The BMW 1-Series debuted in the U.S. in the 2008 model year with a coupe and convertible, and the coupe began with the 128i. This entry-level Bimmer continues into the 2013 model year with no changes, as it is still in its infancy as a model.
The 2013 BMW 128 has only a single trim level and that is the i. The BMW 128i comes relatively well-equipped with features like Bluetooth connectivity, 10-speaker audio, cruise control, run-flat tires, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and more. Under the 128i’s hood lays a 3.0-liter DOHC straight-six-cylinder engine with 230 horsepower. This engine mates to a six-speed manual transmission as standard and this combination nets the 128i 19 mpg city and 28 mpg city. In addition to its good fuel economy, the 128i hits 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds and hits a top speed of 130 mph.
The i is the only trim level available for the compact BMW 128 and it comes relatively well equipped for an entry-level coupe. On the outside, the 128i comes standard with four-wheel disc brakes with Dynamic Brake Control for stable and quick braking, front and rear anti-roll bars for extra stability in the twist, 17-by-7-inch Star Spoke alloy wheels for a sporty and luxurious look, heated side-view mirrors for quick clearing in cool climates, and chrome exhaust tips and exterior trim for a sharp look. The 128i’s interior comes standard with leatherette seating for a leather look without the increased cost, power windows and door locks for added convenience, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel for a nice grip, Bluetooth connectivity for safe phone operation, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3/HD Radio audio system with iPod connectivity and Aux-in connector.
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