Jeremy Clarkson review: BMW M135i

BMW M | November 21st, 2012 by 18
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Renowned British journalist and host of Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson shares his own impressions on one of the most fun to drive BMWs, the M135i. …

Renowned British journalist and host of Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson shares his own impressions on one of the most fun to drive BMWs, the M135i.

BMW M135i is powered by a 3-litre, straight six-cylinder engine and 235 kW/320 hp and 450 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The technology package includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing.

The BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h – the top limit permitted by the vehicle’s electronic speed control system. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.0 liters (7.5 liters)/100 km, and the CO2 emissions level is 188 grams (175 grams) per kilometer.

But how does it drive? Let’s see an excerpt from his review:

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And that’s what gives the BMW M135i such massive appeal. You will never go round a corner trailing smoke from its out-of-shape rears . . . but it’s nice to know you could.

There is a lot more to commend this car as well. It has a supremely comfortable driver’s seat, an excellent steering wheel, impossibly Germanic controls and a perfect driving position. Get in and, no matter what age has done to your frame, you will immediately feel at one with the machine. Then there’s the engine. To appease those of a tree-hugging disposition, it is fitted with a compound turbocharger, which means that, after a hint of lag, there is a never-ending stream of bassy, gutsy power. In the real world, where there are other motorists and lampposts and policemen, this car is as fast as you would ever want.

And because it’s rear-wheel drive, the front wheels don’t have to multitask. They have only to worry about steering, which means the car feels balanced. It’s fantastic — as good as the Mercedes A 250 AMG I tested recently was bad.

There’s more, too. While it’s better- looking than its predecessor, which had the appearance of a bread van, it’s still no beauty. But, like all modern BMWs, it’s understated and tasteful. Yes, rivals have more space inside, but we’re talking about a few centimetres here and a bit of an inch there. And if you truly like cars and truly like driving, that is a price well worth paying.

  • http://jameseo.com/ JameSEO

    Ugly. Looks like a Prius.

    • uglyjames

      your face is ugly and looks like a dog’s ass.

      • E28

        haha, @897bf8c6bad7d9ed433312de5732ed2e:disqus the car is not ugly, you just dont understand extravagant design.

    • empower

      all you can comment on is its looks. when you have never seen one in person. what abouts its performance per buck. i live in the uk and they are very popular and look great on the road. and looks nothing like a prius. i guess you would go for the blend a1.

  • Fear

    Short but great review, M135i is indeed a masterpiece.

  • maxdriver

    In the next week I pick up a 2013 135i coupe. The hatch is more practical, but I prefer the looks of the coupe. The hatch is not available in the States now, so it wasn’t even an option, but just saying….

    • http://twitter.com/135Misha Misha Nikolich

      Congrats, and enjoy your new 135i coupe! It’s a fantastic car. I myself wish the 5 door hatch was offered in the U.S.

  • http://twitter.com/135Misha Misha Nikolich

    Good review by Jezza. I can’t wait for the full M version to come out. My favorite line, “Get in and, no matter what age has done to your frame, you will immediately feel at one with the machine.” That is what the M135i is all about.

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