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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.
Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, power accessories, steering wheel-mounted controls, and HD Radio capability are all standard on the 2013 BMW 1-Series models.
In addition to all of their performance upgrades, the 135is adds xenon headlamps, retractable windshield washers, power front sport seats, an M Sports multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, and a special anthracite headliner to the feature set.
Option packages and extras include a Technology Package (navigation with BMW Assist, real-time traffic info, and BMW Apps), a Premium Package (Comfort Access, a universal garage-door opener, Boston leather, and ambient lighting), and many other a la carte tech options such as rear parking sensors, active steering, automatic high beams, and an excellent Harmon/Kardon surround-sound system.
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 loaded 335is can top $52,000, and at that price point you'd better like the 1-Series more than the 3-Series or any number of more exclusive sports cars like the Porsche Boxster or Cayman.
The 2013 BMW 1-Series won't leave you wanting, but it might leave you in a state of sticker shock.