2021 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Review, Pricing, and Specs

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BMW 2021 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe

2021 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Review, Pricing, and Specs. German luxury car manufacturers have had an eye on the entry-level luxury car segment for quite a while now.

Now, you may be asking yourself, why is that? Well, any entry car is chiefly centered on the young audience and is intended to serve as a stepping stone to get a new customer into any brand’s lineup for future purchases.

Thus, with the achievement of this Mercedes-Benz CLA, BMW doesn’t need to be any slouch when it comes to the entry-level luxury car segment.

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According to BMW’s X1 and X2’s platform, both Series Gran Coupe can be had with xDrive all-wheel-drive hardware.

But it has the exact same suspension and dashboard as the 1 Series. Prices vary from $37,500 to $45,500, with extra accessories available to add some flavor to your sporty driving experience.

HIGHS Peppy powertrains, intuitive cockpit controls, spry driving demeanor. LOWS Bubble-like roofline, tight back seat, most desired powertrain costs a lot.

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BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Review

As one of the cheapest ways to join the BMW owners club, the 2021 BMW 2-series Gran Coupe seeks to deliver a luxury-car experience, and it mostly succeeds.

A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is located under the hood, but it is available in two states of tune: 228 horsepower in the 228i and with 301 horses in the M235i.

The latter delivers blistering acceleration, but the former is no slouch. The 2-series Gran Coupe’s ride is elegant, but its handling is not as sharp as we’d expect from a car with the BMW badge.

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The once optional 10.3-inch infotainment and gauge-cluster screens are now standard; the same goes for the navigation system with real time traffic updates.

Plus, the new Driver Assistance package offers adaptive cruise control and an automatic parking feature.

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2021 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Pricing Review

  • 228i xDrive – $38,695
  • M235i xDrive – $46,495

Driving fans will probably yearn for the hotter M235i version, but for nearly all drivers, the base 228i Gran Coupe will surely satisfy. We’d skip most options, but adding the Convenience package–keyless entry, drivers-side lumbar support, and a panoramic sunroof–looks like a no-brainer.

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Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The two 2-series Gran Coupe versions have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

The one from the 228i makes 228 horsepower, whereas the M235i’s generates 301 horses.

Around town, the 228i feels sprightly and excited, and at the test track, it delivered a brisk 5.1-second run to 60 mph.

But a short test drive in the M235i will push that car from your mind. The M235i makes the entry-level version feel tame, and in our hands, it blasted to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds.

That’s faster than the X2 M35i SUV, which has the exact same powertrain; it hit 60 in 4.6 seconds during a comparison test.

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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA rates the 228i xDrive Gran Coupe for 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined, and on our 200-mile street fuel-economy loop, it posted an impressive 37 mpg. What’s more, in our testing, it delivered 37 mpg, too.

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Specifications 2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

BASE PRICE
$38,495

ENGINE TYPE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement
122 cu in, 1998 cc
Power
228 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed manual automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.0-in vented disc/11.8-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Turanza LS100 RFT, 225/40R-18 92H M+S ★

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 105.1 in
Length: 178.5 in
Width: 70.9 in
Height: 55.9 in
Passenger volume: 89 cu ft
Trunk volume: 15 cu ft
Curb weight: 3517 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec
60 mph: 5.1 sec
100 mph: 14.1 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.3 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.4 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.2 sec
1/4 mile: 13.8 sec @ 99 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 129 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 176 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.85 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
75-mph highway driving: 37 mpg
Highway range: 480 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 27/23/33 mpg

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