BMW 2 Series M240i 3.0 335hp Auto with Rear Park Sens, Bluetooth, DAB Radio, Keyless Drive 7 Gear Shift Paddles Automatic 2 door Coupe (2017) available from County Motor Works Vauxhall

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01245 932 703

£25,000

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Specification includes 335bhp, Satellite Navigation, Rear Parking Sensors, DAB Radio, USB Port, Bluetooth Telephone and Audio Streaming, Keyless Drive with Push Button Start, Multi Function Steering Wheel with Gear Shift Paddles, Selectable Drive Modes, Folding Rear Seats, Rear Spoiler, Dual Zone Climate Controlled Air Conditioning, 18 Inch M Sport Alloy Wheels, Auto Dusk Sensing Xenon Headlights, Auto Rain Sensing Wipers, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, CD Player, Central Locking, Electrically Adjustable and Heated Wing Mirrors, Traction Control, Aluminium Mesh Interior Trim, Tyre Inflation Kit, ISOFIX Child Seat Fixings and much more. Please call for further information and to arrange your viewing,

27/09/2017

25356

Automatic

Petrol 34 combined MPG (WLTP)

Estoril Blue Metallic



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Emissions and Fuel

CO2:
167 g/km

MPG:
38.7

WLTP CO2:
188 g/km

WLTP MPG:
34

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V5 Document

V5 Document

MOT Certificate

MOT Certificate

Keys

Keys

Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function, Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing, Green tinted heat protection glazing, Heated windscreen washer jets, Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation

Brakes

Active differential brake (ADB), electronic differential lock in DSC-OFF mode, Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Brake drying, Brake energy regeneration, Braking readiness, CBC - (Cornering brake control), Dynamic brake control, Dynamic stability control + (DSC+), Dynamic Traction Control - DTC, Hill start assist, M Sport brakes with blue calipers, Rear brake discs, Ventilated front disc brakes

Chassis/Suspension

Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort, sport and sport+ modes

Communication

Apple CarPlay preparation

Driver Aids

BMW remote services, Speed limiting function, Variable sport steering

Driver Convenience

Auto start-stop

Driver Information

BMW ConnectedDrive, BMW Online services, BMW Teleservices, Door/boot open warning, Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator, Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge, Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off, Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster, On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning, Optimum shift indicator, Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable, Real time traffic information, Traffic message channel (TMC)

Driving Mirrors

Automatically dimming rear view mirror, Folding side mirrors with auto dimming/folding wing mirrors with auto dimming, Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side, High gloss black mirror caps

Engine

Aluminium lightweight construction including crankcase, Battery age recognition function, Double VANOS, Engine cover with BMW roundel twin power turbo designation, High precision direct injection, Oil dipstick, VALVETRONIC engine management

Entertainment

DAB Digital radio

Exterior Body Features

Air intake in gloss black, Body colour door handles, Body colour front bumper, Body colour roof mouldings, Cerium grey air blades, Dark chrome M logo designation on left and right front wings, Door sill finishers with M240i designation, Front air inlet with high gloss black finish, Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements, High gloss shadow line, M aerodynamic body styling with airblades in Cerium grey, M rear spoiler, Model designation, Rear bumper with high gloss black finish, Rear window aerial, Shark fin roof aerial, Twin dark chrome exhaust tailpipes, round and split, Visible VIN plate

Exterior Lights

Automatic headlight beam throw control, Clear lenses direction indicator lights, Darkened rear lights with LED light bars, Daytime driving lights, Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors, Dynamic brake lights, Follow me home headlights, Headlight range control, High level third brake light, Rear fog lights, Reversing light in rear light cluster, Welcome light using LED technology

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning

Interior Features

12V power socket in centre console, 12V power socket in passenger footwell, 3 spoke nappa leather steering wheel, Anthracite headlining, Coat hooks, integrated into rear of B-pillar, Conditioned based service, Dakota leather upholstery, Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim, Front door storage bins, Front sliding armrest, Glove box handle with chrome surround, Leather gearknob, Leather handbrake lever, Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel, Manually adjustment steering wheel column, Multi-function controls for steering wheel, Storage compartment in rear centre console, Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat

Interior Lights

Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened

Packs

Additional interior lighting pack - 2 Series Coupe, Extended storage pack - 2 Series

Safety

2 rear 3 point safety belts, Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible, BMW emergency call, Crash sensor activating central locking release with hazard warning lights and interior lighting + battery safety cut-off, Front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiter, rear coaded belt buckles, Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger, Side impact protection, Twin horns, Tyre pressure monitoring with 3 level warning strategy, Warning triangle and first aid kit

Seats

Driver and front passenger seat heating, Front head restraints, Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment, Isofix child seat for two outer rear seats, Rear folding head restraints

Security

Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment, Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning, Locking wheel bolts, Remote control including integrated key with blue insert, Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button, Thatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser

