2013 BMW 135i Manual Coupe RWD 

  • $40k
  • 3.0L I6
  • 20 city 28 hwy
7.8 Out of 10
The 1 Series coupe is small by modern standards — roughly the size of a BMW 3 Series from the 1980s — but its tidy dimensions are an incredible asset when it comes to handling performance and help establish the car's stellar driving feel.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
For an engine with a lot of low-end torque — 317 pounds-feet at 1,300 rpm — I expected stronger off-the-line performance, especially in a car with a curb weight of 3,373 pounds, which is relatively light by modern standards.
by cars.com (May, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the BMW 1 Series


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26 MPG
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36 MPG

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Reviews Word on the street for the BMW 1 Series

Our test car had the standard six-speed manual.

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The coupe achieves an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 18/25 mpg with the automatic.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
The 135is sounds different, too, thanks to a louder performance exhaust.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
The turbo six-cylinder enjoys being revved — and it must be if you want to experience its considerable potential; BMW cites a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.9 seconds with the manual transmission or 4.8 with the optional dual-clutch automatic.
by cars.com (May, 2013)


Performance-oriented exterior cues help distinguish the 135is from the regular 135i, but they aren't as extreme as the ones on the now-discontinued 1 Series M. The overall look is aggressive without being over the top; features include unique 18-inch alloy wheels, black strakes in the twin-kidney grille and black mirror caps.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
You don't really feel the engine's power until the tachometer needle swings past 3,000 rpm.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
It's a driver's car that doesn't sacrifice everyday comfort, and that's why it's great.
by cars.com (May, 2013)


Even though the 135is is packed with its share of features, when compared with other new BMWs the standard cabin looks remarkably simple.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
The clutch pedal is firm underfoot, but not so heavy that commuting in traffic was a nightmare.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
Standard safety features for the 135is coupe include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants.
by cars.com (May, 2013)


Clutch engagement is predictable and smooth, but matching engine rpm when downshifting was tricky due to the gas pedal.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
It's the biggest issue with this manual-transmission drivetrain.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
Essentially, it's you, a slick-shifting six-speed manual and a turbocharged inline-six engine — and the results are magical.
by cars.com (May, 2013)


Typically, their enthusiasm is centered around handling, and that's where the 135is really excels.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
There's an appealing weightiness to it, and it provides a direct, undiluted feel for the road that perfectly complements the suspension.
by cars.com (May, 2013)
The car has a thick-rimmed M-style steering wheel that feels great in your hands.
by cars.com (May, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand BMW
Body style Coupe
Model year 2013
City range 280 miles
Highway range 392 miles
MSRP $40k
Annual cost $10,292

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 2.1 m³
CO2 per car made 0.68 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,440 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 6.11 kg

power & handling

Max torque 300 ft-lb @ 1,200 RPM
Max HP 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 11.46 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.1 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Optional
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Standard
Navigation system Optional
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


Carbon monoxide/mile 1.1 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 130 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 1
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I6
Paddle shifters Optional, $0
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 13.31 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.8 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 215 mm
Front wheel diameter 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 40

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks N/A
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 68.8 in
Front track width 57.9 in
Height 55.4 in
Length 172.2 in
Wheelbase 104.7 in
Curb weight 3,439 lb
GVWR 4,255 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 4 seats
Front seat room 49 ft³
Rear seat room 37 ft³
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