2012 BMW 128 Overview
BMW’s smallest car, the subcompact luxury rear-wheel drive 128i, sports a redesign for 2012, offering improved aerodynamics and new interior and exterior design improvements.
Exterior improvements for the 128i Coupe and Convertible include a redesigned front fascia, and design changes to the headlight and taillight clusters. Interior refinements include minor design upgrades to enhance overall quality and luxury feel.
A 230-horsepower, 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine powers the BWM 128i, and come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The optional Steptronic six-speed automatic transmission offers three driving modes – Drive, with adaptive transmission control, Sport, supplying a more dynamic shift pattern, and Steptronic Automatic, which fives the hands-on control of a manual transmission but without the clutch. Steering wheel paddle shifters are an available option, and included with the Sports Package.
The 2012 BMW 128i underperforms in the fuel economy category, giving up only 18 mpg in the city, and 28 mpg on the highway for both the manual and automatic transmissions.
The four-seater Coupe and Convertible come with eight-way adjustable and height adjustable front seats, and 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, with leatherette upholstery. Leather upholstery, power front seats with driver seat memory, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. The standard AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system includes HD Radio, an auxiliary audio input, and iPod/USB adapter. Entertainment options include satellite radio with one-year subscription, and a Harman Kardon surround sound audio system. An optional navigation system provides mapping and real-time traffic information. Bluetooth wireless technology includes BMW Assist emergency and collision response, and is an optional feature. A premium package for interior upgrades includes wood and aluminum trim, auto-dimming mirrors with compass, and a universal garage door opener.
The new 2012 BMW 128i features circular fog lamps, headlights with LED accents and chrome-plated exhaust tips. The black or taupe Convertible softtop has a heated glass rear window and electric rear defroster, and power-folds in 22 seconds, even at speed up to 25 mpg. The convertible top takes about two cubic feet of cargo space when down, leaving eight cubic feet of available trunk storage. The Coupe has an optional moonroof with tilt and slide operation. The 128i features standard 17-inch wheels with all-season tires, and the M Sport and Sport packages offer wheel upgrades, sport suspension, trim accents, and other style enhancements.
Standard safety features include front and rear head protection system, driver and passenger front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and a crash sensor system that activates safe-disconnect of the alternator, fuel pump, and starter, and automatically unlocks doors and deploys hazard and interior lights. Stability and traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disk brakes with brake fade compensation, brake assist and brake drying features keep the wheels on the road and ensure braking response is immediate. The Convertible features a rollover protection system for added passenger safety and is reinforced with front and rear anti-roll stabilizer bars. Safety options include an anti-theft alarm system, and rear-bumper park distance control. Remote keyless entry is also an available option, and part of the Convenience Package.
The 2012 BMW 128i provides a fun and sporty driving experience, with a solid design and excellent performance. Although a little light on standard options for the price and far from leading the pack in fuel economy, the 128i is a great looking car that holds up on quality, power and handling.