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the 135i isn't a stripped-down entry-level car
throw on a premium package...you're in the neighborhood of $39,000
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All convertibles also come with a power-operated soft top and an upgraded climate control system
A silver lining for stick-shift fans like us is that BMW has decided to charge $200 more for the DCT option in the 135i on top of last year's already pricey $1375 automatic option
At the other extreme, the 135i comes standard with a sport suspension and 18-inch tires, a combination that reacts much more sharply to bad pavement, yet never feels harsh.
As with any BMW, the base specification for the 2012 1-Series is fairly generous, including Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, power accessories, steering wheel-mounted controls, and on the 128i coupe, HD Radio capability.
Optional extras are too numerous to list, but the highlights include navigation, iDrive infotainment system, power-folding cloth top on convertibles, a Premium package that smartens up the interior with high-grade wood trim, eight-way power-adjustable seats, ambient lighting, and more.
The one thing to beware of when outfitting your ultimate 1-Series, however, is how quickly the price tag can rise as the extras pile on.
A sound base specification and a long list of available options means the 2012 1-Series won't leave you wanting, but it may grow significantly in price.