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2017 BMW 1 M140i review

It’s been said before, the M140i is the last of the purist rear-wheel drive cars in this hot hatch segment (with BMW moving to the UKL platform later this year) and I’m lucky enough to have one in my garage. Not the prettiest hatch when it first arrived in 2012, a mid-life facelift has made it less ugly duckling, but still not quite a beautiful swan (that title might be reserved for the new A Class AMG)...

2018 BMW M140i review

I have had many cars over the years and I can honestly say that the BMW term, "Ultimate Driving Machine" stands true. For me this translates to the BMW M140i. Having been fortunate enough to have also owned a Nissan 370Z and an Audi S3 Sportback in the past, the M140i has proven to be the best all-rounder as an inner-city run around in Comfort Mode on weekdays, while transforming into a more than capable sports car and GT in Sport Mode on the weekends...

2009 BMW 135i Sport review

If you’re looking for a car that will bring a smile to your face every time you start the engine, then this is the car for you; the BMW 135i Coupe. From the instant the 3.0-litre straight-six twin turbo engine springs into life you know that you are in a performance vehicle designed to deliver "Driving Pleasure"...

2012 BMW 135i Sport review

The idea of a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged small car sounded too good to resist. On the first drive I loved it, and the performance was as good as my tuned 6.0-litre V8 Calais, but this is a much smaller car. It is just a fun little car to drive. It feels like a BMW should, and everything you touch feels a bit better than the cheaper cars...

2012 BMW 1 Series M Coupe review

In today's age of electronic power steering, drive modes and driver assists, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe (1M) presents one of the Bavarian factory's last forays into the mechanical motoring world. Engine Perhaps the most controversial part of the car is the N54 inline six-cylinder turbocharged engine sourced from a Z4 35is (also present in lesser tunes in the 135i, 335i, 535i – well, you get it)...

2014 BMW M135i review

I purchased the M135i when searching for a hot-hatch replacement to my Renault Megane RS250. After the test drive, there was no way I could not buy it. The power of a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six with torque produced just off idle and an exhaust note to die for was a recipe for drool. I was never, and still am not, a huge fan of the look as I generally like my cars to stand out a little more...

2018 BMW M140i review

A Note from the Editor: Will is a car enthusiast and a frequent contributor to the CarAdvice community. He has written this piece on his parents new BMW M140i that he hopes to buy from them someday. Check it out below! ____ All fun times must come to an end...

2010 BMW 135i review

Here I’m reviewing my 2010 BMW 135i twin-turbo e82 N54. I may be a bit biased, having now owned the car for a bit over a year, but let me explain why it’s easily the best car I’ve had the pleasure of owning. I purchased the 135i back in October 2016 off a middle-aged lady who used it daily as her work car. It had just ticked over 110,000km and been regularly serviced...

2018 BMW M140i review

The BMW M Series cars have always been a firm favourite of mine since I was a young lad. Growing up with the E36 M3, E39 M5 and M Roadster in the mid to late 1990s, I have always had tremendous admiration for all M cars coming from the famed Munich brand. With the introduction of the new BMW M Lite range, BMW has made the entry point into a performance BMW far more accessible...

2005 BMW 120i review

The day I had $60k to drop on a new car, I went shopping for a Golf. I wanted a multi-use hatchback. The key criteria was 'that a lawnmower would go cleanly into the back'. I test drove a Golf, only to discover the car had been designed such that the dash, clocks and gauges were outside my visual range. I couldn't even read the speedo! So I went for a peep at the 1 Series Hatch...

2017 BMW M140i review

On 27 May 2005, beside a roaring log fire at Darley’s Restaurant, my then fiancé took one sip of the 1976 Grange I had splashed out on for our engagement dinner and immediately announced to the waiter and myself, “Oh wow, that’s lovely, you have the rest darling”. It was as if she was reading from a script and I had written it...