2011 BMW 128 Overview
The entry-level 2011 BMW 128i is available in both coupe and convertible models and boasts a premium driving experience with all the available bells and whistles in a compact package.
The 2011 BMW 1 Series consists of the base 128i and turbocharged 135i. The 128i is BMW’s base coupe/convertible and is equipped with a 3.0-liter, 230-horsepower inline-six engine mated to a six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic with optional auto-manual shift or a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel estimates range from18 mpg in the city to 28 mpg on the highway. The fast and nimble rear-wheel drive 128i can race from 0-60 in an estimated 5.9 seconds, and competes against the likes of Mazda RX-8 and Nissan 370Z.
The 2011 BMW 128i rests on 17-inch alloy wheels and features standard heated side-view mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and a power soft top that can open or close in 22 seconds (on convertible models). Eight-way adjustable front seats, engine start/stop button, auxiliary input jack for audio devices and HD Radio are also standard. Interior space in the 2011 BMW 128i is versatile with 60/40-split folding rear seats that provide enhanced trunk volume (up to 13 cubic feet). The convertible’s leather seats feature BMW’s sun reflective technology, which lowers the temperature of seating surfaces exposed to the sunlight.
Optional equipment and packages abound, like the Value Package, which comes with an iPod/USB adapter and your choice of one of seven available colors of premium Boston Leather upholstery. The Cold Weather Package boasts heated front seats and fixed headlight washers, while the Sport Package features upgrades to 17-inch Light alloy Star-spoke wheels with performance run-flat tires, sport suspension, and sport seats. A Premium Package includes auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, power front seats, universal garage door opener, lumbar support, BMW Assist with Bluetooth connectivity and the Boston Leather options from the Value Package. And last but not least, the Convenience Package features Park Distance Control, Xenon adaptive headlights that follow the direction in which you are steering and keyless entry with an anti-theft alarm system. A 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo with a CD player and MP3 capability and a navigation system, which utilizes BMW’s iDrive control system are also optional.
The 2011 BMW 128i is protected by a host of standard safety technologies, including side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants (except for the convertible, which features pop-up roll bars), an electronic stability system and antilock brakes.
Even though it’s an entry-level vehicle, the 2011 BMW 128i coupe/convertible still bristles with luxury and provides a world-class driving experience.