Transmission

Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control

Wheels

Reduced rolling resistance tyres

General

Badge Engine CC: 3.0
Badge Power: 340
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: i
Coin Series: M240 [Nav]
Generation Mark: 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 41E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
NCAP Safety Assist %: N
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
Service Interval Mileage: 18000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.307
CO2 (g/km): 167
HC: 0.047
HC+NOx: N
Noise Level dB(A): 72
NOx: 0.017
Particles: 0.0004
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 188
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: N
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: N
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 176
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: N
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: N
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 159
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: N
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: N
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 288
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: N
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: N
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 190
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: N
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: N

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 2998
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
Engine Code: B58B30M0
Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
Gears: 8 SPEED
Number of Valves: 24
Transmission: SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 38.7
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 45.6
EC Urban (mpg): 30.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 12.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 12.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 12.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 8.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 34
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 34
WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 36.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 36.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 36.7
WLTP - MPG - High: 40.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 40.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Low: 22.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 22.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 22.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium: 34
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 33.6
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 34

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.6
Engine Power - BHP: 340
Engine Power - KW: 250
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 369
Engine Torque - MKG: 51
Engine Torque - NM: 500
Engine Torque - RPM: 1550
Top Speed: 155

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear: 245/35 R18
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 719M
Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1408
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4454
Wheelbase: 2690
Width: 1774
Width (including mirrors): 1984

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1995
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 390
Max. Loading Weight: 470
Max. Roof Load: 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
Minimum Kerbweight: 1525
No. of Seats: 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

HEIR APPARENT (new2) 14/02/2014

The BMW M240i is the sporting BMW coupe that flies under the radar and flies fast. Jonathan Crouch explains why.

Ten Second Review

This M240i replaces BMW's previous M235i porting model, a performance orientated coupe or convertible that now features a pokier yet more efficient six cylinder petrol engine. As before, this a cracker of a driver's car that packs a 340bhp punch, is available with a choice of transmissions, is priced keenly and looks the part too.

Background

Back in 1985, BMW launched a car called the M3. There was nothing else quite like it, a racer for the road with four seats and everything Munich knew about motorsport technology plumbed into the lightweight engine beneath the bonnet. Driving it was a living, raw, involving experience - in a way that today's sharp-suited M3 can't quite duplicate, for all its extra power and sophistication. But here perhaps, is a BMW that can, the M240i. Yes, you read that right: we're ecommending the M240i here as an M3 alternative, not its pokier, pricier brother, the 410bhp M2 Competition. Don't get us wrong, we love the M2, but it's £53,000 asking price is high. For £11,000 less, this M240i goes virtually as fast and is almost as much fun.

Driving Experience

As you may be aware, we're big fans of this model's BMW 1 Series counterpart, the M135i. And why wouldn't we be? It's hugely quick and entertaining, but BMW has gone one better with the M240i, though the 340bhp output of the improved six cylinder engine is the same. It's got a lower centre of gravity, the shock absorbers and springs are just those few degrees tauter. You'll feel the benefit when you get onto the sort of roller coaster of a back road that's all yumps, dips and successive rapid direction changes. It promises to be a better car for British roads, that's for sure. It's properly rapid too. Now only offered with eight speed automatic transmission, it'll get to 62mph in a mere 4.7 seconds. Slick as this paddleshift auto is, we miss not having the option of a manual stick shift. Press the Sport button and you'll immediately notice the steering weight up and the throttle response sharpen. Press the button once more and you'll find Sport+, which partially disengages the stability control and offers an even spikier throttle pedal. Expect to be mercilessly harassed by these cars on foreseeable UK track days.

Design and Build

It was only when BMW pumped up the 1 Series Coupe into the brawny 1M that it started to look anything but top heavy and gawky and the 2 Series addresses most of the aesthetic shortcomings of that old coupe. It's wider and longer, losing that top hat look of its predecessor, and the roofline has more sassiness to it as well. It's by no means as sleek as a 4 Series coupe but it's no ugly duckling. In fact the chassis is a modified and slightly shorter version of the 3 Series' underpinnings and it shares its bonnet, front wings and doors with the three-door 1-series. The front end features a broad kidney grille and more aggressive air intakes. Moving back, you'll find swept up side skirts, some surprisingly low-key 18-inch alloy wheels and some Audi-like silver door mirror caps. Inside, it's much as you'd expect, with improved build quality and more substantial plastics used throughout. BMW's much-improved iDrive system features a high definition 6.5 inch flat screen. Access to the rear and legroom once you're back there is a good deal better than the 1 Series Coupe and shoulder width has also been improved. The boot is a useful 390-litres.

