BMW 2 Series 2019
If one is good, two must be better, right? Or good double. The question is whether that simple equation will complement BMW’s upgraded Series 1 and 2 siblings – before, a series of five-door, rear doors, a line of convertibles and coupes. , with the main addition to the shape of M2 throughout the home, focusing on performance.
Prices are rising, and changes are mostly under the skin, so you won’t get great buzz for your extra bonuses. But 2 new and improved have a lot to offer when adding specifications and technology.
BMW invited us to join Australia’s new car launch program along Tasmania’s wet and wild west coast.
Is there anything interesting about its design?
The Series 2’s largest visual clue is a circular design bi-LED headlight, currently standard on the 220i 2i and mid-range 230i models, while the hexagonal LED adaptive is Standard on the leading M240i.
But BMW can’t leave those small light-emitting diodes alone, with LED front fog lamps paired with one-piece L-shaped LED taillights on the range.
Vehicles equipped with the Luxury Line have subtly modified nose treatments with larger intakes and reshaped kidney grille. There are also four new alloy wheel designs – standard 17-inch alloys that fit the 220i Luxury Line and three optional M alloys for M Sport models (all free options on M240i).
The 230i M Sport has black bars, high gloss in the kidney-shaped grille, as well as black chrome plating for exhaust pipes.
Inside, there is an additional ‘Blackboard’ digital instrument cluster, still blurry when turned off and illuminated with sharp graphics, can be configured via normal speed and spin reading, as well as taste. Gear placement, engine performance data, vehicle settings and navigation instructions.
There are also high gloss finishes on the center stack and front panel, and even more attention to detail around the dashboard, trim and switchgear.
But the hero is the latest iDrive6 multimedia system, running through an 8.8-inch (6.5-inch on 220i) color touch screen, providing access to live content, radio and audio, things directions and maps, phone functions and media settings through simple and customizable application type interface. IPhone is really the inspiration of car companies.
The M2 boasts content displaying specific M instruments and fast red needles on tachometers.
How realistic is the space inside?
Surprisingly, with a length of more than 4.4 meters, the 2 Series (Coupe) is about 10cm longer than the stable 1 Series hatch (M240i + 15cm), but suitable for a width of just under 1.8m and height 1 , 4m.
It has four seats, with plenty of front rooms and plenty of storage options, including two cupholders in the dashboard with rear storage tray, 12 volt outlet, lid storage box between USB-connected seats , glove boxes are reasonably sized, and boxes are segmented in doors large enough for large water bottles.
Although these are coupes only on the boot drive, we know the convertible has a pair of cupholders in the back, but not in the coupe, and while space is on the soft top, it’s okay (especially is with the hood down) in the hardtop.
More than 2 + 2 compared to a full four-seater car, going into the back is a sport exercise, and once installed, the legs and head for this 183cm tester are tight. That said, children coming to adolescence will be fine.
The boot volume is 390 liters (3 Series Coupe is 480 liters), with tubeless tires on the 220i and 230i which means there’s no spare (or repair kit) on the floor, but the M240i and M2 focus on performance, Packing ‘BMW Mobility Kit’ (compressors and tire adhesives for small damage protection) is suitable for their high performance (non-flat rubber).
The 60/40 rear foldable backrest helps release extra load space and ‘through load system’ with mesh dividing luggage compartment, and optional 40/20/40 rear seats available (220i & M2 Pure – $ 350 / 230i – $ 385 / M240i & M2 – $ 500).
And if you are interested in pulling 220i, it is possible to pull 680kg of unrestricted trailers and 1500kg of brakes, with a minimum number of steps up to 715kg for 230i. M240i and M2 are areas of no-drag.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with?
The coupe line and the 2 Series convertible range are in the four-cylinder, petrol engine range, in the Luxuryi 220i and 230i M Sport lines, with the six-cylinder M240i sitting at the top of the mainstream. Then, for those who are passionate about a more soul, fastidious M2; After a year of being sold, now BMW Australia’s best-selling M car (and how easy it is to understand; it’s amazing).
Depending on the model, the price has increased from 1100 to 1900 dollars on the main range, largely due to additional equipment, especially the complex iDrive6 multimedia system.
