2022 BMW M135i xDrive verdict and specs

It might look the same, but a handful of tweaks have been made underneath the BMW M135i xDrive, but is this performance hatch better for it? We find out...

BMW M135i xDrive 2022 driving rear

As the current BMW 1 Series has been on the market since 2019, it is likely the whole range will be treated to a more comprehensive update in a few years. This specific update to the M135i just tweaks the suspension, the torque vectoring and the synthetic engine sound. That means that if it wasn’t your bag before, the recent update won’t significantly change that. 

However, the tweaks are successful in giving the M135i a broader range. The standard car is grippier and a bit more full-on, whereas the version with adaptive suspension is more relaxed but still very capable down a twisty road. It’s mostly a matter of personal preference, but especially on the UK’s bumpy roads, we feel that the adaptive set-up strikes a better balance on a car that will be an everyday car for most people.

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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BMW M135i xDrive

Price £38,370 Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, turbo, petrol Power 302bhp at 4500-6250rpm Torque 332 lb ft at 1750-5000 Gearbox Eight-speed automatic, four-wheel drive 0-62mph 4.8sec Top speed 155mph Economy 38.2mpg (WLTP combined)  C02, tax band 168g/km, 37%

Rivals:
Audi S3
Volkswagen Golf R


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