The 2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe is an everyman’s Bimmer, which is to say, it probably won’t appeal to the true fans of the brand. Such enthusiasts would never settle for a mere turbo-four engine and a front-wheel-drive-based platform, even if does develop up to 301 horsepower in the case of the M235i.

If the standard front-wheel drivetrain isn’t enough of a red flag the bulbous styling is another area of contention. It all combines in an uninspiring driving experience, even if you opt for the available all-wheel drivetrain.

In a segment where four cylinders and FWD are the default from competition like the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3, who would’ve thought that the BMW is the weakest driver’s car of the three.

Whereas the BMW lacks the undeniable performance characteristics we expect from the brand, its competitors continue to shine in their respective areas of specialization.

 

The 2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe is offered in the following submodels: 2 Series Gran Coupe Sedan, 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive. Available styles include 228i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 228i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 301 hp, depending on the engine type. The 2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe comes with all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive.

Available transmissions include an 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Both 2-series Gran Coupe models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The one in the 228i makes 228 horsepower, whereas the M235i produces 301 horses. All-wheel drive is standard on the M235i and optional on the 228i; an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the line.

Around town, the 228i feels sprightly and eager, and at the test track, it delivered a brisk 5.1-second run to 60 mph. A short test drive in the M235i, however, will push that car from your mind.

The M235i makes the entry-level model feel tame, and in our hands, it blasted to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. That’s quicker than the X2 M35i SUV, which has the same powertrain. It hit 60 in 4.6 seconds during a comparison test.

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 highway fuel-economy loop, it posted an impressive 37 mpg.

The more powerful M235i model earns nearly the same ratings as the 228i: 23 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined. What’s more, in our testing, it delivered 37 mpg too. For more information about the 2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe‘s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Cabin styling matches that of modern BMWs such as the 3-series sedan and the X3 SUV. It’s a simple driver-focused design featuring ambient interior lighting that illuminates the dashboard and door panels.

BMW claims that the rear-seat legroom is nearly the same as the larger 3-series sedans, but overall the cabin feels snug for both fronts- and rear-seat passengers.

The 2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe‘s small cargo area is good enough for grocery runs and weekend road trips, and the back row folds down to accommodate bulkier cargo. We fit five carry-on suitcases back there with the seats up and 14 with them down.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The driver faces a 10.3-inch reconfigurable digital gauge display and a dashboard-mounted 10.3-inch touchscreen. The latter is angled slightly toward the driver for ease of use.

Navigation and SiriusXM satellite radio come standard, but a wireless smartphone charging pad and Harman Kardon stereo system will cost extra. And BMW provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility at no charge.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

BMW’s Active Driving Assistant, which includes a suite of driver-assistance features to help reduce the likelihood of an accident, comes standard.

For more information about the 2-series Gran Coupe’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe

2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe

2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe

2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe

2022 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe

Full 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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