At $ 52,990 for the coupe and $ 59,900 for the convertible, the 220i Luxury Line is the starting point for the 2 Series. Highlights of the device include the previously mentioned 17-inch light-alloy wheels, the LED headlights and fog lights, the ‘Driving assistant’ function (combined with Warning and Departure Method). Road ‘and’ Warning pedestrian with City brake activation ‘), digital radio, Business Navigation system’ with ‘iDrive6’ is accessed via 6.5 inch screen, air control air two-zone rear, reversing camera, leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, sport front seat, ‘Dakota’ leather upholstery, plus front and rear parking sensors.
The next step on the 2 Series ladder is the 230i M Sport model in Coupe ($ 63,000) and Convertible ($ 73,000), with M Sport suspension, aero and brakes, ‘Variable sports steering wheel’, alloy rim 18 inch, high gloss Exterior decorative ‘Shadow line’, personal anthracite BMW convertible, leather M Sport steering wheel, fabric cover / Alcantara wrap in coupe, leather ‘Dakota’ upholstery and front seat heating in the The convertible, electric (front) seats, plus the ‘Professional navigation system’ with the iDrive6 and the 8.8-inch touch screen are customizable.
Opt for the M240i in the form of Coupe ($ 76,800) or Convertible ($ 85,800) and you’ll get more performance from the 3.0-liter turbo engine. In addition to the long detailed equipment list above, you will also choose 18-inch alloys in ‘bicolour Jet Black’, 12 speakers, 360W Harman surround sound / kardon, ‘Adaptive M suspension’, ‘Headlights. Adaptive LED ‘, Dakota leather trim and front seat heating.
True to its name, M2 Pure ($ 93,300) performs specific sacrifices with lightweight names, including manual seat adjustment and basic audio packs (still seven speakers), but one The biggest payment is the standard 6-speed manual gearbox. Save the user guide!
It also has 19-inch BMW M light-alloy wheels, M rear spoiler, quad exhaust pipes with shiny chrome, bi-LED headlights (with variable light distribution, including corner lights), ‘Dakota’ leather upholstery, carbon-fiber finished upholstery, M leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, cruise control (with braking function), ‘Driving assistant’, ‘Park distance control’ and Reverse camera.
Full-fat M2 Coupe (99,900 USD) restores electric seat adjustment, plugs into 12-speaker audio system, 360 kardon mixer and adds ‘Comfortable access’ (start and start without keys), ‘Adaptive LED headlamps’ (with variable headlight distribution) and ‘Selective beam with anti-glare high beam assistant’.
A wide range of individual options and packages including everything from steering wheel heating to smoking sets (naughty), and (amazingly, according to Hyundai Accent standards) Apple CarPlay (220i & M2 Pure – $ 436 / 230i – $ 479 / M240i & M2 – $ 623).
What are the important statistics for engine and transmission?
The 220i is equipped with a 2.0-liter ‘TwinScroll’ four-cylinder engine, with ‘Valvetronic’ variable valve control and camshaft control that changes ‘Double-VANOS’, and develops 135kW at 5000rpm, and 270Nm in about 1350 -4600rpm.
Using the returned version of the same engine (lower compression ratio, turbocharger), the 230i pumped out a solid 185kW of power at 5200 rpm and 350Nm grumbling from 1450-4800 round / minute
Then, the M240i is equipped with a 3.0-liter petrol engine, six-cylinder engine, pushing out no less than 250kW at 5500 rpm, and a speed of 500Nm between 1520-4500 rpm.
The same eight-speed automatic transmission (8HP50) is used on the board, only driving to the rear wheels and it’s fun, the 6-speed manual gearbox is a free option on M240i.
The six-cylinder 3.0-liter M2 engine of the entire manufacturer produces 272kW at 6500 rpm and 465Nm from only 1400-5650 rpm (500Nm from 1450-4750 rpm on overboost), driving the rear wheels. via the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, although the six-speed manual is a free option (and the standard on M2 Pure).
How much fuel does it consume?
Fuel consumption is claimed for the 220i Coupe, on the combined cycle (ADR 81/02 – urban, suburban), at 5.9L / 100km, emitting 135g / km C02 in the process. Conversion rate of 220i 6.1L / 100km (140g / km).
The 230i Coupe is straight ball at a speed of 5.9L / 100km (134g / km) and 230i Convertible at 6.2L / 100km (142g / km).
The price of performance began to bite with M240i consumption