Thanks to Jack Reagan, a member of 1addicts.com, we have another personal take on the upcoming BMW 135i coupe. Mr. Reagan lives in London so he has the opportunity to buy the car before us in the United States. Here is his short review:
my first impressions are that the 135 feels like a very hot hot hatch, not a coupe. the reason i dumped my 335i was because it felt so big on the road and you never really wanted to throw it around through the corners. it was a high speed cruiser and massively uninvolving and apart from the engine I wouldn’t recommend one. before that i had an R32 Golf which I loved to bits and this is much closer to the R32 than it is to a 3. you just want to abuse it to be honest and i think a lot of people will lose their licenses in it!!!
it is tight inside too, but i’m pretty big, and it’s not uncomfortable; it just feels small and compact – the way a sports car should. can’t get the seat adjusted for height very well though yet. it’ll come though.
quality inside is usual BMW, although the Pro Sat Nav that pops up isn’t as nice as the 3’s in-dash version. seats are better, stubby M Sport gear shift is too, although obviously it’s pretty stuff at the moment. the upgraded speaker system sounds ok but not great. not really worth the money if i am being honest.
footwell is tight compared to the 3. going to take some getting used to as the space between the pedals is proper sports car, not executive car.
seats in the back are great but your passengers will have to leave their legs at home. no room at all behind my seat and i’m 6 foot. but i didn’t buy it for my friends!!
too early to tell on the road really. again the engine is so new it’s not fair to boot it yet, but like the 335 it is very very rapid in any gear and in any rev range. the suspension is definitely more sorted than the 335 and inspires so much more confidence. the wheelbase seems so much shorter and the whole car feels so much more planted and gripper.
brakes are amazing, but harsh. again I guess that’s because it’s new.