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BMW 218i Gran Coupe 2020 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
7.8
The two-model 2 Series Gran Coupe line-up kicks off with the 218i at $47,490, before on-road costs

The two-model 2 Series Gran Coupe line-up kicks off with the 218i at $47,490, before on-road costs, and BMW’s aiming up at Merc’s CLA 200 ($60,700) with this car, at a more than $13K differential.

Aside from the standard active and passive safety tech that cost-of-entry includes: 18-inch alloy rims, a leather-trimmed sports steering wheel, sports front seats, head-up display, the ‘Live Cockpit Professional’ pack (10.25-inch instrument cluster, 10.25-inch operating system 7.0 media display and ‘Intelligent Personal Assistant’), Apple CarPlay (Android Auto is coming later in 2020), cruise control, keyless entry and start, ambient interior lighting, LED headlights, tail-lights, and fog lights, ‘Parking Assistant’ (front and rear sensors, reversing camera, ‘Auto Parking Assistant’ and ‘Reversing Assistant’) and a six-speaker (100-watt) audio system 

BMW’s packaging boffins will have sweated bullets to eke out every extra millimetre, but the hard fact is this 2 Series Gran Coupe is diminutive, and cozy is the best way to describe the interior.

The 218i Gran Coupe is powered by a version of BMW’s B38 in-line three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, used in various BMW and Mini models. The all-alloy unit features direct-injection, ‘Valvetronic’ variable valve timing and ‘Double-VANOS variable cam timing to produce 103kW from 4600-6500rpm, and 220Nm from 1480-4200rpm. It sends drive to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Claimed fuel economy for the combined (ADR 81/02 - urban, extra-urban) cycle is 5.9L/100km, the 218i, emitting 135g/km of CO2 in the process.

Pricing guides

$69,000
Based on 91 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$49,990
Highest Price
$89,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
230I Luxury Line 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $57,200 – 72,380 2020 BMW 2 Series 2020 230I Luxury Line Pricing and Specs
220i M Sport 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $51,900 – 65,670 2020 BMW 2 Series 2020 220i M Sport Pricing and Specs
220i M-Sport 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $49,900 – 63,140 2020 BMW 2 Series 2020 220i M-Sport Pricing and Specs
M240I M240I 3.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $65,900 – 83,270 2020 BMW 2 Series 2020 M240I M240I Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.8
James Cleary
Deputy Editor

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