Reasonably Practical Fun
By Richard Schollen on
2008 BMW 1 Series 135i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
I took delivery of the car just prior to the summer and got to enjoy the full on summer experience but wanted to live with it through a winter before writing a review. The verdict: invest in good set of snow tires and the car is almost as much fun in the winter as in the summer. The DSC system is totally effective at keeping things under control on snow packed roads. Switch it off and it's donut time. All year round the power is enticing - smooth and unrelenting -if you keep your foot in it you will be in road-side vehicle seizure territory in a blink. Yes, the cabin is a bit tight and you wish for a few more cubbies and a bigger glovebox but the overall experience is worth it. Practical fun.
Love the heated seats, blue-tooth and I-Pod interface and overall ergonomics of the interior. The car fits like a glove. Surprisingly the trunk is actually useful - even with the top down. The active headlights are useful as well. This is not just a gimmick. The remote key/start system is great.
A few squeaks in the dash mysteriously appear at certain cold temperature ranges. Some cowl shake and the run-flats can be harsh. Mileage - a bit poor but this more due to temptation to spool the turbos than a lack of efficiency of the engine. I did keep a constant 5.5l/100km at 110km/hr on a trip.