Market and Model

BMW wants just over £41,000 for the M240i, which makes it one of the better performance car bargains if not quite the must-have proposition that the slightly more affordable previous M235i model represented. Still, what else could you buy for the money that even touches its range of talents? Audi has nothing. Mercedes will sell you the CLA 35 AMG which is a hard hitter but is more expensive. Where are the M240i's coupe rivals? Truth is there aren't any. While Mercedes and Audi have become obsessed with exploring ever smaller sub-niches, they've both dropped the ball here. Just about the most plausible competitor would be a Toyota GT86 that you'd spent a few grand getting Litchfield to bolt a supercharger to, but even that would never feel as good an ownership proposition as the BMW. How inclined would you be to spend another £5,000 to buy a less powerful Porsche Cayman? Equipment runs to a Nevada leather interior, both AUX-in and USB fitments to a stereo that can play MP3s from CD, a multifunction steering wheel with a speed limiter mode, air conditioning, door sill finishers with M240i designation, a short-shift gear lever and a whole host of safety kit including DSC+ stability control, xenon headlights, a tyre pressure warning system and dynamic brake lights. That smooth ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox is offered as an option.

Cost of Ownership

Some magazines have compared the M240i to the old E46 M3 and it's easy to see why. They're coupes of much the same size, both feature straight six engines and power outputs healthily over 300bhp. But should you want to see how far we've progressed in a decade, consider the fact that the M3 would get emissions of 287g/km and return a fuel economy figure of 23.7mpg. Compare and contrast the M240i's WLTP numbers which are 197g/km and 32.5mpg in auto form. You might also want to bear in mind that the M3 is slower, is down a stack of torque and cost over £41,000 ten years ago. As lovely as that car was, it's clear that BMW's march of progress is wholly unsentimental. EfficientDynamics, BMW's suite of energy-saving features, is responsible for making those vaguely implausible looking figures. The M240i is fitted as standard with an Auto Start-Stop function available on both manual and automatic transmissions. An ECO PRO mode, activated using the Drive Performance Control, is a new feature on BMWs that adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. When in ECO PRO mode, the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

We don't think this is too bold a prediction, but the BMW M240i has continued on where the old M235i variant left off as one of the most well-regarded BMW sporting models of recent times. Put simply, it barely puts a foot wrong. The price is right, it's crushingly quick, supremely efficient and it looks.. Well, it's good-looking enough that you won't need to make apologies for it when it's standing on your driveway. Most importantly, BMW has managed to combine these talents and pitch the car right into a sweet spot in the market where its key rivals from Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Lexus and Jaguar will all simply look at each other and wonder how that just happened. If you felt that the BMW M3, and latterly the M4, had become just too powerful and expensive to be of any real relevance, you're going to adore the M240i. If you gave any BMW fan a wish list and asked them to build the perfect car given the company's current resources, it might not be too far off this one. Maybe a few grand cheaper, but you can't have everything. Even as it stands, this is a performance coupe bargain. Hats off to Munich.

SMALL BUT FIERY (used) 27/08/2021

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

BMW coupes used to be all about compactness, lightness and rapid responses. This one still is. The Munich brand has really come good with the M235i, a cracker of a little performance coupe that packs a 326bhp punch, is priced keenly, looks the part and, unlike pricier BMW performance models, is still available with a manual transmission. With this car, the game just changed for the better.

Models

2dr Coupe (M235i/M240i)

History

Back in 1985, BMW launched a car called the M3. There was nothing else quite like it, a racer for the road with four seats and everything Munich knew about motorsport technology plumbed into the lightweight engine beneath the bonnet. Driving it was a living, raw, involving experience - in a way that today's sharp-suited M3 can't quite duplicate, for all its extra power and sophistication. But here perhaps, is a BMW that can, the M Performance versions of the brand's 'F22'-series first generation 2 Series Coupe and Convertible models, badged 'M235i' from 2014 to 2017 and 'M240i' from 2017 to the end of production in 2021. Though the suspension, the engine and the handling all benefit from the expertise of the company's famous M division, the Munich maker insisted that this wasn't an official 'M car'. Instead, it was an example of the new breed of interim 'M Performance' variants the brand introduced earlier this century to bridge the price and performance gap between standard fast BMWs and the all-out M series models. The most obvious example of such a car was this one's direct predecessor, the much-loved 1 Series M Coupe, 6,000 of which were produced between 2011 and 2012 and which attracted such a following that a successor in the brand's first generation 2 Series coupe line-up that came fresh to the market early in 2014 was essential. The M235i variant was it. By 2014, coupes like this were getting even-numbered model designations within BMW's line-up, but in every other way, this car was a direct replacement for that hottest version of the old 1 Series Coupe. Tick off hotshoe handling, a 3.0-litre straight six turbo engine and rest to sixty two supercar-style in under five seconds. Yet this car will comfortably seat four adults, has a big boot and an easy-going daily temperament. It could, in other words, be all the sports car you'll ever need. The 'F22'-era 2 Series Coupe was facelifted in 2017, which was when the 326hp M235i made way for the 335hp M240i. The 'F22' range was replaced by a second generation 2 Series Coupe model in late 2021 only offered in fixed-top form, but the Convertible F23 range, with its M240i derivative, carried on for a little longer.

