Retail Price £36,430
Cash Alternative £29,000
0-62mph 4.8 secs
Top Speed 155 mph
Power 306 bhp
Displacement 2.0 ltr
Engine Position Front
Drivetrain AWD
MPG 34.4
CO2 157
Engine / Cyls i4 Turbo
Torque 450 Nm

The M140i is dead… long live the M135i!

That may seem like a strange statement to BMW fans given that the M140i was in fact the replacement for the M135i and now that has been reversed, but what you see here isn’t just a name change but an all-new car...and a radical departure for BMW in many ways.

You see out go two of the old car’s main selling points – RWD and a sweet inline six-cylinder engine – replaced by the type of powerplant seen in every hot hatch on sale bar the RS3 now; a 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 306bhp and 450Nm of torque.

This is thanks to the new platform forcing a transverse engine layout and it’s this platform which also dictates that this M135i is now AWD using the xDrive system.

Purists should be thankful though, as the rest of the 1-Series range is front-wheel drive. The styling of the new model is in line with the X2 and though the bodysides are a little chunky, on the road it has a really aggressive presence that'll satisfy those wanting a car that is understated yet classy, with a sporting attitude.

The Merc A35 has a new rival – we can’t wait to see them tested against each other! In the meantime, you can win the M135i - and £20,000 in cash - in the BOTB Dream Car competition. Get your tickets before the competitions closes on Sunday night! 

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