What is it?
Until the arrival of BMW’s blazing 316bhp M135i, this BMW 125i is Munich’s hottest 1-series hatchback currently on sale.
Behind the 125i’s comparatively snarling face beats a 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine, which pumps out 218bhp, with 228lb ft of twist available between 1350-4800rpm.
Like its oil-burning 125d brother, 0-62mph is dispatched in 6.5sec, with top-end achieved at 151mph, just 2mph more than the diesel.
To distinguish the 125i from its more modest stablemates, BMW has garnered the exterior with 18-inch alloys, sporty bumpers and side skirts, plus twin chrome exhausts.
As you’d expect, the interior’s been upgraded to include figure-hugging sports seats and flashes of aluminium-effect finishes on the doors and centre console.