"Provocative", "extrovert", "muscular". BMW is working hard to describe the M235i xDrive Gran Coupé. How does he really do on the streets?
The BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupé is to be seamlessly integrated into the in-house "M" variants *, which always form the sporting spearhead of a model series. On the outside, the 4.53 meter long compact indicates its power, among other things, by a narrow rear spoiler and two powerful tailpipes. Under the hood, a 306 PS petrol engine provides powerful power.
The most powerful two-liter four-cylinder from BMW , in which the engineers reinforced the crank mechanism, modified the pistons for higher compression and adapted the injectors to the higher pressure, is also located in the smaller M135i xDrive. And on the technical basis of this smaller 1-series brother, there is also the 2-series Gran Coupé. A six-cylinder engine is no longer available there either.
If you mourn because of this: The "smaller" four-cylinder leaves little to be desired, not even about the sound: at the start it grumbles and hisses softly, it can be driven comfortably and quietly through the city. With a stronger pressure on the accelerator, on the other hand, there is a powerful feed , which is only limited at 250 km / h at the top. On top of that, the two-liter petrol engine roars so crisply as if you were roaring over the Hockenheimring.
Okay, of course, the sound volume does not quite reach a six-cylinder. After all, the four-cylinder is less thirsty. In the test of the top athlete we came to an average of 8.8 liters per 100 kilometers . Still a lot today. But for a racing car that sprints from a standing start to 100 km / h in less than five seconds (4.9) with up to 450 Nm of torque, this is undoubtedly a very good value. With economical driving away from the city, consumption can drop below eight liters, but with a lot of stop-and-go and high speed, it can also drop below ten liters .
Externally, the 1.41-meter flat notchback sedan resembles the BMW brother Gran Turismo.
That costs the BMW 2 Series M Gran Coupé
On the outside , the 1.41-meter flat notchback sedan resembles its BMW brother Gran Turismo. The 2 Series is the third BMW Gran Coupé after the 4 Series and 8 Series - four-door, transverse engine and all-wheel, not rear-wheel drive. A typical coupe. The all-wheel top model M235i xDrive costs from 51,900 euros , there are also the front-wheel drive variants 218i with 140 PS petrol engine (from 31,950 Euro) and 220d with 190 PS diesel (from 39,900).
The cockpit in the BMW 2 Series M Gran Coupé.
The M version is also sporty and high-quality on the inside. The four doors appear slightly easier to open and close than with the new 1 Series, perhaps also because the side windows do not surround any door frames. The very good seats in the M235i xDrive Gran Coupé offer perfect lateral support and are not padded too hard - even though the suspension is relatively tight even in the "Comfort" suspension setting.
The four doors appear slightly easier to open and close than with the new 1 Series.
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The driving behavior
The Munich resident is pretty hard on the street so that he can show off his strong sporting abilities. It roars like a weasel and is full of curves, always looks very agile. With the standard all-wheel drive via multi-plate clutch , the lowered M sports suspension , a mechanical limited slip differential on the front axle, the sporty steering and a snappier brake, it hardly seems to know any limits. And in return, you can travel absolutely comfortably on the motorway. The eight-speed automatic shifts quickly, accurately and unobtrusively.
The rear seats in the BMW 2 Series M Gran Coupé.
The operation in the interior organizes the Operating System 7.0, as is the iDrive calls now. In addition to the usual rotary pushbutton, the menus can be operated by tapping - or using voice control. And some things with small gestures. There is space for two passengers on the back seat, with ample legroom. For people with a body length of 1.80 meters or more, headroom becomes scarce. An impressive 430 liters fit in the luggage compartment. The transport options can be expanded even further with the three-part backrest.
There is space for 430 liters in the trunk.
The bottom line
The xDrive variant of the BMW M Gran Coupé.
The four-door coupé appeals to those who do not want a hatchback model, who can cope with the visually short rear and who appreciate the comfort of two extra doors. And of course those who love it very sporty - that's what matters most.
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Data sheet for the BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupé
Engine and gears:
Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine with exhaust gas turbocharger (emission class EU6d-Temp),
Displacement 1,998 cc,
306 hp 5,000 rpm,
Max. Torque 450 NM at 1,750 to 4,500 rpm,
"XDrive" all-wheel drive, eight-speed "Steptronic" automatic
0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds,
Top 250 km / h
8.5 l / 100 km EU standard inner city,
5.6 l / 100 km extra urban,
Combined 6.7 l / 100 km
8.8 l / 100 km (super) test consumption
CO2 emissions 153 g / km
Mass and weight:
Length / width / height 4,526 / 1,800 / 1,410 mm,
Trunk volume 430 to 1,200 liters,
Empty weight 1,645 kg,
Load 460 kg
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