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By Cars.com Staff
October 8, 2009
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. Both body styles also come with a more powerful turbocharged engine as 135i models, covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section. The 128i competes with other performance cars like the Mazda RX-8 and Nissan 370Z.
New for 2010 A power moonroof that had been standard on the coupe becomes optional as a stand-alone item or part of an option package.
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 steering wheel
Available automatic high-beam headlights
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
Interior 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 an MP3 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
Standard HD radio
Under the Hood BMW's inline-six-cylinder engine makes 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 pop-up roll bars
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