What You Get

You'll need to know the 2 Series Coupe range quite intimately to instantly appreciate the difference between the M235i or M240i and a standard model merely fitted with M Sport trim. The giveways that this is this is the potent six cylinder version include M aerodynamic body styling, Ferric Grey airblades, twin chromed tailpipes, an M rear spoiler and lovely 18-inch M Double-spoke alloy wheels. Move inside and you step over door sill finishers with the 'M235i' or 'M240i' logo and take your place on a low-slung sports seat with classic M-style upholstery seams. It positions you perfectly in front of a grippy M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and there's also an M driver footrest. Sporty 'Aluminium Hexagon' trim and an Anthracite headliner both aim to generate the appropriate atmosphere and the M-branded instrument cluster has a specific dial design and fine chrono scales. There are nice little extra touches too, like the way that the interior lighting can be set to exclusive orange-red or white colours. Otherwise, the cabin will hold few surprises for existing BMW owners. Though there are a few plastic panels that feel quite hard to the touch, overall, the high quality materials and solid construction impress and it's this general classiness that makes it all feel special rather than any stand-out detailing. What we think the brand is very good at is deciding what functions should remain as dashboard buttons - like the ventilation and stereo controls - and which ones should be squirreled away into infotainment system menus, in this case an iDrive set-up which is one of the very best of its kind. Rear seat passengers meanwhile, will be grateful for that boxy shape. It's certainly more spacious in the back than a more swoopily-styled rival would be, even if legroom remains in somewhat short supply, despite the fact that it increased by 21mm over the old 1 Series M Coupe. Still, adults who aren't too lanky should be able to squeeze themselves in reasonably comfortably with a bit of co-operation from those ahead, provided that the folk in front aren't basketball players and the journey isn't too long. Though only a couple of people can be accommodated, a stowage compartment is provided in between and there's a cockpit-like feel to these two chairs that rather suits the character of the car. Most of the time of course, you'll be using these seats to sling briefcases, jackets or designer shopping bags onto - or indeed folding them down to increase boot space. There's more of this than you might expect too. More in fact than you'd get in a supposedly more practical five-door BMW M135i Sports Hatch from this period. In fact, the 390-litre total cargo area capacity is 20-litres up on what the old 1 Series M Coupe could offer, which means that even before you start pushing forward the 60:40 split-folding rear bench, you've got more space to play with than you would in an everyday Focus or Golf family hatchback. No other compact coupe competitor can match this and some are way behind: we're talking around 30% more luggage space than you'd get in a Volkswagen Scirocco from this period for example. Plus there are cargo nets to tie your shopping down so you'd don't have to worry about attacking a few of your favourite backroads on the long route back from the supermarket. The 60:40 split-folding rear bench just mentioned is standard but new buyers were offered the optional extra flexibility of a 40:20:40 three-way folding arrangement with a Through-loading facility for long items like skis. In other words, though in choosing this BMW, you'll have bought yourself a coupe, it's not a car without a certain level of practicality.

What You Pay

For an M235i, a '13-plate car starts at around £12,400, rising to around £18,000 for a '17-plate car. The M240i prices from around £18,700 on a '17-plate, rising to around £23,250 on a '19-plate. M2 prices from around £22,500 for a '15-plate car, rising to around £31,000 for an '18-plate model. The M2 Competition prices from around £35,000 for an '18-plate car, rising to around £43,250 for a '20-plate model.

What to Look For

Our owner survey did reveal many satisfied users of this car but inevitably, there were a few issues reported. Obviously, a fully-stamped service history is vital. Frequent issues include a need to replace the air conditioning condenser and the ABS control module. One owner in our survey reported an Exhaust Valve Flap Actuator squeak. Another left his car parked for a week, then found it wasn't making full power under hard acceleration, at which point he got a drivetrain malfunction saying 'maximum power output not available'. We've heard that early on, the six cylinder petrol engine had timing chain issues which led to blown motors. This was sorted on cars made after 2015, which had a redesigned timing chain. There was a fuel pump issue on early cars too, evidenced by a warning lamp and an error message display in the instrument cluster before the engine cuts out. The fuel pump should have been replaced to sort this. 2 Series models built October 2014 and December 2017 might have EGR Cooler issues too. Cars made between September 2014 and March 2015 might have a faulty Driver's side seatbelt mechanism that makes it difficult to use in cold weather. A possible issue with the power steering affects some cars manufactured between 2014 and December 2015, and you may notice heavier steering than usual if it fails. Faulty airbag modules in some models made between August 2016 and November 2016 may not activate correctly in a collision; new modules will need to be fitted to solve the issue. An issue with the crankshaft sensor was reported on some cars made between May 2018 and June 2018 - which could lead to the engine going into an emergency reduced power mode, limiting performance. Otherwise, it's just the usual things. Look for signs of child interior damage and check the alloys for scratches and scuffs.

