Erin Riches, a Senior Editor with Edmunds, had an interesting experience with a BMW 135i this past weekend. Despite the raving reviews that the 135i received over the course of the last several months, including Edmunds’ own review, she came up with a different conclusion from another angle: the 135i might not be the most fun car for just a regular daily boring driver.
While I do agree with him on several points, I also feel the need to mention that the BMW 135i can be as fun as you make it to be. The car has potential, but it “follows” your driving style.
Anyway, it’s a great short review and I had fun reading it.
I keep hearing from others how good our 2008 BMW 135i is, so this weekend I did my best to ignore its red-orange paint, eternally stunned expression and squishy seats. For the first 30 miles of errand-running, this was pretty easy: This car is quick. Not in an explosive, must-go-to-redline sort of way, but in an I-can’t-believe-I’m-going-that-fast-because-it’s-just-so-smooth kind of way.
But after I realized how easily I could make myself into the most beloved motorist on the freeway in the 135i, I got bored with it.
It doesn’t ride well and feels much less refined than a 3 Series: When it hits an expansion joint, the 1 feels kind of squooshy as its springs compress, but then it rebounds more harshly than I think it should. The steering disappoints me, too. The ratio doesn’t seem quick enough for the small, elfin BMW, and there’s not much feel. I realize my observations contradict earlier things we’ve written about this car, so you should feel free to disagree with me on all points.