BMW 128ti 2021 review - the best FWD hot hatch you can buy?
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This is the all-new BMW 128ti!
Now hear us out, BMW fanboys… We know you won’t be happy about the 128ti being front-wheel-drive! But Mat’s got his hands on one to find out if that's really such a bad thing.
For starters, the performance stats are more than good enough. With a 2-litre turbo under the bonnet, the 128ti can put down 265hp and 400Nm of torque! What’s more, it’s claimed it can power you to 60mph in just 6.1 seconds!
Sure those stats aren’t ground-breaking, but with a price tag of just under £34,000, the 128ti is clearly a direct rival for hot hatches such as the Golf GTI and Octavia vRS!
But does it have what it takes to top them? And more importantly, will Mat be able to hit (or even beat!) the claimed 0-60mph time in the wet?! You’ll have to keep watching to find out!
00:00 Intro
00:37 Price
01:07 Exterior Design
03:03 Interior
04:29 Back Seats
05:21 Boot
05:48 Five Annoying Features
07:45 Five Cool Features
09:02 Engine
09:23 0-60mph
11:10 Brake Test
11:57 Driving
14:37 Verdict
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  • XAMeLeoN

    > BMW 128ti 2021 review - the best FWD hot hatch you can buy? Uh. what about the MINI JCW :D Essentially same 0-60 numbers but a better hot hatch

  • Javier Naranjo
    Javier Naranjo

    You should try 330i vs 128ti, similar specs

  • Simon Dehn
    Simon Dehn

    Incorrect: you could get red brake calipers on the current 3 series before the 128ti came out.

  • comba06

    Really important purchase choice; you can apparently option a delete of the red parts and the Ti logo on any colour that has them

  • 呱太醫師

    The red everything looks cheap

  • Matt J
    Matt J

    Too bad the new 1 series looks like a brick

  • Douglas Thorburn
    Douglas Thorburn

    Can you not set your timing gear to 62 mph, BMW claim 6.1 to 100 km/h, I think this is why some of your times exceed specs.

  • Tesfa Bella
    Tesfa Bella

    can you tell as about paddel shifter i need to now

  • عصام جاسر
    عصام جاسر

    Ugly Face 😂😂 what happened with BMW designer not making any nice looking cars .. it's like Nike shoes 👟 hehe you right..

  • الحقيقة

    If you’re watching this video I hope you get this car and achieve all of your dreams

  • bign3ck

    Sounds like me in the bedroom 1:40

  • ev andersen
    ev andersen

    Probrably handles beyond most schumacher wannabes limits. But bmw not my bag.

  • Balazs Pinter
    Balazs Pinter

    Definitely the ugliest ...

  • The Shark Shed
    The Shark Shed

    I'm guessing they don't put the Michelin tyres on as standard, because if they did the fuel economy figures would be worse 👍


    CARWOW: your(only) one stop car comparison sight where cars compare to shoes😂 2:53

  • Slobodan Skobalj
    Slobodan Skobalj


  • QueenAlacorn Roblox
    QueenAlacorn Roblox

    Hi Car Wow

  • J. Savage
    J. Savage

    I hate this car

  • kieron moodley
    kieron moodley

    Drag race vs gti?

  • Steve Fu
    Steve Fu

    front wheel drive......................

  • Purwanti Allan
    Purwanti Allan

    The car is good. Much EXOTIC than before. Amazing.

  • Alex Henderson
    Alex Henderson

    Doesn't matter how good it is, I drive BMW 's because they're RWD. Meh.

  • virgil rytaar
    virgil rytaar

    Luv that ti sticker........but then u pointed out that its coming off, they should have used whatever Ford was using in the 80's, getting the stickers off my Capri was an ordeal

  • Ejdy DMJ
    Ejdy DMJ

    Them Ti sticker comes from the Wish I suppose 😅.. New car and peeling off allready? 🤔..

  • arun grover
    arun grover

    @carwow can you do the same review for Mazda 3 turbo?

  • Onesmus kariuki
    Onesmus kariuki

    i didnt misss th "//M" stripes on all seats...

  • bampie1

    Anyone that can recommend a BMW is relying on their advertising. Unfortunately the brand is a total disaster when it comes to reliability.

  • Steve Carter
    Steve Carter

    Ok! Firstly the grill says don't buy me! Secondly it's only auto says? I'm not interested in driving! Thirdly I'm not going to buy! Even though its not bad looking from any view other than the front! It seems to go well and lastly I really like BMWs! Please get this right.

  • Seigma

    I like the fact that most important part of this video is summarized in the first 5 seconds

  • Focused Man
    Focused Man

    Looks tacky.

  • Francis Maina
    Francis Maina

    Oh, you're fisting now Matthew? Haha!

  • Lucker

    Who else wants to see the 128ti against the i30n and the gti in a race?!

  • masa felipe
    masa felipe

    ti, M, ti, M, ti, ti, M, fake vents, they really went over the top. So its not M, while it is at the same time. Kind of.

  • Nikos Liolios
    Nikos Liolios

    do an rx8 matt

  • Callum Munro
    Callum Munro

    Ugly golf GTI copy.

  • Kirby

    The ti badges are horrible. I would peel them off as soon as possible if I owned one.

  • Scott Gordon
    Scott Gordon

    Odds of this appearing in the USA? 10% or less?

  • Lotsoloatile Motshabi
    Lotsoloatile Motshabi

    Drag race Golf GTI vs. BMW 128ti

  • RenegadeTimelord

    Jesus that is one ugly car.

  • Gary Steven
    Gary Steven

    When designers run out of good ideas

  • Gary Steven
    Gary Steven

    That grill hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah ha ha ha . hahahahahahahah

  • kieranhendy

    Anyone else notice the TI badge on the side already peeling off? Not a great sign on a brand new car now is it....

