BMW 135i comparison with BMW E46 3-series

1-series | March 11th, 2008 by 3

Last summer when the first BMW 1-series photos came out, we decided to do a comparison between the BMW 135i and the BMW E46 3-series. …

Last summer when the first BMW 1-series photos came out, we decided to do a comparison between the BMW 135i and the BMW E46 3-series. It was one of our most read articles and of course, it has received some criticism. Many of our readers did not see the resemblance between these two models and believed that the E46 chassis is actually more similar to the E9x models. 

Back then, I have definitely disagreed with this statement and I felt that new 135i resembles in many ways the 330ci, for example. So yesterday, while surfing the 1addicts.com forums, I came across of some really cool photos showing an Alpine White BMW 135i parked right next to a 330ci E46. Once again, I was convinced that the two cars are similar in some ways and they are definitely a closer match than an E46-E90 pair.

Of course, there are also many differences between the two models, but I won't get into those right now and I will just let you see the photos and tell me your opinion.

P.S Disagreeing with me is encouraged since this is just my personal opinion :)

BMW 135i comparison with BMW E46 3 series

BMW 135i comparison with BMW E46 3 series

BMW 135i comparison with BMW E46 3 series

BMW 135i comparison with BMW E46 3 series

  • http://www.rawautos.com RawAutos

    Interesting comparison. What are your similarities?

  • http://www.carversation.com carversation

    They look same in pic 1 but not other pics.

  • Rick

    Kinda looks like someone grabbed the 330 by the roof and pulled up on it a bit…. or someone pushed down on the roof of the 135 to make the 330… Really like the 135i though. Going to sell my long term relationship… no not my wife my 2000 M5 and take European Delivery of the 135 in Aug.

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