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BMW M135i

BMW M135i

REVIEW

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 recently released X2 and though the bodysides are a little chunky, on the road, it has a real aggressive presence and will satisfy those wanting a car that is understated yet classy and with a sporting attitude. The Merc A35 has a new rival – we can’t wait to see them tested against each other!

Stats

Engine / Cylsi4 Turbo Power306bhp
Displacement2.0ltr Torque450 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed155mph
DrivetrainAWD CO2157 g/km
MPG34.4 mpg Retail Price£36,430
0-62mph4.8secs Cash Alternative£29,000

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