NEW FOR 2009:

– Navigation Package adds second-generation iDrive; Premium Audio Package includes Sirius satellite radio; Premium Package adds heated steering wheel
– Available heated steering wheel as a stand-alone option
– Prewiring for CD changer and telephone discontinued
– 128i Coupe deletes stand-alone Comfort Access and adaptive headlight options; Comfort Access package now includes compass mirror
– 128i Cabriolet deletes available adaptive headlights; Premium Package now includes compass mirror
– 135i Coupe deletes stand-alone Comfort Access option
– Exterior colours: Space Grey replaces Sparkling Graphite

An all-new model on the Canadian market for 2008, the BMW 1 Series remains unchanged for 2009 save for modifications to its list of standard or optional features. Comfort Access is now unavailable as a stand-alone option but continues to be part of the available Comfort Package option, while adaptive headlights are now found only on the 135i models.

Both the 128i and 135i use a 3.0-lite inline six-cylinder engine, which is naturally aspirated in the 128i, and fitted with a twin turbocharger in the 135i. Both engines are shared with the 3 and 5 series, and both use a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Both models are available in coupe or cabriolet (convertible) configuration.

Features on the 128i Coupe include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, speed-sensitive power steering, automatic headlamps, adaptive brake lights, fog lights, heated mirrors, heated washer nozzles, rain-sensing wipers, tire pressure warning system, self-charging keyless remote, cruise control, leather-wrapped multifunction tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with pass-through, power windows, leatherette six-way manually adjustable heated seats, and CD/MP3 stereo.

The 128i Cabriolet adds driver and front passenger knee airbags, rollover protection, and fully automatic soft top. Its rear seat is fixed and includes a pass-through and transport bag.

The 135i models add 18-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, performance brakes, adaptive headlights, xenon headlamps with washers, and M aerodynamic body kit.

While many shoppers will expect the 1 Series’ price range to be the company’s lowest, this isn’t a "Junior 3 Series"; it should be considered on its own merit, with prices on the higher models than can overlap the 3 Series’ lower models. It’s more nimble than the 3, and the lighter weight means that these engines really shine, but the interior is tight; it’s definitely a driver’s car, but behind the wheel is exactly where you want to be.

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