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BMW 220i Coupe (2014)
The 220i is the entry-level to BMW’s new 2 Series of premium luxury coupe, replacing the 1 Series Coupe line-up.
A tad over $50k gets you a 135kW/270Nm, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine; state-of-the-art auto; rear-wheel-drive dynamics; a host of equipment; first-class safety; and classy interior; all wrapped up in a compact, sleek three-door body. We think it’s a lot of car for the money.
There’s some initial turbo lag, but the inline-four is a tractable unit, delivering peak power across a 5000-6250rpm range. The torque spread is also mightily broad, maxing out at 1250rpm and staying strong through to 4500rpm.
BMW’s eight-speed auto is one of our favourites, delivering its up or downshifts with near-indiscernible precision, and there’s a drive mode for every occasion. Around town, select EcoPro for thrifty commuting; switch to Comfort for when the journey takes a bit longer and the ride needs to be softer. And when the back roads twist and turn, opt for Sport or Sport+ – the steering weightens, throttle response sharpens and suspension firms to deliver an impressively sporty drive.
The interior is comfortable, accommodating and well-equipped.
Our test car came with optional $4385 M Sport package, so it looked the goods with 18-inch alloys, aero kit, rear spoiler, sport suspension and leather trim.
Drive dynamics, user-friendliness, (comparatively) low price.
Rear head space tight for adult passengers.
Auto stop/start, brake energy regeneration, Driving Experience Control including EcoPro mode, electronic diff lock, on-board computer, bluetooth, NAV, USB audio interface, MP3 compatibility, AUX-In connection, gearshift paddles, cruise control with brake function, front/rear fog lights.
DFSCA, ABS, BA, TC, cornering brake control, run-flat tyres, rear PS.
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||2.0-litre, turbo-petrol, 4-cyl.
||135kW @ 5000-6250rpm.
||270Nm @ 1250-4500rpm.
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||7.0 seconds (claimed).
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.