2010 BMW 128

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2010 BMW 128
2010 BMW 128

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Inline-six-cylinder performance
  • Handling
  • Solid convertible chassis
  • Steering feedback
  • Top-down looks (convertible)

The bad:

  • 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

1 trim

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Notable features

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

2010 BMW 128 review: Our expert's take

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
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 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
  • Antilock brakes
  • Convertible loses the side curtain airbags but keeps the side-impact airbags and features pop-up roll bars

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Bought for wife and she loves it

My wife loves this car, its ease of getting around and parking. We take the car on evening cruses about every night through out the summer. I drive it a lot harder than she does and it has amazing handling. It has over 100.000 miles and still running great.

4.7

One of many Bimmers owned...longtime BMW fan

Fun, sporty small bimmer...reminds me nostalgically of my old 1976 2002....I expect a lot of fun! ....my wife loves the comfort of this smaller sporty car

4.3

Best car on the market.

Great car for the money. I would buy again if something happens to the one I have. Very sporty car for my wife. It has 80,000 miles and one problems.

See all 10 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Maintenance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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