2010 BMW 135

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2010 BMW 135
2010 BMW 135

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Compact size
  • Performance potential
  • Handling potential

The bad:

  • Hard on the eyes
  • Navigation requires iDrive

1 trim

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  • i

    $36,050

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Notable features

  • Coupe or convertible
  • Twin-turbo inline-six
  • Six airbags in coupe
  • Available Active Steering

2010 BMW 135 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 up-level 135i is powered by a 300-horsepower, twin-turbo inline-six-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheels. A less expensive 128i covered separately in the Cars.com Research section is also offered. The 135i competes with performance cars like the Nissan 370Z and Audi TT.

New for 2010
The only changes of note are that HD radio becomes standard and automatic high-beam headlights are a new stand-alone option.

Exterior
Compared to the 3 Series coupe, the 135i 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.

  • Adaptive xenon headlights follow the direction of the steering wheel
  • New available automatic high-beam headlights
  • 135i adds an aero kit that BMW says provides greater downforce and improved brake cooling
  • 18-inch wheels standard on coupe, available on convertible
  • Heated side mirrors and heated windshield washer jets
  • 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 there’s room for two in the backseat.

  • 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
The 135i uses twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection to make 300 horsepower and 300 pounds-feet of torque.

  • 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional paddle shifters for automatic transmission
  • Optional Active Steering system can adjust how much the car turns for a given turn of the steering wheel
  • Compared to the 128i, the 135i has a stiffer sport suspension and performance brakes

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 4.5
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Been a good car so far💪🙏

Test drive one. Very fun car!... tuning out of this world🤗 put a K&N air filter in it and it woke his car up big time crazy🤪

4.6

Very fun, and an inexpensive, reliable used car.

Just traded mine in on a newer BMW. I believe the dealer sold it within 3 days. Never had trouble with it and for the price they sold it, I believe it?s an EXCELLENT bang for the buck. A very fun car to drive with lots of power. Handling was unbelievably good. I never took it to the racetrack but I believe its handling was good enough that it could beat cars with more horsepower. If you have under $20k to spend on a car but want something to throw you back into your seat, I don?t think you could go wrong with a 135. Especially a drop top.

4.6

Summer Fun Car

Great Car for weekend sightseeing in the mountains. As Fast as a 750, but a lot more fun. This BMW is all for the driving experience.

See all 14 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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