Replacement Parts

[based on a 2015 model 235i auto] Parts prices for an M23i or M240i Coupe from this period can be reasonable if you shop around. We trawled around the internet and found these: An air filter costs around £56. An oil filter is in the £29 bracket. A fuel filter is in the £43 bracket. Front brake discs cost in the £105-£150 bracket, though pricier brands can cost in the £420 bracket. Rear brake discs cost in the £315 bracket, though pricier brands can cost in the £400 bracket. Front brake pads sit in the £84-£97 for a set. A set of rear pads is around £167. A starter motor is around £570. A wiper blade costs in the £12-£15 bracket.

On the Road

You expect quite a lot of a BMW bearing a badge like this, even though it designates 'M Performance', rather than full M-car status. The Bavarian marque has, after all, produced some legendary cars of this kind back down through the years. So, what's it like? Well, you settle in behind the wheel and everything seems just right, the driving position perfect: already, you're feeling like driving rather than merely travelling. Punch the starter button, listen to the rasp of BMW's superb six cylinder 3.0-litre petrol unit set off and you'll find yourself looking forward to finding a road that will put the Bavarian maker's bold claims for this car to the test. Get to the first open bend and you also find yourself pushing a little harder than you might normally - just to see. Sure enough, power into a corner, dab the brakes, turn the wheel and it's true. There's a feeling of perfect control. Ideal 50:50 axle load distribution, optimised aerodynamics, a long wheelbase and a low, ideally balanced centre of gravity combine with rear wheel drive to give this car its unique agility It's one of those that just feels right within the first fifty metres, this down to the sum of a whole series of small but important things that simply hit the right notes. The things we've just mentioned also combine with many others: seating position, control weights, engine tractability, suspension refinement, basic ergonomics - stuff like that. As for the way that leaves you feeling, well, it's much like the sort of thing you've probably heard about interviewers you've faced having often made their decision before you've even got into your seat. First impressions are crucial - and this 2 Series nails them. But then you'd expect a top performance 2 Series model to be able to do that. We're anticipating that many buyers of this M Performance 2 Series Coupe F22 model (the 326hp M235i sold between 2014 and 2017 and the 335hp M240i took over until the end of sales in 2021) will be people who owned or enjoyed the old 1 Series M Coupe - or maybe even an old M3. If that's you, then one of the first differences you're going to notice with this car is the addition of standard Drive Performance Control, the rocker switch for which you'll find down by the gearstick. You might be familiar with this kind of thing by now, a set-up that allows you to tweak the steering, throttle and stability control system thresholds depending on the operating mode you select. Gear change times too if, like many M235i or M240i buyers, you decide against a version with the slick 6-speed stick shifter and choose a car with 8-speed Sport automatic paddle-shift transmission. This features a natty launch control system for would-be Alonsos. If you ignore the attributes of Drive Performance Control - or select its most relaxed 'Comfort' or efficient 'ECO PRO' settings - then the travelling experience in this car, though quite comfortable, won't be especially memorable. Push the rocker switch forward into 'Sport' though and the reaction you get immediately feels keener and more alert. More like the kind of 2 Series enthusiasts would expect this car to be. The further 'Sport +' setting will of course sharpen things up even more and relax the DSC control to provide a little more tail-out cornering leeway - if you should be that way inclined. To really create that kind of machine though, you've to get a car whose original owner spent a bit of extra money on the M Sport Adaptive Suspension set-up, a system that works as part of Drive Performance Control and is able to alter the ride to suit the road you're on and the mood you're in.

Overall

Driving enthusiasts will often tell you that sports cars aren't what they once were. With four wheel drive and electronic interference rife in modern performance machines, almost anyone can buy such a thing and drive it very fast indeed. So where are the cars you have to master? The ones you have to tame? Where yours are the risks - and yours the rewards? Most manufacturers no longer make them - but BMW does. With compact dimensions, a reasonably light weight, explosive power, rear wheel drive and realistic pricing, this 'F22'-era M235i/M240i model satisfied just about every wish on an old-school enthusiast's tick list. And it did so in a way that truly re-captured the spirit of original M Power models. There's simply nothing else like this car from its period. Everything else you might consider as a competitor is either bigger or smaller, with front or four-wheel drive. Would a pricey, fully-fledged M2 version of this 2 Series Coupe 'F22 model be any better than this? We rather doubt it. Sure, it'd be more powerful, but away from the racetrack, that wouldn't really add any extra real world speed to those rare occasions when it's possible to let rip on a public road. As one writer pointed out, if the M3 is a hunting rifle in its approach to delivering powerful performance, then this car's attitude is more akin to that of a sawn-off shotgun. It might not be pretty but it's pretty darn effective - and something you mess with at your peril. A race car for the road. Just as every true M Power machine really should be.

