Vehicle Overview

The rear-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series enters its fifth year on the market with a few visual changes, as well as a new higher-performance version from BMW's M division, dubbed the 1 Series M. Above the entry-level 128i is the 135i, whose compact dimensions and two-door layout give it few genuine competitors. The car comes as a coupe or convertible; shoppers might cross-shop the 135i with the Nissan 370Z, Infiniti G37 coupe or top-end versions of Detroit's muscle cars.

The 128i is covered separately in Cars.com's Research section.

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    Exterior & Styling
    The 2011 5 Series is further proof that BMW is pulling itself out of an awkward design era. Recently, the only element that had seemed to tie one model to another was an ill-conceived — and poorly ...

    At a glance
    At a glance 1 Air toward the windshield and side windows 2 Air for the upper body 3 Air to footwell 4 Automatic climate control with 2-zone control Automatic climate control with 4-zone control ...

    Length, wheel base
    Length, wheel base 1 Wheel base: 110.6 inches/2,810 mm 2 Vehicle length: 182 inches/4,624 mm ...