I am very excited about the M135i but like most of the posts in this thread I would have to agree the car doesn't look as well as it drives. This, though, is not a big minus for me. I would still go for the M135i or 125i M sport if my budget isn't great. Although I like the looks of the new Merc A class a lot, I would still go for a 1'er without thinking twice.
I am just waiting for the insurance money on my car and then I will order a 1'er....if the new MINI F56 doesn't make me change my mind