BMW Malaysia has just launched the most power 1 Series available – the BMW M135i xDrive that we drove in South Africa last year – priced at RM355,646 inclusive of sales tax exemption. From tomorrow onwards, customers will be able to view the car at all authorised BMW dealerships.

With BMW Group’s Financial Services Malaysia’s Balloon Financing Plan, the M135i xDrive can be yours for RM4,058 a month based on estimates of an 80% loan on a 5-year tenure. Those who book the M135i xDrive online can even win a new BMW i8 Coupe.

Powering the hatchback is a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine similarly found in the X2 M35i here, along with the JCW models, with 306 hp and 450 Nm. The most powerful 4-cylinder by BMW is paired to an 8-speed automatic. 0 to 100 km/h is done in 4.8 seconds onward to a top speed of 250 km/h.

Beneath those 19-inch style 557 light-alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S0005 tyres are 4-pot caliper brakes in the front and single pot caliper units at the back. Inside, among the notable highlights of the cabin include an M Sport steering, M Sport seats and even M Sport seat belts with BMW’s famous M colours embroidered on it. Boot space is rated at 380-litre, with up to 1,200-litres with the second row seats folded.

As for driver assistance, the list of features in the M135i xDrive is rather comprehensive. They include Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Front Collision Warning with Braking Function, Rear Collision Warning, Active Park Distance Control and Reversing Assistant.

The Reverse Assistant can help the driver reverse out of a tight space or alley by recalling the last 50 metres covered. It is able to reverse the vehicle the same way it got in by taking control of the steering, braking and throttle.

For the latest price list of BMW vehicles in Malaysia, click here.


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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.