Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects for-sale prices on Cars.com for this particular make, model and year.
Best Bets get above-average mpg, class-average or better reliability, class-average or better crash-test ratings, and our recommendation.
These city and highway gas mileage estimates are for the model's standard trim configurations. Where there are optional features, packages or equipment that result in higher gas mileage, those fuel-economy estimates are not included here.
Expert Reviews 2 of 3
By Cars.com Staff
December 15, 2008
Vehicle Overview BMW's small 1 Series debuted in the U.S. for 2008 as a coupe and a convertible. The base 128i is powered by an inline-six-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheels. Available in spring 2008, the 128i competes with other performance cars like the Mazda RX-8 and Nissan 350Z.
New for 2009 New features include a heated steering wheel that's been added to the Cold Weather Package, as well as a new control feature for iDrive on navigation-equipped 128 models. Also new on navigation models is a Google Maps feature that allows users to search for restaurants, gas stations, etc. using Google's database.
Exterior Compared to the 3 Series coupe, the 128i features a more upright grille and a C-pillar that's not as sleekly styled. A pronounced sheet metal crease runs the length of the coupe's sides, which are otherwise relatively smooth.
Available adaptive xenon headlights follow the direction of the road
Standard heated side-view mirrors and heated windshield washer jets
Standard rain-sensing wipers
Convertible features power-operated soft-top that BMW says can open or close in 22 seconds
Convertible top available in black, taupe and Moonlight Black
Moonlight Black features metallic fibers integrated into the material, which BMW says makes the top look silver in sunlight
Interior There's room for four in the 128i; front occupants sit on bucket seats and the backseat has room for two.
Simulated leather seating surfaces; real leather is optional
Auxiliary jack for connecting a portable music player
60/40-split folding rear seat can expand the coupe's trunk
Optional Sport Package includes sport seats with more aggressive bolstering
Convertible's leather seats have BMW's Sun Reflective Technology, which is designed to lower the temperature of seats exposed to sunlight
Optional navigation system equips the 1 Series with BMW's iDrive control system; gets new control feature for 2009
Under the Hood BMW's inline-six-cylinder engine makes a modest 230 horsepower in the 128i. If that isn't enough, consider stepping up to the 300-hp, twin-turbocharged 135i, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
230-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder
Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
Optional paddle shifters with automatic transmission
Safety Safety features include:
Side-impact airbags for the front seats
Side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants
Electronic stability system
Convertible loses the side curtain airbags but keeps the side-impact airbags and features popup roll bars