Is the BMW 220i the sweet spot of the 2 Series Gran Coupe range?

BMW introduced the 2 Series Gran Coupe earlier this year with a simple two-tier line-up. For the average buyer, there’s the 218i powered by the modest but still lively turbocharged 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine developing 103kW and 220Nm. The entry-level model is good for a 0-100km/h sprint in a claimed 8.7 seconds.

Keener drivers will want to get into the more potent M235i which packs a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine rated at 225kW and 450Nm. As the flagship of the range, the all-wheel drive M235i gets to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds.

Think there’s a bit of a gap between the 218i and M235i? Indeed there is, and BMW has realised that, too.

From Q3 this year, the mid-spec BMW 220i Gran Coupe will join the range, bringing with it a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with 141kW and 280Nm. Paired with a 7-speed twin clutch sport transmission, the standard sprint to 100km/h is achieved in a swift 7.2 seconds.

Priced from $53,990 plus on-road costs, the 220i may quite possibly be the sweet spot of the 2 Series Gran Coupe range. It comes with the M Sport Package as standard, plus a host of goodies such as head-up display and sport seats.

When it arrives later this year, the 220i should be a strong contender against rivals Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3 in the compact sports sedan segment.

BMW 220i Gran Coupé specifications

  • M Sport Package including M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
  • 2.0-litre 4-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engine with 141kW and 280Nm
  • 7-speed double clutch Steptronic Sport transmission with steering wheel mounted shift paddles
  • Sport Seats, Cloth/Sensatec upholstery
  • BMW Individual headliner in Anthracite
  • 18” M Light alloy double spoke wheels, style 819 M Bicolour
  • Driving Assistant, incl. Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Approach control Warning with city-braking intervention, Rear Cross Traffic Warning, Rear Collision Prevention and Speed Limit Information
  • BMW Head-Up Display
  • Parking Assistant, incl. PDC (front and rear), Rear View Camera, Automatic Parking Assistant and Reversing Assistant
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional including 10.25” instrument cluster, 10.25” BMW operating system 7.0 display and Intelligent Personal Assistant
  • Connected Package Professional including Apple CarPlay plus Wireless Charging for
  • smartphone
  • Through-loading system
  • Storage Compartment Package
  • Lights Package incl. Ambient interior lighting and exterior BMW Logo projection on driver’s side
  • Interior trim finishers ‘Illuminated Boston’
  • LED headlights and tail lights, LED fog lights, front
  • Stereo speaker system, 6 loudspeakers (100W)

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé line-up

Variant

Engine

Power

Torque

0-100km/h (sec)

Kerb weight (kg)

MRLP

218i

1.5-litre three cylinder petrol
TwinPower Turbo

103kW

220Nm

8.7

1375

$49,990

220i

2.0-litre four cylinder petrol TwinPower Turbo

141kW

280Nm

7.2

1430

$53,990

M235i
xDrive

2.0-litre four cylinder petrol
TwinPower Turbo

225kW

450Nm

4.9

1570

$72,990

 

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