BMW

BMW 1 SERIES HATCHBACK M135i xDrive 5dr Step Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2167 g/km

The name's much the same but the car could hardly be more different. BMW's M135i gains xDrive 4WD and a rather different outlook on life from the rear drive M135i and M140i older generation models that preceded it. This car doesn't have the old school track-style appeal those previous models had, but that's because it's matured a bit. If you have too, then you'll probably rather like it.

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Unlike its predecessors, BMW's M135i xDrive conforms to class expectations to widen its sales reach. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The name's much the same but the car could hardly be more different. BMW's M135i gains xDrive 4WD and a rather different outlook on life from the rear drive M135i and M140i older generation models that preceded it. This car doesn't have the old school track-style appeal those previous models had, but that's because it's matured a bit. If you have too, then you'll probably rather like it.

Background

New models primarily appeal to those who bought the previous version of the same car - but this one's different. In its previous generation guise, the BMW M135i (later the M140i) was a rather unique hot hatch confection, rear driven with a howling straight six engine - a car for the hot hatch cognoscenti. The sort of model a race track instructor would use as his day-to-day drive. The problem for BMW is that there aren't a lot of those kinds of people. So the M135i has changed - into this, a four cylinder family five-door that's primarily front-driven, with occasional four wheel traction. It's a BMW of the 'M Performance' variety, rather than being a full M car. But it is, the Munich maker insists, despite the change of hot hatch emphasis, a proper sporting BMW. Is it? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Previous high performance petrol 1 Series variants gained something of a cult following thanks to their sonorous 3.0-litre straight six engines. So if you happen to be an enthusiast shopping at the top end of the range, you might be disappointed to find that this time round, the model badged 'M135i' has a four cylinder 2.0-litre unit beneath the bonnet. Once you also factor in the switch to front wheel drive, the result, as you might expect, is a very different confection, particularly as the power being developed has fallen significantly - to 306hp. BMW points out that the performance on offer (rest to 62mph in 4.8s en route to 155mph) exactly replicates that of the old 340hp M140i model. And that the new M135i has the added advantage of standard xDrive 4WD, Launch Control and a newly-developed mechanical Torsen limited slip differential to get its grip to the gravel. But it's a very different kind of car from before that now merely replicates what's on offer from obvious rivals like the Golf R and the Audi S3. There's not the same challenge in driving it that characterised the previous generation model - but then, you might have expected that. This M135i differs from lesser 1 Series variants with its stiffer suspension set-up and features a 10mm-lower ride height, with two-stage adaptive dampers being optional. At the front, the subframe gains an extra couple of bracing bars for extra steering accuracy and the electrically assisted rack features a quicker ratio of 14:1, as opposed to the standard car's 15:1. Finally, the brake master cylinder is bigger for better response and more consistent pedal pressure.

Design and Build

As you might expect, the top 'M135i xDrive' variant has its own unique 'M Performance' look. That gives this top variant 18-inch 'M light alloy Double-spoke' wheels with a 'Bicolour' finish and the front, plus the rear bumper styling is bespoke. There's an M rear spoiler, unique side sill covers and a 'Cerium Grey' finish for the exhaust tailpipe, the side M logo, the mirror caps and the frame of the front kidney grille. The M135i interior's set apart by M seat belts and M sports seats with upholstery in 'Trigon' cloth and 'Anthracite' alcantara. Plus this flagship variant comes with the brand's desirable 'Live Cockpit Professional' package, with its 10.25-inch centre-dash and instrument cluster screens and 'Connected Package Professional' additional media connectivity features. Otherwise, the recipe is as with any other 1 Series. This car now has the cabin feel of a larger, more luxurious product. Some of that's down to cabin quality - soft-touch surfaces and the sold feel of all the fixtures and fittings matched on a plusher model like this one by things like contrast stitching and intricate 'Extended lighting' door panel strips. Plus you get much more space in the rear and in the boot. Two adults can comfortably fit on the back seats without having to squash in their knees, as was the case with the previous rear driven model. And out back, there's now a decently-sized 380-litre boot.

