The 2008 BMW 128i offers powerful driving with a beautiful interior to boot. It’s offered in two trims – the 128i and the 135i – in two door Coupe and two door Convertible body styles, with a convenient folding soft top. Engines range from a 230 horsepower 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder to a 300 horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6, with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. Also standard are 17-inch wheels, a sunroof in the Coupe model and rain-sensing wipers. Other luxury amenities include auto climate control, cruise, keyless entry, navigation and MP3/Satellite audio.Read more Read less
BMW's 1-Series is an all-new model for 2008, slotting beneath the venerable lineup of 3-Series cars and serving as an affordable entry into BMW ownership. It is also billed as a throwback to the company's legendary 2002 of the 1960s and 1970s. It is available in a few trim levels, including the 128i, which features a 230-horsepower 3.0L inline six, and a 135i, which makes use of a 300-horsepower 3.0L inline six. Both engines are tried and tested and found across the range in the 3- and 5-Series. A 1-Series convertible in either 128i or 135i configuration will be available later in 2008. Pricing starts at $28,600 for the 128i, while the 135i starts at $34,900.
Entry-level pricing; sleek BMW family design; terrific straight six engines; extensive standard features.
The 2008 BMW 1-Series has been a long time coming, with initial hints and rumors dating back to 2001. Though the 3-Series has traditionally been BMW's entry-level car, its entire segment has gone up-market in recent years. The company's Mini Cooper has been a big hit in the hatchback market, and the 1-Series slots in nicely just above it to fill the void and give younger buyers the chance to own and drive a BMW. It's a stylish little coupe that recalls the iconic 2002, and should offer plenty of competition to cars like the Audi A3 and Volvo C30.