Review: BMW M135i – Performance, Features, and Driving Experience

The last-generation BMW M135i transitioned from its predecessor by dropping rear-wheel drive and a six-cylinder engine in favor of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with four-wheel drive. This shift aims to cater to buyers seeking a stable, user-friendly car, rather than a track-focused supercar. Despite producing a robust 302bhp and a swift 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, the engine sound and the overall driving excitement lag behind rivals like the Honda Civic Type R and Toyota GR Yaris. The interior boasts high-quality materials and advanced technology, but faces stiff competition in space and engagement from other hot hatches.


Topcarr is your go-to source for everything about automobiles. If you’re curious about what’s new in the car world or want to dig deep into what’s under the hood, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re diving into the BMW M135i, a car that blends usability with performance.

What Car? says…

The latest BMW M135i is a shift from its predecessor. Firstly, it’s no longer rear-wheel drive and has swapped out its six-cylinder engine for a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, now paired with four-wheel drive. This change brings a mixture of benefits and challenges, depending on what you’re looking for in a car.

Is this good or bad news? Well, that depends on whether you’re someone who loves the thrill of smoky burnouts or prefers a balanced, predictable ride. According to BMW’s research, the average buyer leans towards a more practical car, and the M135i aims to deliver just that.

Performance and Drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The BMW M135i boasts a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a hefty 302bhp, putting it in the same league as the Audi S3 and Mercedes A35 AMG. Even though it’s a bit behind the Mercedes-AMG A45 in terms of power, the M135i is anything but sluggish. With easy-to-use launch control, it rockets to 62mph in just 4.8 seconds and maintains excellent traction thanks to its xDrive four-wheel drive system.

However, is it an exciting engine and gearbox combo? Not particularly. The engine’s drone can become monotonous, and it lacks the invigorating noise you get from rivals like the Toyota GR Yaris. The steering is quick and precise but lacks the raw engagement of cars like the Honda Civic Type R.


The interior of the BMW M135i is where it shines in terms of build quality and tech integration. You’ll find a 10.3-inch digital display that looks good but is not as versatile as the screens in the S3 or A35.

Front visibility is good, but rear visibility is limited due to thick rear pillars. Luckily, front, and rear parking sensors come standard, and you can add a rearview camera for an extra layer of convenience.

The iDrive infotainment system is one of the best on the market, controllable via touchscreen, voice command, or a rotary controller. Gesture control, on the other hand, is more of a gimmick.

Passenger and Boot Space

In terms of space, the BMW M135i offers plenty of room for front-seat passengers and decent space for those in the back. It’s comparable to the Mercedes A35 AMG and Volkswagen Golf GTI in this regard. The boot space is a respectable 380 liters, making it a practical choice for daily use.

Buying and Owning

When it comes to cost, the BMW M135i is priced similarly to the Audi S3 and Mercedes A35 AMG but is more expensive than models like the Honda Civic Type R and Toyota GR Yaris. With added options, the price can skyrocket. However, it retains its value quite well compared to other models.

Reliability and Safety

BMW ranks high in reliability, just behind Lexus and Honda, according to the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. The M135i comes with a three-year, unlimited-kilometer warranty and is equipped with a variety of safety features, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, and traffic sign recognition.


The BMW M135i is an excellent choice for those seeking a blend of performance, practicality, and advanced tech features. While it might not be the most thrilling car in its class, it offers a high level of usability and reliability that makes it a strong contender in the hot hatch category. If you want more in-depth info, make sure to check out our full reviews on specific aspects of the BMW 1 Series.

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