MUNICH'S CLASSIEST COUPE (used) 17/08/2021

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Sharp handling and a range of outstanding engines make BMW's first generation 'F22'-era 2 Series Coupe a unique choice in the segment for compact sports coupes from the 2014-2021 period. The car delivers all BMW's best bits distilled down into a compact driver-focused package.

Models

2dr Coupe (218i,220i,228i,330i,M240i,M2,M2Competition / 218d, 220d, 225d) [SE, Modern, Sport, M Sport]

History

Turn the clock back to the late Sixties and early Seventies and you'll find that BMW used to have a younger age profile. The customers who bought cars like their much loved 2002tii and 2002 turbo models were the kind of youthful, free-spirited people who would otherwise have gone for an Alfa Spider sports car or a Mini Cooper. But the Bavarian marque doesn't make machines like that any more - or does it? Proof that they do was delivered in 2014 in the form of this model, the MK1 'F22'-era 2 Series Coupe. It was launched as a replacement for the 1 Series Coupe model that had been charming enthusiasts since 2007. Not even they though, could ever have described a two-door 1 Series as an attractive-looking thing. This car, in contrast, sat much easier on the eye and, with any coupe, that's half the battle won. This was a little rear wheel drive coupe in which the folds of the company's corporate approach were shaken out a little. The racy 225d diesel and 228i petrol models were mainstream range highlights and a spirited drive in either is enough to make a rival Volkswagen Scirocco - or indeed BMW's larger 4 Series Coupe - from this period seem rather dull. Best of all are the potent six cylinder M235i and M2 variants, offering near-supercar levels of performance. The M2 (F87) was introduced in 2015 with 370hp. The 2 Series Coupe was joined by a Convertible version (F23) shortly after launch. In 2017, both line-ups were facelifted and the M235i was uprated to M240i status. In 2019, the M2 was replaced by the M2 Competition model with 410hp. The rare M2 CS sold between 2019 and 2020. F22 Coupe range was replaced by a second generation model in late 2021 only offered in fixed-top form, so the Convertible F23 range carried on for a little longer.

What You Get

Is this the most stylish small BMW coupe ever made? Many will think so. This car's predecessor, the old 1 Series Coupe, featured a blend of aesthetics that was never quite as comfortable as it could have been. From some angles it looked great, all muscle and attitude, while from others it looked about as elegant as Jimmy Nail in Jimmy Choos. With this 2 Series though, it was a very different story. Squint and you can see elements of the previous 1 Series Coupe model in the shape of the glasshouse, but some of that old awkwardness went here, replaced by a far more elegant, cohesive look. Some might not see this car as being quite as good looking as the bigger 4 Series Coupe from this period, but it's nevertheless a handsome thing. Don't worry: the neighbours will certainly notice. And inside? A driver-focused car should have a driver-focused cockpit - and this one does. In fact, there are very few small sporting models from this period that set you up better behind the wheel. Take a look around and it's functional rather than flash, with the Munich-maker's familiar design language of two black-faced instruments in a driver-focused cowl. There's certainly plenty of space to stretch out given this car's compact dimensions, though headroom will be a touch restricted if the optional glass sunroof is fitted and shorter drivers might feel as if the high waistline of the car is a bit enveloping. Over the shoulder visibility's a bit restricted too. Drivers used to the old 1 Series Coupe will find the front three-quarter vision better though, thanks to slim A-pillars. Otherwise, the cabin will hold few surprises for existing BMW owners. Though there are a few plastic panels that feel quite hard to the touch, overall, the high quality materials and solid construction impress and it's this general classiness that makes it all feel special rather than any stand-out detailing. What we think the brand is very good at is deciding what functions should remain as dashboard buttons - like the ventilation and stereo controls - and which ones should be squirreled away into infotainment system menus, in this case an iDrive set-up which is one of the very best of its kind. Rear seat passengers meanwhile, will be grateful for that boxy shape. It's certainly more spacious in the back than a more swoopily-styled rival would be, even if legroom remains in somewhat short supply, despite the fact that it increased by 21mm over the old 1 Series Coupe. Still, adults who aren't too lanky should be able to squeeze themselves in reasonably comfortably with a bit of co-operation from those ahead, provided that the folk in front aren't basketball players and the journey isn't too long. Though only a couple of people can be accommodated, a stowage compartment is provided in between and there's a cockpit-like feel to these two chairs that rather suits the character of the car. Most of the time of course, you'll be using these seats to sling briefcases, jackets or designer shopping bags onto - or indeed folding them down to increase boot space. There's more of this than you might expect too. More in fact than you'd get in a supposedly more practical five-door BMW 1 Series Sports Hatch from this period. In fact, the 390-litre total cargo area capacity is 20-litres up on what the old 1 Series Coupe could offer, which means that even before you start pushing forward the 60:40 split-folding rear bench, you've got more space to play with than you would in an everyday Focus or Golf family hatchback. No other compact coupe competitor can match this and some are way behind: we're talking around 30% more luggage space than you'd get in a Volkswagen Scirocco from this period for example. Plus there are cargo nets to tie your shopping down so you'd don't have to worry about attacking a few of your favourite backroads on the long route back from the supermarket. The 60:40 split-folding rear bench just mentioned is standard but new buyers were offered the optional extra flexibility of a 40:20:40 three-way folding arrangement with a Through-loading facility for long items like skis. In other words, though in choosing this BMW, you'll have bought yourself a coupe, it's not a car without a certain level of practicality.

