Fans of the BMW 2 Series Coupé will no longer have to decide between the humble 220i and the eyewatering M240i xDrive. Bridging the gap between 135kW and 285kW of power is the new 230i, producing 190kW and 400Nm from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder.
With a new chassis and cutting-edge tech from the beaver-toothed 4 Series, buyers can expect BMW to keep their promise of producing the ultimate driving machine. You can also expect the 2022 BMW 230i to have a sub-six second 0-100km/h time.
The 2 Series range kicks off with the 220i at $61,990 plus on-roads, and it’s fitted with a generous list of standard equipment. For instance, you get M Sport suspension, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, LED headlights, Alcantara upholstery and ambient lighting as standard.
The 230i takes matters a step higher with M Sport brakes, adaptive LED headlights (with high beam assist), active cruise control, comfort access for keyless entry, a digital key, and powered seats, all as standard.
To top it off, the speakers are also said to be an upgrade over the standard 100W system found in the 220i. If you want a bass-pumping 14-speaker, 464W Harman/Kardon sound system, you will need to opt for add-on Executive Package.
It also adds remote engine start, a tyre pressure monitoring system, an alarm, sun protection glazing and BMW’s drive recorder. Should you want a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and lumbar support, then you’ll also want the Comfort Package.
Buyers of the 230i can also pay for an M Sport Plus Package, which includes M Shadowline lights, M seatbelts, an M rear spoiler and M Shadowline high-gloss trim. The final optional add-on though is the Enhancement Package.
This adds metallic paint, an electric glass roof and 19-inch M alloys. It’s up to you how nuts you go, but let’s face it, you’re going to want all the goodness. In its base form, the 2022 BMW 230i will hit Aussie shores this Winter at $70,990 (plus on-roads).
Adding all the optional packages will push it closer to the hotter M240i xDrive though, but is still cheaper than the high performance model’s $89,900 price tag. For more information, contact your local BMW dealer. If you’re keen to buy one and need finance, visit CreditOne.