BMW M135i Review - Is it Still an Epic Hot Hatch?

This is as much performance as you're likely to get in the current 1 Series. How does the 135i live up to its heritage now that it has changed the very thing that made it unique? Ciro De Siena made this video to explain it.

Every now and then, a test car arrives at the office and divides opinion among the Cars.co.za journalists. This is not one of those times.

With the new BMW M135i, BMW has removed all the character traits that made the M140i so special. Six-cylinder engine? Cheers. Rear-wheel-drive? Also gone. So this is now an all-wheel-drive, 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder hatchback. So, it's basically a Golf R?

In this video, Ciro De Siena finds out if there's any BMW-ness left in the flagship 1 Series.

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