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2022 BMW 2-Series

Starting at $37,345

8.5/10 C/D RATING
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8.5/10 C/D RATING

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  • Highs Turbo six's really quick acceleration, ride and handling are even better, solid performance value.
  • Lows No manual transmission option, no convertible body style, back seat is somehow smaller than it was.
  • Verdict The new 2-series coupe loses some desirable traits but adds stronger performance and bolder style.
By Eric Stafford

Overview

With the 2022 BMW 2-series, the German automaker makes its entry-level, two-door car even more satisfying. We even named it to our Editors' Choice list. It's still available with rear- or all-wheel drive, and its turbocharged engine options include a 255-hp four-cylinder (230i models) and a 382-hp straight-six (M240i). A convertible body style and a manual transmission option are both gone. Still, the new 2 coupe is just as entertaining to drive and even more poised on the road. While it has a more distinguished façade and a modern interior, its back seat is actually smaller than its predecessor. As the follow-up to one of BMW's most affordable and satisfying machines, the 2022 2-series lives up to those expectations.

What's New for 2022?

The '22 2-series marks an all-new generation for one of BMW's most entertaining models. While we're happy to report it still comes standard with rear-wheel drive, the drop-top option has been dropped. Thankfully, the even racier M2 coupe will return and could have a manual gearbox.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    We think the rear-drive 230i is the one to buy. Its 255-hp turbo four isn't nearly as quick as the 382-hp straight-six in the M240i, especially without the added traction of all-wheel drive, but we think it'll be similarly fun to drive with the addition of the Dynamic Handling and M Sport packages. The former requires the latter, but combined their mix of performance upgrades (bigger wheels on stickier tires, firmer suspension components, stronger brakes, etc.) and unique visual treatments are highly desirable.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    The 230i features a 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the M240i has a 382-hp turbo 3.0-liter inline-six. Initially, the 230i is only offered with rear-wheel drive; the M240i is all-wheel-drive only. However, both variants will eventually be available with each respective drivetrain. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission choice. During our test of the 230i, it reached 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and a quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds at 101 mph. Those looking to squeeze the most performance out of the 230i will want to choose the M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages that together include 19-inch wheels on performance tires, a sportier suspension, upgraded brakes, a variable-ratio steering system, and an electronically controlled rear differential. Most of these goodies and more come standard on the M240i. When we tested the M240i we were impressed by its quick acceleration (60 mph in 3.6 seconds) and more refined ride, but we wish it had better steering feedback.

    2022 bmw m240i rearView Photos
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      Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

      The rear-drive, four-cylinder 230i is rated at 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive, six-cylinder M240i is rated at 23 mpg city and 32 highway. During our 75-mph fuel-economy test, the rear-drive 230i achieved 38 mpg, beating its EPA estimate. For more information about the 2-series's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

      Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

      Although BMW's interior design language isn't groundbreaking, it is enhanced by excellent build quality and satisfying ergonomics. Inside, the new 2-series adopts the company's ubiquitous styling and layout. While a set of analog gauges are standard, a fully digital instrument panel that measures 12.3 inches and a head-up display are available. We only wish the front seats felt more supportive. Also, despite an increase in overall length and width, including a wheelbase that's stretched by 2.0 inches, the coupe's back seat has less headroom and legroom than the model it replaces.

      Infotainment and Connectivity

      The 2-series' infotainment system runs through either a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen or an available 10.3-inch unit. Along with steering-wheel controls and voice commands, the interface can be manipulated via a rotary controller on the center console that's surrounded by useful shortcut buttons. BMW also kindly includes a physical volume knob. Every model includes a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10-speaker stereo. Those who want a more powerful sound system can upgrade to a 14-speaker, 464-watt Harman Kardon setup.

      Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

      Along with an array of standard driver-assistance technology that includes blind-spot monitoring, every 2-series is fitted with front and rear parking sensors. It can also be optioned with a self-parking assist that will automatically park it in or out of parallel or perpendicular spots. For more information about the 2-series's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

      • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
      • Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
      • Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology

      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

      BMW's limited and powertrain warranties are competitive with other luxury automakers, but its complimentary maintenance is a perk that Mercedes-Benz doesn't offer at all.

      • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
      • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
      • Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles

      Specifications

      Specifications

      2022 BMW 230i
      Vehicle Type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

      PRICE
      Base/As Tested: $37,345/$48,520
      Options: M Sport package (Shadowline exterior trim, M steering wheel, variable sport steering, M Sport suspension, aerodynamic kit), $3250; Premium package 2 (ambient lighting, Adaptive LED headlights, heated steering wheel and front seats, keyless entry, moonroof), $1950; Dynamic Handling package (M Sport differential and brakes, summer tires, 155mph top speed limiter), $1900; Oyster leather interior; $1450; Harman/Kardon stereo system, $875; Shadowline package (red brake calipers, M Sport Pro package, M Shadowline lights), $850; Brooklyn Grey Metallic paint, $550; lumbar support; $350

      ENGINE
      turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
      Displacement: 122 in3, 1998 cm3
      Power: 255 hp @ 6500 rpm
      Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 1550 rpm

      TRANSMISSION
      8-speed automatic

      CHASSIS
      Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
      Brakes, F/R: 13.7-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc
      Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
      F: 225/40R-19 93Y ★
      R: 255/35R-19 96Y ★

      DIMENSIONS
      Wheelbase: 107.9 in
      Length: 179.0 in
      Width: 72.4 in
      Height: 54.8 in
      Passenger Volume: 88 ft3
      Trunk Volume: 10 ft3
      Curb Weight: 3554 lb

      C/D TEST RESULTS
      60 mph: 5.1 sec
      100 mph: 13.4 sec
      1/4-Mile: 13.7 sec @ 101 mph
      130 mph: 26.1 sec
      Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
      Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 6.1 sec
      Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.1 sec
      Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.8 sec
      Top Speed (mfr's claim): 155 mph
      Braking, 70–0 mph: 152 ft
      Braking, 100–0 mph: 309 ft
      Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.92 g

      C/D FUEL ECONOMY
      75-mph Highway Driving: 38 mpg
      Highway Range: 520 mi

      EPA FUEL ECONOMY
      Combined/City/Highway: 29/26/35 mpg

      2022 BMW M240i xDrive
      Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

      PRICE
      Base/As Tested: $49,545/$58,995
      Options: premium package (adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, heated front seats and steering wheel, navigation, head-up display), $2750; cooling and high-performance tire package (245/35R-19 front and 255/35R-19 rear performance tires, additional engine-oil cooler, larger radiator fan), $2400; leather seats with bolster adjustment, $1450; Harman/Kardon audio system, $875; parking assistance package (active park distance control, surround view camera), $700; Thundernight metallic paint, $550; Shadowline package (dark trim), $400; lumbar adjustment, $350; aluminum tetragon trim, $150; drive recorder, $100; passenger width delete, -$100; passenger lumbar delete, -$175

      ENGINE
      turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
      Displacement: 183 in3, 2998 cm3
      Power: 382 hp @ 6500 rpm
      Torque: 369 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

      TRANSMISSION
      8-speed automatic

      CHASSIS
      Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
      Brakes, F/R: 14.7-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc
      Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
      F: 245/35ZR-19 (93Y) ★ R: 255/35ZR-19 (96Y) ★

      DIMENSIONS
      Wheelbase: 107.9 in
      Length: 179.4 in
      Width: 72.4 in
      Height: 55.3 in
      Passenger Volume: 85 ft3
      Trunk Volume: 14 ft3
      Curb Weight: 3877 lb

      C/D TEST RESULTS
      60 mph: 3.6 sec
      100 mph: 9.1 sec
      1/4-Mile: 12.1 sec @ 114 mph
      130 mph: 16.2 sec
      Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
      Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.0 sec
      Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.4 sec
      Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec
      Top Speed (mfr's claim): 155 mph
      Braking, 70–0 mph: 153 ft
      Braking, 100–0 mph: 307 ft
      Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.94 g

      EPA FUEL ECONOMY
      Combined/City/Highway: 26/23/32 mpg

      C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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