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
04:58 Boot
05:25 Five Annoying Features
07:22 Five Cool Features
08:39 Engine
09:00 0-60mph
10:47 Brake Test
11:34 Driving
14:12 Verdict
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  • FreedomWarrior
    FreedomWarriorTime siden

    Indeed - sacrilege and you should change the title for BMW sacrilege. I doubt anyone will buy that car.

  • Rizaan Jappie
    Rizaan Jappie5 timer siden

    Golf looks weak

  • Nitin Saini
    Nitin Saini11 timer siden

    I love watching even though most cars aren't available in india😂😂😎

  • Cemil Sapan
    Cemil Sapan12 timer siden

    Why is Matt surprised when he says it’s better quality than a Volkswagen... this is a BMW?!

  • Ray Siroff
    Ray Siroff13 timer siden

    5:30 Mat's annoying things about cars can really be eye openers. Really useful information.

  • Vertexon
    Vertexon17 timer siden

    3:48 Long thighs 👀

  • James Cozza
    James CozzaDag siden

    Nicest Veloster N on the market!

  • KK2891
    KK2891Dag siden

    Coming to the states?

  • mechanic bro
    mechanic bro2 dager siden


  • swansmeister
    swansmeister3 dager siden

    so people make lcd screens trying to look like analog dials and we also have analog dials tryna look like an lcd display, make up your mind people.

  • T 1000
    T 10004 dager siden

    I can fit for fingers in there 😳🤤

  • Alan Johnston
    Alan Johnston4 dager siden

    Great video Matt! 💪🏻🔥😎

  • Luis Fernando
    Luis Fernando5 dager siden

    Love this 128ti!

  • XAMeLeoN
    XAMeLeoN5 dager siden

    > 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 Naranjo6 dager siden

    You should try 330i vs 128ti, similar specs

  • Simon Dehn
    Simon Dehn6 dager siden

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

  • comba06
    comba067 dager siden

    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
    呱太醫師7 dager siden

    The red everything looks cheap

  • Matt J
    Matt J8 dager siden

    Too bad the new 1 series looks like a brick

  • Douglas Thorburn
    Douglas Thorburn9 dager siden

    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 Bella10 dager siden

    can you tell as about paddel shifter i need to now

  • عصام جاسر
    عصام جاسر11 dager siden

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

  • الحقيقة
    الحقيقة12 dager siden

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

  • bign3ck
    bign3ck12 dager siden

    Sounds like me in the bedroom 1:40

  • ev andersen
    ev andersen12 dager siden

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

  • Balazs Pinter
    Balazs Pinter12 dager siden

    Definitely the ugliest ...

  • The Shark Shed
    The Shark Shed13 dager siden

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

    EXTREME GAMING13 dager siden

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

  • Slobodan Skobalj
    Slobodan Skobalj14 dager siden


  • QueenAlacorn Roblox
    QueenAlacorn Roblox14 dager siden

    Hi Car Wow

  • J. Savage
    J. Savage15 dager siden

    I hate this car

  • kieron moodley
    kieron moodley15 dager siden

    Drag race vs gti?

  • Steve Fu
    Steve Fu15 dager siden

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

  • Purwanti Allan
    Purwanti Allan15 dager siden

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

  • Alex Henderson
    Alex Henderson15 dager siden

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

  • virgil rytaar
    virgil rytaar15 dager siden

    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 DMJ16 dager siden

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

  • arun grover
    arun grover16 dager siden

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

  • Onesmus kariuki
    Onesmus kariuki16 dager siden

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

  • bampie1
    bampie117 dager siden

    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 Carter17 dager siden

    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
    Seigma17 dager siden

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

  • Focused Man
    Focused Man18 dager siden

    Looks tacky.

  • Francis Maina
    Francis Maina18 dager siden

    Oh, you're fisting now Matthew? Haha!

  • Lucker
    Lucker18 dager siden

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

  • masa felipe
    masa felipe19 dager siden

    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 Liolios19 dager siden

    do an rx8 matt

  • Callum Munro
    Callum Munro19 dager siden

    Ugly golf GTI copy.

