BMW 128ti

Engaging driving pleasure

Introduction

After an absence of more than 20 years, the famed ti badge has returned to the BMW range in the form of the new 128ti. Featuring unique ti elements, exclusive exterior and interior detailing, the BMW 1 Series 128ti packs a punch to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. With M Sport specification as standard, the 128ti is striking in appearance while exhilarating in performance. 

Design

The 128ti has undergone subtle styling tweaks to differentiate itself from its 1 series siblings. These tweaks focus on a more intimidating design, as the BMW 128ti comes with dark-coloured mirror caps, a black BMW kidney grille and chrome tailpipe finishers as standard. The 18” Y-spoke M light alloy wheels in Bicolour Orbit Grey metallic (19” is also an option) are unique to the 128ti and are available with performance tyres.

Sporty features include thw 128ti’s exclusive side skirt design with red accents and the ti emblem, all of which can be swapped (or deleted, if desired) to black accents with the Melbourne Red or Misano Blue exterior paint finishes. Inside, contrasts of red and black feature throughout; a red ‘ti’ is stitched into the centre armrest between the M Sport seats, which – like the door armrests and panels, instrument panel and floor mat edging – also feature red contrast stitching. The M Sport steering wheel is also covered in black Nappa leather with red stitching and adapts an ergonomic design with contoured thumb rests. 

BMW 128ti

Technology

The infotainment features of the BMW Operating System 7.0 are accessed via a display screen of up to 10.25-inches with the customisable BMW Live Cockpit Professional as an option. For those looking to further upgrade the 128ti’s digital offerings, drivers can opt for the Technology Pack. This pack includes a 9.2” Head-Up Display, Parking Assistant, BMW Icon Adaptive LED Headlights, High-beam Assistant, enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging and WiFi hotspot preparation.​

A harman/kardon loudspeaker system is also available for installation across 16 speakers designed to produce full, consistent sound in every seat – ideal for music lovers. A convenient extra, Comfort Access allows the driver to access the vehicle without removing the key from a pocket or bag.

BMW 128ti
BMW 128ti
BMW 128ti

Safety

A range of driver assistance systems are available with the BMW 128ti, including Active Cruise Control with Speed Limit Assist and Front Collision warning with brake intervention if a hazard is detected. For all-round assistance and awareness, the Driving Assistant package includes Lane Departure Warning with Blind Spot Detection, Approach Control and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, Rear Crossing-traffic Warning and Rear collision prevention. 

BMW 128ti
BMW 128ti

Performance

Under the compact proportions of the 128ti sits a 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine, meaning the front-wheel drive car can sprint from 0-62mph in just 6.1 seconds (0.2 seconds faster than the new VW Golf GTI) and deliver 400Nm of torque. What’s more, optimised eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission allows for rapid and smooth gear changes. 

Complementing this power is the 128ti’s playful demeanour and heavy focus on handling. By lowering the vehicle by approximately 10mm, along with shorter suspension springs, tighter damper settings and harder stabilisers, M Sport suspension delivers a dynamic and sporty driving experience. This is combined with limited-slip differential, which improves traction and driving stability when accelerating hard, at high cornering speeds and on multiple road surfaces. M Sport brakes are equipped with multi-piston calipers in Red high-gloss to provide exceptional response and increased fade resistance.

BMW 128ti
BMW 128ti
BMW 128ti

Verdict

The BMW 128ti undoubtedly delivers an exciting and engaging driving experience, and makes the hot hatch market even more competitive. With an impressive list of standard equipment, you also get a lot more bang for your buck with the 128ti compared to other models in the same bracket. This car asks you to have fun with it – and it boasts all the power and agility to deliver.

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