An all-new 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe 4-door model joins the range. However, it's based on a platform shared by X1/X2 subcompact crossovers and comes with all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard.
Even though it's called a Gran Coupe, it's a small hatchback that could rival the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class as well as that company's A-Class. With 34.4 inches of rear legroom, it's more accommodating than the (somewhat cramped) 2-door coupe by just over an inch.
Slight tweaks to the coupe and convertible for this new model year consist of darker taillights. The 230i models gain a high-gloss black grille surround. M240i versions have high-gloss black side mirror housings, plus gray surrounds to the grille, air inlets and badges.
M240i cars also become available in Long Beach Blue, while carbon fiber trim can be ordered at no extra charge.
Buyers will make their own judgments on which body style would be best. We always recommend going for as many advanced safety features as possible, along with Apple CarPlay (for those with iPhones). As much as the manual transmission appeals to enthusiasts, chances are an automatic version will be more appealing when the time comes to sell. Find a BMW 2 Series for sale
How Much Does a 2020 BMW 230i Cost?
The 2020 BMW 2 Series subcompact coupe and soft-top convertible come in either 230i or M240i trims. The xDrive AWD system is a $2,000 option for these cars.
The 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe is available as a 228i xDrive or M235i xDrive models.
The 230i coupe ($36,295) comes with the turbo 4-cylinder engine, 17-in alloy wheels, LED lighting (including fog lights), push-button ignition, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, 60/40-split folding rear seats, front/rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning, forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, Bluetooth, iPod/USB connectivity and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-in screen.
The 230i convertible ($42,095) has a power-retractable soft top in black, brown or Anthracite with silver accents.
The M240i coupe ($46,795) adds more features, including the turbo 6-cylinder engine, 18-in M-designed wheels, adaptive M Sport suspension, sport exhaust, upgraded brakes, variable-ratio steering, adaptive headlights, sunroof, rear spoiler, front sport seats with 4-way lumbar support and driver's-side memory settings, sport instrument cluster, satellite radio and dynamic cruise control.
The M240i convertible ($51,395) has a soft top like the 230i convertible's.
The 230i offers several features as options that are standard features in its higher-performance sibling. But specific to this humbler model is the M Sport package with a lowered suspension, 18-in M-specific wheels, aerodynamic kit and M steering wheel. The Track Handling package brings an adaptive suspension, variable-ratio steering and upgraded brakes.
A Convenience package (for which the 228i xDrive Gran Coupe is also eligible) brings self-dimming mirrors, moonroof, lumbar support, ambient cabin lighting, keyless entry/ignition and satellite radio. A Premium package includes all the content of the Convenience bundle and adds Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, navigation with real-time traffic updates, heated front seats/steering wheel and a universal garage door opener.
Other extras include a standalone 12-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, Wi-Fi, wireless device charging, active cruise control, self-parking and a limited-slip differential for the M240i.
The 2020 228i xDrive Gran Coupe ($38,495) has 17-in alloy wheels, front/rear parking sensors, 40/20/40 split/fold rear seats, navigation, 8.8-in infotainment touchscreen and Apple CarPlay, along with most of the standard equipment of the 230i versions.
The M235i xDrive Gran Coupe ($46,495) comes with 18-in alloy wheels, torque-sensing (Torsen) front axle limited-slip differential, aerodynamic additions, ambient cabin lighting, plus M Sport additions that include uprated brakes, steering wheel, steering system and suspension.
The Gran Coupes are eligible for a head-up display and hands-free trunk operation.
Trunk space is a 2 Series strength, measuring 13.8 cu ft. in the coupe -- generous for such a compact car. The Gran Coupe has 12 cu ft. of luggage area, but BMW hasn't given a figure for when the rear seats are folded. The convertible offers about 9 cu ft., which the company says is enough to accommodate a pair of golf bags.
City MPG / Hwy MPG
2 Series 230i Convertible
$41100 / $38725
4 Cylinder Turbo
23 / 34
8-Speed Shiftable Automatic
City MPG / Hwy MPG
2 Series 230i Coupe
$35300 / $33330
4 Cylinder Turbo
24 / 32
8-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Is the 2020 BMW 230i a Safe Car?
The 2 Series comes standard with stability control and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. The coupe gets eight airbags (front, front-side, front-knee, full-length side-curtain), while the convertible comes with six (all except the side-curtain airbags). BMW Assist eCall, adding automatic crash notification and roadside assistance, is also standard.
In independent crash testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2 Series (coupe/convertible) its top score of Good in every major category. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to put the 2 Series through its paces.
2020 BMW 230i vs the competition
2020 Audi TT -- It starts out with a higher price than the 230i coupe and offers even less room for rear passengers, but it's compact, sporty and German.
2020 Audi A3 -- A rival for the Gran Coupe, but surely due for a new generation soon.
2020 Chevrolet Camaro -- This is the closest any mainstream American sports machine has come to a European-style driving experience, especially with the 2.0-liter turbo engine.
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class -- Upgraded for 2020, with a new 302-hp AMG CLA 35 model coming in, which goes up against the M235i Gran Coupe.
2020 Mini Cooper -- Not endowed with RWD or generous amounts of power, but still combines compact dimensions with a high fun factor.
Used BMW M3/M4 -- In sedan, coupe or convertible body styles, there are driving thrills by the ton.
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