  • Kirby
    Kirby19 dager siden

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

  • Scott Gordon
    Scott Gordon20 dager siden

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

  • Lotsoloatile Motshabi
    Lotsoloatile Motshabi20 dager siden

    Drag race Golf GTI vs. BMW 128ti

  • RenegadeTimelord
    RenegadeTimelord21 dag siden

    Jesus that is one ugly car.

  • Gary Steven
    Gary Steven21 dag siden

    When designers run out of good ideas

  • Gary Steven
    Gary Steven21 dag siden

    That grill hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah ha ha ha . hahahahahahahah

  • kieranhendy
    kieranhendy21 dag siden

    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
    kieranhendy21 dag siden

    'tis definately sacrilege!

  • Crystal Beck
    Crystal Beck21 dag siden

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

  • Gerrit Roelofse
    Gerrit Roelofse21 dag siden

    More plastic trash from BMW.

  • TJG239
    TJG23921 dag siden

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

  • Raktim Saikia
    Raktim Saikia21 dag siden

    This looks mush better than new m4 and M4 😂

  • Manty And Mati
    Manty And Mati21 dag siden

    Do it BMW X4 M40i review

  • Daniel Baker
    Daniel Baker22 dager siden

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

  • Per Ullgren
    Per Ullgren22 dager siden

    I think a mainstream 330i will beat everythig!

  • Per Ullgren
    Per Ullgren22 dager siden

    alLways compare to a 330I?

  • Majd Abokassab
    Majd Abokassab22 dager siden

    BMW really ruined one of their best care

  • Gee Williams
    Gee Williams22 dager siden

    just looks like a Kia

  • Arez YT
    Arez YT22 dager siden

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

  • Hello Play
    Hello Play22 dager siden


  • Stephen Fox
    Stephen Fox22 dager siden

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

  • Simon Rupsi
    Simon Rupsi22 dager siden

    Looks like KIA

  • eeyvrcs
    eeyvrcs22 dager siden

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

  • sinethemba zena
    sinethemba zena22 dager siden

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

  • Supercharged V8
    Supercharged V822 dager siden

    This car is unfathomably ugly! What were they thinking?

  • Rozy Begum
    Rozy Begum22 dager siden

    Toytao yaris 2004

  • Martin Patterson
    Martin Patterson22 dager siden

    Decal was coming off, absolutely naff.

    MARKINAU822 dager siden

    Looks like a Kia!

  • Joliviak
    Joliviak22 dager siden

    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 Dis22 dager siden

    It’s just trash 🗑

  • bounty 543
    bounty 54322 dager siden

    Wow it really is a downgrade for bmw

  • Derek Dalton
    Derek Dalton22 dager siden

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

  • AyeRight
    AyeRight22 dager siden

    Too much red. Less is more ffs

  • Tymless Njugush
    Tymless Njugush22 dager siden

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

  • rob allen
    rob allen22 dager siden

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

  • Tuka
    Tuka22 dager siden

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

  • soiung toiue
    soiung toiue22 dager siden

    Nice Mini 👍

  • soiung toiue

    soiung toiue

    22 dager siden

    Only me kinda feeling bmw looks like i30n?

  • fredofoto
    fredofoto22 dager siden

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

  • Jeremy Stig
    Jeremy Stig22 dager siden

    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
    TheCinemaphobic23 dager siden

    Good God, it is ugly!

  • Mileskelly4000
    Mileskelly400023 dager siden

    What the best car for a 17 year old ?

  • Paul
    Paul23 dager siden

    The rear is horrible. Side view is ok.

  • Owen Hughes
    Owen Hughes23 dager siden

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

  • ZeroKelvin0K
    ZeroKelvin0K23 dager siden

    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
    RL5323 dager siden

    The new BMW 128 TIM 😂

  • GeorgeT370
    GeorgeT37023 dager siden

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

  • Levid design
    Levid design23 dager siden

    Good old BMW graphics already peeling off.

  • Lee Johnson
    Lee Johnson23 dager siden

    BMW's are such a laughing stock now.

  • Shawn Massey
    Shawn Massey23 dager siden

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

  • Marko Butina
    Marko Butina23 dager siden

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

  • Victor Dogaru
    Victor Dogaru23 dager siden

    All FWD do that thing because of esp

  • That Guy Scott Webb
    That Guy Scott Webb23 dager siden

    The decal coming off is a deal breaker 😂