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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.
The transmissions are slick and super-responsive. The excellent front seats are very supportive, but the rear seats are tight. Interior appointments are first-rate, and the iDrive control system is logical once mastered. All-wheel drive and a convertible are available. FCW and AEB are standard. The four-door Gran Coupe rides on a completely different platform, which is shared with the X1 and X2.
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2014-2020
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. Updates for 2017 brought a change in nomenclature, with the base 228i becoming the 230i and powered by a 248-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Changes for 2020 included the Gran Coupe 4-door versions, 228i xDrive and M235i xDrive, which were based on a different, less performance-oriented platform.
$33,150 - $50,275
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$31,125 - $47,850
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$28,000 - $42,575
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$24,800 - $37,700
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$19,350 - $31,075
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$16,550 - $25,875
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$14,800 - $22,750
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