2021 BMW 128ti verdict and specs

Less powerful than the M135i, but significantly lighter, is the new 128ti actually the more agile and entertaining hot hatch?...

2021 BMW 128ti rear cornering

From our experience so far, we suspect the ultra-focused Honda Civic Type R will out-handle the 128ti, but the BMW certainly feels like it has the measure of the Golf GTI when it comes to front-end feel and driver engagement. And it certainly has them all beat when it comes to interior quality; not only does it feature far plusher materials, but it also has the best infotainment system in the class. In other words, the establishment should be worried. 

The next step will be for us to gather the class best together and throw the 128ti into the ring. So keep an eye out for our group test coming soon.

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Specification: BMW 128ti

Price £34,320 Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, turbo, petrol Power 261bhp at 4750-6500rpm Torque 295 lb ft at 1750-6500 Gearbox Eight-speed automatic 0-62mph 6.1sec Top speed 155mph Economy 40.9mpg (WLTP combined)  C02, tax band 158g/km, 36%