BMW 220i Coupe

The new 2 Series is bigger than its predecessor. Measuring 4,432mm (L) x 1,774mm (W) x 1,418mm (H). It is 72mm longer, 26mm wider and 5mm lower than the outgoing 1 Series Coupe.

BMW 220i Coupe

Borrowing the 4 Series’ styling recipe, the 2 Series receives lower roofline, wider stance and longer wheelbase, adding up to a noticeably better looking car.

Sporty looks start upfront, LED headlights emphasising the signature kidney grille, continuing across the bonnet with contour lines streaming through.

Side profile delivers a classic coupe look while the sloping roof looks the business. The view from the back end is equally impressive, especially with classic BMW L-shaped lights stretching all the way out to the boot edge, enhancing the wide low stance that creates a powerful-looking image from the rear.

The test car had 18-inch BMW light alloy wheels, double-spoke 385 with run-flat safety tyres, adding to the visual treat.

The 220i Coupe comes across as every bit ready to go as it could be, yet at the same time maintaining a good balance of being subtle and refined.

Sliding inside the 220i Coupe I notice everything is within easy reach. The leather “Dakota” oyster Sports seats wrap occupants comfortably and provide good lumbar support. The clear and logically-arrayed dashboard offers few surprises to anyone who has been in a recent BMW product. Flicking a lever on the rear of the bucket seats easily tilts them and a button drives them forward electrically to access the coupe's rear seating.

Although the design is pretty much identical to the 1 Series hatchback that has been around since 2011, quality is a big step up from the old 1 Series Coupe, with the use of high-end materials and more solid construction.

Along with the overall size of the car, the luggage compartment swells to 390-litres. Drop 40:60 split rear seats and the boot expands even further, renouncing small coupes being impractical.

The 220i has a new generation 135kW/270Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine capable of taking it 0 to 100km/k in 7.2 sec. The transmission is the excellent ZF eight speeds automatic, providing incredibly slick upshifts and swift kick-downs, so I do not really feel the need to go paddle shift gear hunting, on the go.

The 220i's twin scroll turbocharged engine is deliciously smooth and wonderfully flexible, a joy to drive around city traffic, darting between slower traffic like a restless bee. The electrically assisted steering is creamy smooth with direct action. It is well balanced in the bends and corners.

On long distance drives, the cabin is well insulated from road noise and suspension well-tuned to handle the odd bumps and imperfections of the road. The eight-speed automatic is not noticed most of the time because it does its job so brilliantly.

The 220i Coupe is not particularly powerful, but what this variant offers is poise, balance and pure driving fun without the harshness of a more brutish sports coupe. If you actually do want more power there is the superb 3 Litre turbo V6 240i option!

When the fun dies down, what you have left is a nice looking compact coupe comfortable on the road, seating four, with no problems just being used to get the groceries. I do not suggest putting elderly or tall passengers in the rear seats though.

What I like about this 220i Coupe is its compact dimensions, with comfortable power, nimble handling and excellent weight distribution, all adding up to a very good driving package.

Standard equipment highlights are 6.5-inch multimedia screen with sat nav (business spec), rear view camera, auto bi-xenon headlights with washer system, cruise control with braking function, sport leather steering wheel, interior lights package, two cup holders, instrument cluster with extended contents and BMW ConnectedDrive. There is keyless entry, ignition, start/stop button, engine idle auto stop/start, and windows/sunroof/side-mirrors close on locking.

Then there are options packages available, the Sport, Luxury, M sport, Innovations and Comfort packages, each of which have standard and optional items included, so that there is a very comprehensive range of customisable additions with which to enhance the basic 2 series cars to make them much more sporty, comfortable, luxurious or more high tech.

  • BMW 220i Coupe: $51,300
  • BMW 230i Coupe: $61,900
  • BMW M240i Coupe: $74,900
  • BMW 220i Convertible: $58,300
  • BMW 230i Convertible: $71,900
  • BMW M240i Convertible: $83,900

Seats: 4
Transmission: 8-speed automatic, RWD
Fuel Tank: 52 litres
* Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) – if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.
  • Warranty: 3 years/unlimited
  • Service Interval: conditional based