BMW M135i Sports hatch: One Minute Test Drive Review
01 August 2012
Author: Jack Carfrae
What's new: This is the first new 1-series to bear BMW's performance M badge and follows the recently departed 1M coupe. The 320hp 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine is immensely powerful given the size of the car.
Excellent: Performance is breathtaking with 0-62mph in 4.9secs if you've specced the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Top speed is limited to 155mph but it feels like it's good for more. The figures make this one of the fastest hatchbacks around.
Good: The steering is lacking ever so slightly in feedback but for the most part the handling is sublime.
Average: The M135i is better than hot versions of the old model with regards to the ride, but it's still a bit thumpy over rough surfaces.
Poor: You're looking at 175g/km from the auto and 188g/km with the manual, which translate to BIK bands of 26% and a much steeper 29% respectively.
Verdict: It isn't the last word in sensible business motoring but that doesn't stop the M135i from being an awful lot of fun.
It isn't the last word in sensible business motoring but that doesn't stop the M135i from being an awful lot of fun.