2012 BMW 1 Series – Kelley Blue Book

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BMW 1-Series

2012 BMW 1 Series

Good enough to even to make some 3 Series buyers think twice, the 2012 BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible remain relevant to any number of BMW enthusiasts, as well as younger buyers wanting an easier entr#233;e into the joy of driving. And you can enjoy the 1 Series as aggressively as you care to, with an entry-level 128i offering 230 horsepower for just around $32K, or the more expressive 135i delivering 300 ponies for roughly $8,000 more.

Finally, drop-top variants are also offered, at price points roughly $5,000 higher. If an address ending in Ocean is within an hour#39;s drive, you should consider the 1 Series Convertible. And sunscreen.

The 1 Series, in either Coupe or Convertible guise, is about as simple in spec as an automotive purchase can get. That won#39;t, however, mask its cost of engineering, manufacture and transportation to the U.S. In short, if driving dynamic means little or nothing to you, you#39;ll probably find a better transportation alternative at an Acura, Audi or (even) VW showroom.

The 2012 1 Series is given little more than minor tweaks. The most notable update in 2011 was under the hood of the 135i, when it received a more responsive version of the tried-and-true 3.0-liter in-line six. At the same time, the 135i received a 7-speed Double Clutch automatic transmission (optional), while the 128i continued with an optional 6-speed Steptronic automatic. The most significant change on the 2012 BMW 1 Series landscape is the discontinuation of the 1 Series M Coupe.

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performance, dynamic handling and reasonable efficiency. As with most cars and SUVs in the BMW lineup, BMW#39;s smallest entry is well-connected to the road via its principal touch points: steering, braking and acceleration. Of course, the most exhilarating is the 135i Coupe, but an argument can be made for the better balance of the 128i.

And if you live near a beach, or have access to scenic roadways, going slower with a top down is a viable alternative to tickets #8211; or jail time.

Under the Hood

BMW#39;s in-line six is legendary, and has been a signature ingredient of small BMWs (in the U.S.) for some 25 years. For those finding the classic, normally aspirated recipe most desirable, the 128i synched to the standard 6-speed manual transmission is your well-developed answer (a 6-speed automatic is available as an option).

And while its 230 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque may be duplicated by its eventual replacement, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four, the silky smoothness of an in-line six will never be replicated by anything other than an in-line six. In the next 135i, the six will probably be retained; as with most automakers, however, BMW#39;s drive to efficiency will eventually trump any further attempts at engineered nostalgia. The 2012 135i#39;s 3.0-liter in-line 6-cylinder engine transmits 300 horsepower through a 6-speed manual or optionally available 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

BMW 1-Series

3.0-liter in-line 6

230 horsepower at 6,500 rpm

200 lb-ft of torque at 2,750 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28, 18/27 (Convertible with automatic transmission)

300 lb-ft of torque at 1,400-5,000 rpm

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