Auto Review: 2014 BMW 220i

SLEEK, responsive and packed with grunt are words often reserved for larger cars, but the nimble BMW 2 Series Coupe delivers on all of these, in spades. We recently drove the 2014 BMW 220i, and were genuinely impressed by the power and driveability of the car.

Our test vehicle was fitted with BMW’s M Sport package, giving it sports suspension, bigger wheels, a sports styling pack, exhaust enhancements and plenty of M badges.

A real drivers’ car, the 220i punches out 135kW of power and 270Nm of torque via a feisty 2.0L turbo charged in-line four cylinder, coupled to an eight speed automatic gearbox (complete with steering wheel paddles when you want to switch to manual or sports modes).

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Its credentials are impressive, pulling 0-100km/h in just seven seconds – not bad for an out of the box sports coupe, with BMW claiming average fuel consumption of 6L per 100km.

Mechanical enhancements include auto start/stop in economy mode, brake energy regeneration (KERS for those who know a little about Formula 1), and an optimum shift indicator (manual and sports+ mode).

Inside you will find the usual creature comforts you might expect, including heated seats, reverse and forward facing cameras, auto reverse parking and a state of the art user interface (mind you we struggled to get the navigation system to find a couple of roads).

Overall the best features of the 220i include exceptional ride and handling, and some first class engine performance, particularly in sports plus mode.

The standard equipment levels are better than its competitors and make the car a bit of a dream drive, offering great head room, and seating comfort; although the rear seats are best suited to smaller people.

On the down side, road noise was prevalent across a number of test surfaces, but not so bad as to bother you too much, and with the windows down, the exhaust note sounds weak for a gutsy little car.

The only feature we found difficult was the navigation system. While we were able to make everything else work perfectly, the voice controlled mapping did not play.

Three variants are available in the BMW 2 Series, the 220i petrol coupe (as tested), the 220d diesel coupe, and the M235i – a straight six 240kW weapon aimed at the high end performance bracket (0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds) and directly targeting the rival A45 AMG hatch from Mercedes.

The BMW 2 Series Coupe hits the market priced from $55,555 for petrol and $57,655 for diesel, while the M Series 235i will command $87,210.

Our BMW 220i (M Sport package) test vehicle was provided by Kloster BMW at Newcastle. For more information or to arrange a test drive, contact them on 1300 578 928.

Vehicle: 2014 BMW 220i
Overall Rating: 4/5
Pros: Outstanding handing and ride; First class engine performance; Excellent equipment levels.
Cons: Road noise entering the cabin; Weak exhaust note; Voice controlled navigation.

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.


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