What You Pay

The 218d with base 'SE' trim values from around £8,200 with a '13-plate, with values rising to around £21,500 for a '20-plate car; allow around £1,900 more for top 'M Sport' trim. For the 220d, prices start at around £8,600 for a '13-plate 'SE'-spec model, with values rising to around £18,000 for a later '19-plate car. Allow a small premium if you want the 220d xDrive 4WD variant. For the rare 225d, a '13-plate 'M Sport'-spec car starts at around £11,900, rising to around £17,200 for a '17-plate car. For an M235i, a '13-plate car starts at around £12,400, rising to around £18,000 for a '17-plate car. The M240i prices from around £18,700 on a '17-plate, rising to around £23,250 on a '19-plate. M2 prices from around £22,500 for a '15-plate car, rising to around £31,000 for an '18-plate model. The M2 Competition prices from around £35,000 for an '18-plate car, rising to around £43,250 for a '20-plate model.

What to Look For

Our owner survey did reveal many satisfied users of this car but inevitably, there were a few issues reported. Obviously, a fully-stamped service history is vital. Frequent issues include a need to replace the air conditioning condenser and the ABS control module. One owner in our survey reported an Exhaust Valve Flap Actuator squeak. Another left his car parked for a week, then found it wasn't making full power under hard acceleration, at which point he got a drivetrain malfunction saying 'maximum power output not available'. We've heard that early on, the six cylinder petrol engine had timing chain issues which led to blown motors. This was sorted on cars made after 2015, which had a redesigned timing chain. There was a fuel pump issue on early cars too, evidenced by a warning lamp and an error message display in the instrument cluster before the engine cuts out. The fuel pump should have been replaced to sort this. 2 Series models built October 2014 and December 2017 might have EGR Cooler issues too. Cars made between September 2014 and March 2015 might have a faulty Driver's side seatbelt mechanism that makes it difficult to use in cold weather. A possible issue with the power steering affects some cars manufactured between 2014 and December 2015, and you may notice heavier steering than usual if it fails. Faulty airbag modules in some models made between August 2016 and November 2016 may not activate correctly in a collision; new modules will need to be fitted to solve the issue. An issue with the crankshaft sensor was reported on some cars made between May 2018 and June 2018 - which could lead to the engine going into an emergency reduced power mode, limiting performance. Otherwise, it's just the usual things. Look for signs of child interior damage and check the alloys for scratches and scuffs.

Replacement Parts

[based on a 2015 model 220d diesel auto] Parts prices for a 2 Series Coupe from this period can be reasonable if you shop around. We trawled around the internet and found these: An air filter costs around £56. An oil filter is in the £29 bracket. A fuel filter is in the £43 bracket. Front brake discs cost in the £98-£140 bracket, though pricier brands can cost in the £350-£420 bracket. Rear brake discs cost in the £65-£170 bracket, though pricier brands can cost in the £350-£400 bracket. Front brake pads sit in the £84-£97 for a set. A set of rear pads is around £60. A starter motor is around £570. A wiper blade costs in the £12-£15 bracket.

