The 2022 BMW 2-Series is meant to preserve BMW’s essence of motoring purity and human-machine synergy. It’s the coupe we should be able to look at amidst a lineup of hulking crossovers and bizarre grilles and know that, despite ample evidence to the contrary, BMW hasn’t lost its soul.

The 2022 BMW 2-Series is roughly 4.3 inches longer, and 2.6 inches wider, though it is an inch lower. The wheelbase has also been lengthened by 2.0 inches and both tracks are wider, by 2.5 inches up front and 1.6 inches in the rear (the M240i’s rear track is 2.4 inches wider).

At 179.0 (or 179.4) inches long, that makes the new 2022 BMW 2-Series as long as an E90 3-Series, which was sold from 2005-2011. The curb weights have also risen.

Compared to last year’s models (with powertrains held equal) the 230i weighs 108 pounds more at 3,519 pounds, and the M240i is a whopping 209 pounds more, weighing in at 3,871 pounds.

All of those signs pointed to a 2-Series that would feel more sluggish and rotund than its predecessor. I traveled to The Thermal Club in the California desert to see if that would be the case.

The 2022 BMW 2-Series marks an all-new generation for one of BMW’s most entertaining models. While we’re happy to report it still comes standard with rear-wheel drive, the drop-top option has been dropped. Thankfully, the even racier M2 coupe will return and could have a manual gearbox.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 230i features a 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the M240i has a 382-hp turbo 3.0-liter inline-six. Initially, the 230i is only offered with rear-wheel drive; the M240i is all-wheel-drive only. However, both variants will eventually be available with each respective drivetrain.

An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission choice. Those looking to squeeze the most performance out of the 230i will want to choose the M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages that together include 19-inch wheels on performance tires, a sportier suspension, upgraded brakes, a variable-ratio steering system, and an electronically controlled rear differential.

Most of these goodies and more come standard on the M240i. We’ve tested the latter and were impressed by its quick acceleration (60 mph in 3.6 seconds) and more refined ride, but we wish it had better steering feedback.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The rear-drive, four-cylinder 230i is rated at 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive, six-cylinder M240i is rated at 23 mpg city and 32 highway.

Once we can run them on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, we can evaluate their real-world highway mpg. For more information about the 2022 BMW 2-Series’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Although BMW’s interior design language isn’t groundbreaking, it’s enhanced by the excellent build quality and satisfying ergonomics. Inside, the new 2022 BMW 2-Series adopts the company’s ubiquitous styling and layout.

While a set of analog gauges are standard, a fully digital instrument panel that measures 12.3 inches and a head-up display are available. We only wish the front seats felt more supportive.

Also, despite an increase in overall length and width, including a wheelbase that’s stretched by 2.0 inches, the coupe’s back seat has less headroom and legroom than the model it replaces.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2022 BMW 2-Series infotainment system runs through either a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen or an available 10.3-inch unit. Along with steering-wheel controls and voice commands, the interface can be manipulated via a rotary controller on the center console that’s surrounded by useful shortcut buttons.

BMW also kindly includes a physical volume knob. Every model includes a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 10-speaker stereo. Those who want a more powerful sound system can upgrade to a 14-speaker, 464-watt Harman Kardon setup.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Along with an array of standard driver-assistance technology that includes blind-spot monitoring, every 2-series is fitted with front and rear parking sensors. It can also be optioned with a self-parking assist that will automatically park it in or out of parallel or perpendicular spots.

For more information about the 2022 BMW 2-Series 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

2022 BMW 2-Series

2022 BMW 2-Series

2022 BMW 2-Series

2022 BMW 2-Series

Full Specifications

2022 BMW M240i xDrive
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $49,545/$58,995
Options: premium package (adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, heated front seats and steering wheel, navigation, head-up display), $2750; cooling and high-performance tire package (245/35R-19 front and 255/35R-19 rear performance tires, additional engine-oil cooler, larger radiator fan), $2400; leather seats with bolster adjustment, $1450; Harman/Kardon audio system, $875; parking assistance package (active park distance control, surround view camera), $700; Thundernight metallic paint, $550; Shadowline package (dark trim), $400; lumbar adjustment, $350; aluminum tetragon trim, $150; drive recorder, $100; passenger width delete, -$100; passenger lumbar delete, -$175

ENGINE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 183 in3, 2998 cm3
Power: 382 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 369 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.7-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
F: 245/35ZR-19 (93Y) ★ R: 255/35ZR-19 (96Y) ★

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 107.9 in
Length: 179.4 in
Width: 72.4 in
Height: 55.3 in
Passenger Volume: 85 ft3
Trunk Volume: 14 ft3
Curb Weight: 3877 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.6 sec
100 mph: 9.1 sec
1/4-Mile: 12.1 sec @ 114 mph
130 mph: 16.2 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.0 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.4 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec
Top Speed (mfr’s claim): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 153 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 307 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.94 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 26/23/32 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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