2010 BMW 1-Series Photo

2010 BMW 1-Series - Performance Review

 Get email updates
What will I get by subscribing to email updates?

At The Car Connection we are continually striving to get you timely, relevant information about the vehicle you are interested in. Our email updates will notify you whenever we have new information on this vehicle.

For example:

  • new car reviews for this model by our editors
  • news including price changes, new models, or recall info
  • new incentives and rebates that are being offered for this vehicle

Our goal is to keep you informed as you research!
Interested in purchasing?Browse Used Listings
/ 10
On Performance
On Performance
The 2010 BMW 1-Series is nimble, quick, and fun to drive, thanks to precise steering and zingy engines. 
9.0 out of 10
Browse BMW 1-Series inventory in your area.


PERFORMANCE | 9 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

steering action is direct and the handling is precise
Road & Track

BMW estimates 30 mpg on the highway
Popular Mechanics

a six-speed manual is the standard transmission, while a six-speed automatic with manual shift control is optional

Two models are offered for each body style—the 128i and the 135i—and both are available with either a six-speed manual or an automatic gearbox. The main difference between the two models is the engine; the 128i uses a non-turbo 230-horsepower version of the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, while the 135i provides a more ample 300 hp from its twin-turbo version of the 3.0-liter six.

Road & Track reports that the 135i "has amazing pulling power" and gives "new meaning to the term 'pocket rocket.'" Some reviewers, however, worry that the car's 3,500-pound weight will overwhelm the smaller engine in the 128i model. Despite this, Car and Driver finds the BMW 128i to be "pretty quick, taking an estimated 6.4 seconds for the 0-to-60-mph run equipped with the fluid six-speed manual." For those seeking a serious performance machine, the 135i's twin-turbocharged engine moves the car to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds according to some reviews read by

With either trim, Edmunds finds that "a six-speed manual is the standard transmission, while a six-speed automatic with manual shift control is optional."

Popular Mechanics notes that for sports cars "the flip side of all that high performance is usually poor fuel economy. Not here: BMW estimates 30 mpg on the highway." The official EPA estimates for the 2010 BMW 1-Series are 18 mpg city and 28 highway for the 128i, while the 135i returns 17 mpg city, 25 highway.

The 2010 BMW 1-Series handles well and steers beautifully, and it feels positively like a sports car. Popular Mechanics notes that on the track, "the steering, typical of BMW, [is] sharp and quick to react." Edmunds says that "body roll is minimal, and overall grip on models fitted with the sport package is superb." ConsumerGuide also praises the 1-Series' performance, claiming that "BMW's legendary handling capability carries over to the 1-Series." They are also surprised to discover that even BMW's "128i convertible with the base suspension and 16-inch tires exhibits little body lean in fast turns."

Stopping power is strong as well. Kelley Blue Book raves about the "huge front brakes that not only slow the small coupe with ease but also look great" on the 135i. The brakes on all trim levels of the 2010 1-Series are exceptional, and they hold up well under extreme conditions.


The 2010 BMW 1-Series is nimble, quick, and fun to drive, thanks to precise steering and zingy engines. 

« Prev: Interior / Exterior Next: Comfort and Quality »
Other Choices Read More
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

More From High Gear Media

© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC. Send us feedback.