Market and Model

You'll pay just over £36,000 for this M135i xDrive, which is about par for the course if you're looking at cars in this segment - probably models like the Audi S3 Sportback, the Mercedes-AMG A 35, the Renault Megane R.S. and the Honda Civic Type-R. We've detailed all the visual exterior and embellishments you get as part of M135i spec in our 'Design' section. Many 'M135i' buyers upgrade to the optional 'M135i Plus Pack', which includes Sun Protection glass, a harmon/kardon audio upgrade and a choice of two designs of larger Bicolour 19-inch wheel - 'M V-spoke' or 'M Double-spoke'. Bear in mind though, that you can't upgrade to this pack if you specify the optional adaptive damping system - as quite a few customers for this hot hatch are going to want to do. Other options you might want to consider include the 'BMW Icon Adaptive LED headlamps' we tried. The brand also thinks that the Head-up display, offered for the first time as an option with this model, will be popular too. And if you think you or your partner might struggle with slotting this car into tight spaces, you could consider the 'Park Assist' system, which automatically does it for you and includes a Reversing Assist camera. What else? Well the Harmon/Kardon 'Surround Sound' audio set-up is worth a look. Plus a wireless charging mat is available as part of an 'Enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging' option.

Cost of Ownership

This auto-only petrol hot hatch variant manages up to 38.7mpg and (on 18-inch wheels) 167g/km of CO2 - which puts it amongst the class leaders in this segment when it comes to efficiency. Insurance is a group 36E rating. Routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. You can check all of this using menus in the 'iDrive' centre-dash display; the centre-dash screen's 'Car' section tells you engine oil level, service requirements and (on a diesel model) your AdBlue level. Plus the car will give you four weeks' notice of when a check-up is needed so you have plenty of time to book it. A TeleServices' feature comes as part of the BMW 'ConnectedDrive' services you can also access through the iDrive infotainment system. Via this, before each service appointment is due, your 1 Series can automatically put in a 'TeleServices' call to your nominated BMW service centre, complete with detailed information on vehicle condition. You'll then get a call to arrange a service appointment, something you'll already have budgeted for if, at the point of original purchase, you opted for one of the two fixed cost 'Service Inclusive' or 'Service Inclusive Plus' packages which cover you for five years or 50,000 miles.

Summary

What you think of the M135i xDrive depends largely on the expectations you approach it with. It was clearly never intended to be a direct replacement for its six cylinder rear-driven predecessor. But see it as what it is, the Munich maker's alternative to a Golf R, a Mercedes-AMG A 35 or an Audi S3 - and you'll get the point immediately. We're disappointed that BMW no longer offers something so refreshingly, radically different to cars like those. But we can understand why the business case for reversion to a more established uber-fast hot hatch formula was so compelling. Compelling isn't the first word that springs to mind when considering the drive experience this car serves up, but it's undeniably impressive. Traction out of corners, that thing you had to fight for in the old rear-driven model on damp roads, is superb. And the four cylinder powerplant makes up for in willingness what it lacks in authentic howling character. For the first time, here's a really quick 1 Series model you could easily justify to the family. The M135i may no longer be a unique confection. But it's an undeniably more complete one.

  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Rear window wiper
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets

  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Braking readiness
  • Electrically operated hand brake
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Torsen mechanical limited slip differential
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Brake drying
  • M Sport braking system
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC

  • Anthracite Velour floor mats

  • Anti roll bar front and rear
  • Drive Performance Control

  • Speed limiter
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Active guard plus
  • Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
  • Sporty fast gear shifting in sport mode

  • Pull away assistant
  • Eco pro mode

  • Integrated owners handbook
  • Gearshift time display in manual mode
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system including 10.25" high resolution display and Intelligent Voice Assistant
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Connected eDrive Services
  • Personal Profile
  • On board computer
  • BMW Online services

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Cerium grey exterior mirror caps
  • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
  • Electric folding and anti dazzle exterior mirrors

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel

  • Double VANOS
  • VALVETRONIC engine management
  • Engine cover with M performance designation
  • Balancer shaft
  • Larger fuel tank capacity (50 litres)
  • Aluminium lightweight construction
  • Launch control
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • High precision injection