On the Road

So, what's it like? Well, you settle in behind the wheel and everything seems just right, the driving position perfect: already, you're feeling like driving rather than merely travelling. Punch the starter button, set off and you'll find yourself looking forward to finding a road that will put the Bavarian maker's bold claims for this car to the test. Get to the first open bend and you also find yourself pushing a little harder than you might normally - just to see. Sure enough, power into a corner, dab the brakes, turn the wheel and it's true. There's a feeling of perfect control. Ideal 50:50 axle load distribution, optimised aerodynamics, a long wheelbase and a low, ideally balanced centre of gravity combine with rear wheel drive to give this car its unique agility It's one of those that just feels right within the first fifty metres, this down to the sum of a whole series of small but important things that simply hit the right notes. The things we've just mentioned also combine with many others: seating position, control weights, engine tractability, suspension refinement, basic ergonomics - stuff like that. As for the way that leaves you feeling, well, it's much like the sort of thing you've probably heard about interviewers you've faced having often made their decision before you've even got into your seat. First impressions are crucial - and this 2 Series nails them. If you've upgraded from the old 1 Series model, one of the first changes you're going to notice is the standard Drive Performance Control system, the rocker switch for which you'll find down by the gearstick. You might be familiar with this kind of thing by now, a set-up that allows you to tweak the steering, throttle and stability control system thresholds depending on the operating mode you select. Gear change times too if, like many 2 Series buyers, you decide against the slick 6-speed stick shifter and find a car with the 8-speed automatic paddle-shift transmission. There's also an optional quicker-shifting Sport automatic transmission fitted further up the range. If you ignore the attributes of Drive Performance Control - or select its most relaxed 'Comfort' or efficient 'ECO PRO' settings - then the travelling experience in this car, though very comfortable, won't be especially memorable. Push the rocker switch forward into 'Sport' though and the reaction you get immediately feels keener and more alert. More like the kind of 2 Series enthusiasts would expect this car to be. If you ignore the lower 'SE' or 'Modern' trim levels, your car will also come with an extra 'Sport +' setting that'll sharpen things up even more and relax the DSC control to provide a little more tail-out cornering leeway - if you should be that way inclined. To really create that kind of machine though, you've to find a car whose original owner spent more on damping - maybe in upgrading to optional stiff M Sport suspension but ideally a car featuring the M Sport Adaptive Suspension set-up, a system that works as part of Drive Performance Control and is able to alter the ride to suit the road you're on and the mood you're in. Don't worry too much if your budget can't stretch to the really expensive models. All 2 Series Coupe models get Twin Power Turbo technology and any one of them is going to be a pretty rewarding thing to own - and to drive. Across the range, the slick-shifting 6-speed manual gearshift is lovely and the ride's good too, suppler than you'll find on, say, a 1 Series hatch, despite this car's cornering sharpness. It's as well though, that the German marketeers decided not to carry across the feeblest powerplants from the 1 Series hatchback into this 2 Series line-up. Which means that the range begins with 143bhp 218d or 184bhp 220d diesel models. Even the 218d makes 62mph from rest in 8.9s on the way to 132mph, figures the 220d improves to 7.2s and 143mph. If you prefer not to fuel from the black pump, the 184bhp 220i petrol variant improves that to 7s dead and 146mph. These kinds of figures give you some idea of the performance potential lurking further up the line-up. Which of course is where the really exciting engines are to be found. The first of these, you may be surprised to learn, is a diesel, the 225d being our personal pick as one of the world's finest and a car that in this 2 Series line-up comes only with eight-speed Sport auto transmission. This variant's stoked-up 2.0-litre unit was the first all aluminium oil-burner in the world to achieve a specific output of over 100bhp per litre and here, twin turbos help it all the way to 218bhp, 0-62mph in 6.3s dead and a 150mph top speed, while the ability to cover 40-60mph in no more than around 4s means you can slingshot past slower-moving traffic as if it wasn't there. The 225d is, in other words, a really quick car and rival marques have hulking great six-cylinder diesels that can't match it. In fact, the only real issue with this particular car is the one that applies to all small BMW's fuelled from the black pump: that of refinement. Other rivals now offer quieter diesel options - it's as simple as that. If this is an issue for you and the requirement is for a mainstream 2 Series model with a bit of extra poke, we'd direct you towards the 228i, the petrol-powered pocket rocket in the standard range. Here again, you've a four cylinder engine with the punch and performance of a 'six'. In this case, we're talking of a 245bhp 2.0-litre turbo four that catapults this coupe to sixty two mph in just 5.7s on the way to 154mph. It's a desirable machine then - but further up the line-up, there are even nicer ones. Both use BMW's superb six cylinder 3.0-litre petrol unit. Things start with the M235i, an 'M Performance' model with 326bhp on tap, 1bhp more than a Porsche Cayman S from this period if you're interested. This was upgraded to 335hp when this variant evolved into the M240i, at the time of the 2 Series Coupe range's 2017 model year facelift. If you want to go further, then you're going to want the full-fat M2, launched in 2015 with 370hp, then upgraded in 2019 to 'Competition' form with a 410hp version of the same 3.0-litre six cylinder twin turbo motor.

Overall

If pushed to name BMW's most convincing sporting car from the 21st century's second decade, many would walk past the mighty M5, ignore the powerhouse M3 and M4 models, pause briefly to admire the lines of the Z4 and end up at the baby of the range, this 'F22'-era 2 Series Coupe. With a selection of fantastic engines and the draw of a fully-fledged and awesomely capable M model at the top end, this two-door 2 Series demonstrated once again that light is right. Not for nothing did this model enjoy the lowest average owner age profile of any that the Bavarian brand made in this period. This 2 Series isn't perfect of course. You might suggest that its shape isn't the most alluring we've ever seen from this Munich maker - but at the same time, you'd have to admit it to be a huge aesthetic step forward from the old 1 Series coupe. Anyway, what'll sell this thing to you is its road going experience, its lust for life and the way it'll remind you of what driving used to be about when all that's ahead is a ribbon of twisting tarmac. Ultimately, it's the kind of car that BMW does better than almost anyone.


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