  • kieranhendy

    'tis definately sacrilege!

  • Crystal Beck
    Crystal Beck

    The statuesque south africa identically complain because veterinarian timely rush under a thoughtless thunder. tedious, many battle

  • Gerrit Roelofse
    Gerrit Roelofse

    More plastic trash from BMW.

  • TJG239

    you'd have to be mad to buy one of these over an F20/F21 125d/135i/140i.

  • Raktim Saikia
    Raktim Saikia

    This looks mush better than new m4 and M4 😂

  • Manty And Mati
    Manty And Mati

    Do it BMW X4 M40i review

  • Daniel Baker
    Daniel Baker

    That's a bit over the top on red accents. I like it, but it could be dialed back a skosh.

  • Per Ullgren
    Per Ullgren

    I think a mainstream 330i will beat everythig!

  • Per Ullgren
    Per Ullgren

    alLways compare to a 330I?

  • Majd Abokassab
    Majd Abokassab

    BMW really ruined one of their best care

  • Gee Williams
    Gee Williams

    just looks like a Kia

  • Arez YT
    Arez YT

    I’ve literally was watching tons of vids on this car 😍

  • Hello Play
    Hello Play


  • Stephen Fox
    Stephen Fox

    This is why the 208 gti puegeot sport is such a great buy

  • Simon Rupsi
    Simon Rupsi

    Looks like KIA

  • eeyvrcs

    I honestly thought this was the Hyundai i30 N for a second

  • sinethemba zena
    sinethemba zena

    This is rubbish compared to a GTI. Are they sure the is a twin turbo in this unattractive thing

  • Supercharged V8
    Supercharged V8

    This car is unfathomably ugly! What were they thinking?

  • Rozy Begum
    Rozy Begum

    Toytao yaris 2004

  • Martin Patterson
    Martin Patterson

    Decal was coming off, absolutely naff.


    Looks like a Kia!

  • Joliviak

    5 annoying things about this video: click up there... come on Mat we've seen them all, you bring it up too many times :(

  • Tube Dis
    Tube Dis

    It’s just trash 🗑

  • bounty 543
    bounty 543

    Wow it really is a downgrade for bmw

  • Derek Dalton
    Derek Dalton

    @2:03 the cheap n nasty sticker is peeling OFF....ALREADY!!!!😐

  • AyeRight85

    Too much red. Less is more ffs

  • Tymless Njugush
    Tymless Njugush

    Great car,,,great review...but dash seems a bit high...not made for small people like me

  • rob allen
    rob allen

    Is touchscreen optional or are you stuck with the bloody thing?

  • Tuka

    Mat, how rich are you? You have so many cars

  • soiung toiue
    soiung toiue

    Nice Mini 👍

    • soiung toiue
      soiung toiue

      Only me kinda feeling bmw looks like i30n?

  • fredofoto

    Come on BMW!!! At least make the @2:00 "ti" decal stick to the car.

  • Jeremy Stig
    Jeremy Stig

    The Golf GTI doesn't have any german competition in my eyes, since all the competitiors do a really poor job of marketing their cars haha. Everybody knows what a GTI is, what the heck is a 128ti or an A250? Never heard of that, doesn't excite me or anybody. Mini Cooper does a good job with it's Cooper Works and yeah you might consider them German at this point, after all BMW bought the rights to the John Cooper Works name in 2007.

  • TheCinemaphobic

    Good God, it is ugly!

  • Mileskelly4000

    What the best car for a 17 year old ?

  • Paul

    The rear is horrible. Side view is ok.

  • Owen Hughes
    Owen Hughes

    It’s literally a mini with a badly styled bmw body on top, same engine and everything...

  • ZeroKelvin0K

    Anyone else feels like the BMW design department thought the Civic Type R does look cool but we can't admit it and then designed this and of course botched it?

  • RL53

    The new BMW 128 TIM 😂

  • GeorgeT370

    Great looking car...looking so much better that the GTI...

  • Levid design
    Levid design

    Good old BMW graphics already peeling off.

  • Lee Johnson
    Lee Johnson

    BMW's are such a laughing stock now.

  • Shawn Massey
    Shawn Massey

    The rampant billboard wailly film because faucet prudently moor per a infamous subway. flowery, resonant mallet

  • Marko Butina
    Marko Butina

    XD give me more commedy material dude when journalist explaining about car but not tehnical field person

  • Victor Dogaru
    Victor Dogaru

    All FWD do that thing because of esp

  • That Guy Scott Webb
    That Guy Scott Webb

    The decal coming off is a deal breaker 😂

  • Beksization

    what an ugly thing

  • Jonathan Shin
    Jonathan Shin

    Only me kinda feeling bmw looks like i30n?

  • sotiris athanasakis
    sotiris athanasakis

    The best is here from 92, Eg Honda.

  • Heisenberg 1271
    Heisenberg 1271

    A premium bmw or a cost cutting vw 🤔🤔🤔

  • rHiAnNeXjAzE

    Plss answer me What do you guys think of the hyundai matrix 2006 1.6?

  • Sethus

    Looks more like a Hyundai than a BMW. Not a fan of this design.

  • SotosM3 E30
    SotosM3 E30

    They made a massive mistake making a fwd car

  • SnapMeOutOfit

    what a terrible car...

  • Glenn Sharp
    Glenn Sharp

    Annoying tick option on tyres! Not good BMW, not good.

  • Zal Moxis
    Zal Moxis

    to answer your first question, yes it is sacrilege

  • NoButton

    love it

  • NWO World
    NWO World

    KIA - SERIES 1

  • Papuna Gaprindashvili
    Papuna Gaprindashvili

    What the hell has BMW come to their best looking car is front wheel drive Hot Hatch 😢

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