2008 BMW 1 Series Long Term Road Test


2008 BMW 135i: Fuel consumption and handling update

July 07, 2008

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I noticed this little detail on our 135i over the weekend. Kinda cool. A nice addition on the first model year of a car this unique.

What's more, our 135i has recorded an even 19.0 miles per gallon since Ed Hellwig's last post on the subject at 3,837 miles. This is a significant decrease in fuel economy, but is probably more realistic than the 20.2 mpg the car had earned up to that point.

Anyhow, this little Bavarian rocket truly is special. I drove it over Angeles Crest Highway one night last week and was able to appreciate its abilities on many levels. A few observations: 1) It has excellent headlights. Never once did I wish for more reach or coverage. With the high beams on I could comfortably see far enough to keep up with my rapid pace. 2) The handling difference between this car and a 335i is significant enough to matter. If you're considering the 1 and don't need the 3's additional space, don't bother spending the money. 3) The looks are growing on me. I'll never love the details, but the proportions are right.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 5,307 miles.

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