and shift knob trim. You’ll also find a trip computer, in-dash CD and MP3 player with iPod/iPhone integration and a Bluetooth wireless data link. Optional packages add sports seats and leather steering wheel, heated seats and steering wheel and a Harman Kardon Surround Sound system. The 135i also features wood trim on the dash, doors and center console, and leather trim on the shift knob and steering wheel. Each car in the 1-Series line is technically a four seater, but to many this is true in name only, as there is not a tremendous amount of rear seat space. The 2013 BMW 1-Series line offers 10 cu. ft. of cargo space.
In smaller cars, good safety features can take on even more importance, and BMW is not one to skimp on safety. This is evident in the package of safety features in the 2013 BMW 1-Series line. These features include front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock braking system, stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes and emergency brake assist. While the 1-Series is not necessarily what one would call a family car, it does feature child seat anchors. For theft prevention, you’ll find an alarm system and engine immobilizer. Other safety features you’ll appreciate include front and rear head airbags, dual front side mounted airbags, two-row side curtain airbags, tire pressure monitoring, and auto delay off headlights. In lieu of the curtain airbags, the convertible version supplies pop-up roll bars behind the rear seats.
The base 2013 BMW 1-Series model, the 128i, features a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine which delivers 228 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. This peppy engine is linked to a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic, taking you from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds with the manual and 6.7 with the automatic. When upgrading to the 135i, you’ll find a considerably sexier engine, a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder with the six-speed manual or optional seven-speed dual clutch transmission that lets you shift from automatic to manual shifting control at your discretion. The 135i delivers 300 horses with 300 lb-ft of torque and gets you from 0 to 60 mph in roughly five seconds. With the 135i, you’ll also benefit from a sport suspension, optional on the 128i. With a four wheel independent suspension and stability and traction control standard, the BMW 1-Series handles great and can hug the road at higher speeds, although if you’re buying a car purely for driving experience, rather than more practical purposes, you may want to upgrade to the 3-Series.
Key Competitors For The 2013 BMW 1-Series
- Nissan 370Z
- Hyundai Genesis Coupe
- Chevrolet Camaro