Is the BMW 128i really all it’s cracked up to be?

BMW is a brand loved by many. However, times have changed and with them many of the car company’s values. The BMW F40 (yes, that’s the chassis code) has done away not only with the inline-six but also with the rear-wheel-drive layout. It has dropped its distinctive characteristics in favor of practicality. Motorsport Magazine took the BMW 128ti – the second most powerful version after the 135i – and tried to justify its purchase over the rest of the hatchbacks.

Motorsport Magazine Tries To Make A Case For The BMW 128i
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BMW is mostly associated with performance, at least as far as the younger audience is concerned. With this in mind, the colleagues from Motorsport Magazine have chosen to focus on the performance aspect of the car, more specifically the acceleration from standstill to 220 km/h (137 mph).

Although the video does a great job at showcasing the Bavarian hot hatchback’s speed capabilities, boasting a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 6.1 seconds, as tested, we are still not sure about paying for it when the Golf GTI offers similar performance at a more affordable price.

While the latest BMW F40 is undeniably more practical, it has lost that which makes it distinguishable from the rest. Still, we have to give credit where it’s due, as the new 128ti offers impressive performance, courtesy of the 2.0-liter turbo-four producing 265 horsepower (195 kW) and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm).

Motorsport Magazine Tries To Make A Case For The BMW 128i
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BMW 128ti specifications
Engine 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged
Horsepower 261 Horses
Torque 295 pound-feet
0-62 mph 6.1 s 
Top Speed  155 mph
Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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