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio

  • M rear spoiler
  • Body colour door handles
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Shark fin antenna
  • High gloss shadowline window frame, mirror frames and B/C pillar embelisher trim
  • M performance exhaust system
  • Fading support
  • Matt black air guide grilles
  • Front door sill finishers with M135i designation
  • Kidney grille in Cerium Grey with Mesh design
  • M logo designation side in cerium grey
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Round exhaust system with twin cerium grey tailpipes in left and right split

  • Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
  • Nearside reverse light in rear light cluster
  • LED eyebrow turn indicators
  • Preparation for high beam assistant
  • Rear fog lights
  • High level third brake light
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control
  • LED daytime running lights

  • Two zone automatic air conditioning

  • Driver side folding compartment in instrument panel
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Steering wheel paddles
  • 3 spoke M sports design leather steering wheel finished in nappa leather with specific M badge
  • Front Armrest foldable with integrated storage compartment
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Glove compartment
  • Folding rear clothes hook
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Manual adjust steering wheel
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Conditioned based service
  • Storage compartment in centre console

  • Welcome lighting

  • Interior lights pack - 1 Series
  • Extended storage pack - 1 Series
  • M Sport aerodynamics pack - 1 Series 135i
  • Luggage compartment pack - 1 Series
  • Connected pack professional - 1 Series
  • Extended lighting pack - 1 Series M135i

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • M Seatbelts
  • 2 tone horn
  • Driver and front passenger seat belt security check
  • Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side impact protection
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • Height adjustable front head restraints
  • Folding rear seats
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Front M seats
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating
  • Rear seat backrest with manual 60:40 split folding with 3 top tether clips integrated on rear of seat panels

  • Deadlocking function system to all doors
  • Remote control with integrated key with High-gloss Black inlay and M designation
  • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm with remote control and immobiliser
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Automatic drive away locking facility

  • Electronic differential lock
  • Eight speed sport automatic transmission with electronic selector lever

  • Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • 18" Burnished M double spoke Bi-colour alloy wheels finished in Cerium grey matt - style 556M

  • BMW mobility system

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 235
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 168
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 167
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 235
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 240
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 168
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 174
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 167
  • CO2 (g/km): 154
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B48A20T1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 34.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 47.1
  • EC Combined (mpg): 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 28
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 28
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 38.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.4

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 72
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 306
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 36E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: N
  • Coin Description: i xDrive
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - KW: 225
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 332
  • Engine Torque - NM: 450
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Power - BHP: 306
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.8
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 45.9

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 556M

  • Width (including mirrors): 2081
  • Height: 1434
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4319
  • Width: 1799
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1525
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2085
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 380
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 560
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1200
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

  • Sun protection glass: £300

  • City braking function: Included

  • M sports suspension + self levelling: Included
  • Adaptive suspension: £500

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £350
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface: Included

  • Active cruise control with stop and go: £0
  • Front/rear Parking distance control: Included
  • Lane departure warning system: Included
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included
  • Park assist including reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and reversing assist camera: £350

  • Automatic tailgate operation: £500

  • Head up Display: £750

  • Illuminated Berlin interior trim: £0
  • Illuminated Boston interior trim: Included

  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £750
  • Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf + 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats: Included
  • BMW gesture control: £300

  • Individual metallic paint: £560
  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof: £1,000

  • LED Headlights: Included
  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: £500

  • Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching: £800
  • Trigon cloth/alcantara upholstery: Included
  • Luggage compartment separating nets: £150
  • Through load system: £150
  • Heated steering wheel: £150

  • Comfort pack 2 - 1 Series: £1,500
  • Driving assistant pack - 1 Series: £1,000

  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £560
  • Metallic - Misano blue: £560
  • Metallic - Melbourne red: £560
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £560

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Individual metallic paint - Storm Bay: £560

  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support: £150
  • Electric front seat adjustment - drivers with memory: £750
  • Manual adjust driver/passenger seats: Included

  • Comfort access system: £500

  • Trigon cloth/alcantara - Anthracite: £0

  • Dakota leather - Black with grey highlight: £800
  • Dakota leather - Magma red with grey highlight: £800
  • Dakota leather - Mocha: £800

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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