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This small coupe is exhilarating to drive, with razor-sharp handling and a sporty feel that is missing in other recent BMWs. The 230i is the base version and comes with a 248-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; the uplevel M240i has a terrific 335-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder that responds instantly to every prod of the throttle.
A 405-hp M2 version with even sportier handling is available. The six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions are slick and super-responsive. The excellent front seats are very supportive, but the rear seats are cramped. Interior appointments are first-rate, and the iDrive control system is logical once mastered. All-wheel drive and a convertible are available. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard. New for 2020 is a four-door Gran Coupe version that rides on a completely different platform shared with the X1 and X2.
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2014-2019
2014 Redesign Year
The small 2 Series coupe and convertible has razor-sharp handling and a sense of immediacy that is unlike other recent BMWs, which seem to focus more on luxury and comfort. The 228i comes with a 240-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the up-level M235i we tested has a terrific 320-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder.
Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. The excellent front seats are surrounded with ample space, but the rear seats remain very cramped. Interior appointments are first rate but the iDrive unified control system remains a bit of a pain to learn and use. A sportier, more-powerful M2 version arrived in 2016. 2017 brought revised engines and a change in nomenclature, with the base 228i becoming the 230i and comes with a 248-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The M235i is renamed the M240i.
$28,625 - $41,550
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$25,100 - $36,775
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$22,125 - $32,925
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$17,125 - $26,325
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$14,550 - $22,275
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$13,075 - $19,700
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