2020 BMW M135i Measured Against Old M140i In Series Of Tests

It would seem that true progress in the compact premium segment doesn’t necessarily mean a faster car, especially when you switch over from a rear-wheel drive platform to a front-wheel drive one.

So while both of these cars feature xDrive all-wheel drive systems, they are different to drive and were definitely different when it comes to their straight line abilities.

For one, the all-new 2020 M135i doesn’t have as much power as the old M140i, and you’ll definitely notice it. The first test performed by Carwow was a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration from a standstill. On paper, the old M140i is quicker by about 0.2 seconds, but you’ll have to watch the clip in order to see who won and by how much.

Also Watch: New BMW M135i Tries To Be Hip In Official Launch Film

The two hatchbacks also raced from a roll, underwent braking tests and of course a typical test drive, where the newer model was predictably more comfortable to drive. Still, any BMW with an M ahead of its model designation is about performance, and the M135i is only working with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit, producing 302 HP (306 PS) and 333 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.

The M140i, on the other hand, is powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six rated at 335 HP (340 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.

Unlike the newer model, the M140i also features perfect 50/50 weight distribution and, if you happen to own a RWD model, you’ll already get to experience that sensation of being pushed out of a corner that you can’t ever get from a FWD car.

In the end, both small Bimmers are capable of impressing you in a great number of ways – some of which we’d never, ever guess…

 

  • alexxx

    Well well….well.

  • Aqua Boogie

    One option for drivers: M2 Competition. For people transport the Kia Ceed. Never a 1 or A class.

    • Matt

      Thankfully they’re not the only options…

    • Christian Wimmer

      I had a 2007 BMW 118i E87 and it was fun to drive.

      I now drive the new 2018 Mercedes A250 (FWD) and it is also heaps of fun. In fact I hardly notice it’s FWD unless I do a kick down (traction and torque steer issues). In corners it drives and handles rather well. I have to push it really hard in corners for me to again notice that it’s a FWD car.

      • Albert Ferrer

        They are not the same. The family has both had a first gen 118d 3 door and a third gen A220 CDi.

        I recently test drove an A220 (fourth gen) a second gen 118d and ended up settling for an M140i 3 door.

        If only for the way the rear drive chassis feels, it does indeed make all the difference. Never mind the six cylinder engine…

        • Christian Wimmer

          Obviously a FWD and RWD car will behave and drive differently, I don’t deny that.

          But we can kiss 6-cylinder and larger engines in the compact class goodbye thanks to all the hysteria regarding CO2 emissions, climate change etc. 😉

  • eb110americana

    I actually really like the design of the digital gauges in the latest Bimmers. Maybe I’m the only one. I am not sure on legibility while driving, but they look better to me than simply a digital facsimile of analogue gauges. Audi’s are pretty nice too. Mercedes’ look like outdated analogue watches to me, and they have the fewest display options for things like maps.

    One thing I am surprised about, is how many reviewers say how improved the 3-Series interior is. They clearly did some major cost cutting, and there are some very cheap looking, hard plastics on the center console and other areas. I don’t know if the M135i has these, but that is definitely not progress for BMW.

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