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BMW 230i Coupe
The 230i Coupe's more powerful sibling, the M240i Coupe, won the prestigious Sports Cars $50,000-$100,000 category in the recent Australia’s Best Cars awards.
But don’t be mistaken, the 230i Coupe delivers everything a BMW should for more demanding drivers, and it’s $13,000 cheaper.
An update to the 2-series range late last year saw the 230i replace the previous 228i and brought extra standard features, including an M Sport pack (18” alloys, M Sport brakes, suspension and aerodynamics kit), power-adjustable heated front seats, anti-dazzle power-fold exterior mirrors, keyless access, BMW Professional navigation, cloth/Alcantara upholstery, interior lights package and a range of driver assistance safety technologies.
The price also rose by $2000.
Those who crave power will love the 240i’s sublime 3.0-litre turbo-six. For everyone else, it’s hard to fault the 230i’s latest generation 2.0-litre twin-scroll, turbo engine’s abilities.
It does a great job, with solid throttle response and meaty torque spread across the rev range.
The eight-speed auto is a slick shifter with well-chosen ratios. Engine and gearbox together make for an impressively refined powertrain.
The M Sport brake system’s fat discs, four-piston front and two-piston rear callipers provide reassuring stopping power with good pedal feel and progression.
The driving experience is rounded out by BMW’s classic rear drive dynamics. The company’s chassis engineers have endowed it with agile, balanced and communicative handling that makes traversing any winding piece of road a pleasure.
The inside is well laid out and easy to interact with. This includes the infotainment and navigation system with its 8.8” display screen and the latest generation iD5 iDrive control system.
An occupant’s most sensitive interaction, though, is with the seating, and the 230i’s pews do a good job of providing comfort and support.
The front sports seats have eight-way power adjustment, including cushion height and tilt.
There’s wrap-in bolsters for precise fit and body-hugging support around the torso, plus pull-out cushion extensions for good upper leg support.
There’s only seating for four though, and leg and head space in the rear is limited.
Typical of two-door cars, access can be awkward (especially to the rear), which is most obvious in tighter car parking spaces.
It would be hard not to like this highly-capable all-rounder though.
It’s a car that charms, coming together in a way that makes it more than the sum of its parts.
Performance, excellent RWD dynamics, seat comfort, refinement.
Rear occupant space, two-door body not so practical.
||2.0-litre, TwinPower turbo-petrol, 4-cyl.
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||95 RON PULP
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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.