There are still a few classic BMWs left. While most of the BMW lineup leans towards new design languages and big crossovers, the new BMW 230i is here for the purists. It eschews the massive grilles and larger bodies offered by other new BMWs, combining the best of the new BMW with the classic 2 Series drivers know and love.
First, consider please this positioning.
- 220i: 184 hp/300 Nm
- 230i: 245 hp/400 Nm
- M240i xDrive: 374 hp/500 Nm
- 220d: 190 hp/400 Nm
- 220i: 7.5 seconds
- 230i: 5.9 seconds
- M240i xDrive: 4.3 seconds
- 220d: 6.9 seconds
Note that there are a few different Series 2 cars in the US - the coupe and the four-door. They are pretty much unrelated. We're looking at the 230i, which is a coupe.
The 230i offers a more "purist" driving alternative by combining propulsion and a powerful engine. With 245 horsepower, ten less than the American version, but an identical torque of 400 Nm, the 230i achieves, according to factory specifications, the 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds.
The new BMW 230i Coupé is associated with a two-liter turbo engine that develops 245 hp and is combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It's only offered with the rear-wheel drive system, leaving all-wheel drive for the more explosive M240i.
The 2022 BMW 230i may offer a few changes from the last generation, but it retains everything you know about the love of the BMW 2 Series, while adding a few more modern features.
2022 BMW 230i Exterior
The 2022 BMW 230i proves that BMW hasn't completely forgotten its past. It looks like the BMWs you've come to love over the past few years. But there's still a lot about the car that's new.
The front of the car is excellent. It has the classic BMW grille, eschewing the oversized grilles used in newer BMWs like the new 4 Series.
For starters, the car is built on the same platform as the 3 and 4 Series, and the result is that it's a bit longer than the 2021 model. It's also a bit heavier and 2.6 inches wider, which actually helps make it a bit roomier.
Interior of the 2022 BMW 230i
The interior of the car looks much more like other new BMWs. This, however, is a good thing. I love the interior of the new BMWs, right down to the premium stitched leather and well-designed controls. The car offers three-zone automatic climate control, so your rear passengers can make their own climate control decisions.
Speaking of rear passengers, there's plenty of room in the back for them. I drove my family of four from Charlotte to Columbia, SC to see my older son and he joined us to go out, which made five of us in this car. According to BMW, there's a little more room in the back for 2022. The rear seats are fine for shorter trips, but you won't get much legroom in the back. We did OK and no one in my family complained much.
One thing about the rear seats, the middle of the rear seat can be folded down, which is very practical. This is especially handy considering that while the trunk has enough room for everyday use, it's not huge. The trunk has about 10 cubic feet of space.
Up front, you'll get features like one-person wireless charging, along with typical BMW controls like the shifter, drive mode buttons, and more. There's also a nice deep glove box and the seats are heated, but not cooled.
I generally find the interior of the 230i to be comfortable and upscale.
Infotainment of The 2022 BMW 230i
At the front of the BMW 230i, the car comes standard with an 8.8-inch infotainment screen and an analog instrument cluster, but you can upgrade to a 10.3-inch screen and a dashboard. 12.3-inch digital edge, which may be worth it. some drivers. The car's system is still relatively easy to navigate. And, it supports both Android Auto and CarPlay, both over a wireless connection. Generally, the screen is bright and crisp, and the interface is relatively responsive.
The car offers several safety and driving assistant features, such as the lane-keeping assist, which kicked in once or twice while I had the car, and there's obviously basic cruise control. On top of that, you will get forward collision warning and a 360-degree sensor view when parking.
When driving the 2022 BMW 230i Coupe you feel that the vehicle has a firm grip of the road. In my opinion this car is easy to handle and very tight in the corners. The suspension is well tuned and provides a smooth ride that still lets you feel close to the road.
The engine is not as aggressive as the M240i, but this is a sports car and fun to drive. While it doesn't quite match the M240i in terms of performance, it's more than fast enough for everyday driving. Plus, it strikes more of a balance between comfort and performance, making it a better option for some.
The 2022 BMW 230i Coup strikes an excellent balance between sportiness and comfort, without breaking the bank. In fact, It's the least expensive BMW sports car you can buy today. With all the options my test vehicle was listed at $46,570 MSRP. It had a surprisingly nice MPG of 29 MPG and 26/35 city/highway respectively.
This vehicle adds some modern features that improve comfort and the driving experience while retaining the basics that make it a 2 Series BMW. What I particularly liked reviewing the 2022 BMW 230i Coupe was the following. The vehicle has a classic design. It's fun to drive and surprisingly good mileage for day to day driving. It has quick acceleration and excellent maneuverability.
If you are looking for a small coupe, this may be one of the best options in on the market.
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