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

If you're looking for the most thrilling BMW 1 Series you can buy, the 128ti is it. This model certainly has the measure of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Cupra Leon when it comes to feel and driver engagement, while being more usable and easier to live with than the Ford Focus ST and Hyundai i30N

The 128ti has those cars beaten for interior quality and infotainment, too. All in all, it's a great all-rounder.

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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BMW 128ti

Price £34,550 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, 37%

Rivals:
Hyundai i30N
Volkswagen Golf GTI


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