(4.5) 13 reviews
MSRP: $6,797$15,301
Body Style: Coupe
Combined MPG: 23
Engine: 230-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2009 BMW 128

Our Take on the 2009 BMW 128

Our Take

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 features incl... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Minimal backseat space
  • Occasional clumsy shift from automatic
  • Sharp edges on turn-signal stalk
  • Audio system readouts vanish when wearing polarized sunglasses
  • Interior door pulls lack leverage

Notable Features

  • Coupe or convertible
  • Standard power soft-top (convertible)
  • Pop-up roll bars (convertible)
  • Inline-six-cylinder engine

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.