BMW hopes to cover all bases with its new 2020 M235i xDrive Gran Coupe. It mixes all the best parts of cars, crossovers and coupes.
Despite the name, the M235i Gran Coupe is a four-door sedan that can compete with other European luxury cars such as Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 and Audi S3. M235i is a performance model of the 2 series. You can also choose the 228i, which is very similar to the M235, but with less engine power and a shorter list of standard features.
The Gran Coupe is only 4 inches longer than the two-door 2 series and 7 inches shorter than the 3 series. What makes Gran Coupe a coupe makes sense? It has a slanted rear roofline and rear window, just like you see on your favorite sports car. Its driving force is somewhat encouraging, but almost none. All models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive is only engaged when needed (via the rear axle). When all-wheel drive is not used, a laterally mounted engine will power the front wheels.
Under the hood of the M235i, you will find a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can provide a very powerful 301 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. It moves quickly around bends and corners, and feels solid and exciting during the journey. The steering is very precise and the braking is very sensitive. Although BMW fans may have a lot to say about this BMW and its fake sports car, I think its handling is excellent and it is really fun to drive.BMW said that the M235i xDrive Gran Coupe will accelerate from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds by starting control; but I have not tried it myself.
For vehicles like this, the average mileage is average. During the week I drove, my fuel consumption was 23 miles per gallon. The EPA is rated at 23/32 mpg.
The list of features that make it a true luxury car includes 18-inch wheels, integrated navigation system, Apple CarPlay interface, leather interior, 10-speaker audio system, ambient interior lighting, and keyless entry and start. It also comes standard with a series of driver safety/assistance functions, such as a forward collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors and rear-view cameras.
I like adaptive cruise, head-up display and wireless phone charger. The seat is very comfortable, and the electrically adjustable seat has the best lumbar support, which can be remembered in the car. Maybe my back hurts more than usual that week; it feels good to sit and drive.
Although the 228i has a much smaller start, the base price of my M234i xDrive Gran Coupe is $45,500. My test car added few extra features (not a lot), and the final price was $51,295.