Robert Barry finds the all-new BMW M235i XDrive Gran Coupe feels fresh and sporty and perfectly formed for the young at heart.
The new BMW 2-series Gran Coupe sits between the 1-series hatch and 3-series sedan offering a stylish alternative for the young and young at heart.
It combines coupe-like styling and sporting dynamics with the practicality of four doors (with frameless windows) and a 430-litre boot capacity.
Priced from $91,400 the flagship all-wheel-drive M235i XDrive is distinguished by Cerium Grey highlights and a three-dimensional mesh kidney grille.
Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, gearshift paddles, adaptive LED headlights, dual-zone climate air, comfort access, electronic seat adjustment, Harman Kardon surround sound system and Dakota leather upholstery.
It has the full M Sport kit out including rear spoiler, seat belts, sport brakes, front and rear sports seats and sport steering. Available options include a $2900 visibility package or a $1500 comfort package.
A five-year warranty, three-year service inclusive programme and five-year roadside assist coverage come as standard.
The M235i is propelled by a 225kW/450Nm 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine allied to an 8-speed automatic.
This unit is BMW’s most powerful 2-litre engine yet, which helps the all-wheel-drive M235i to get off the line very quickly. The engine provides plenty of urge through the rev range and the paddle-shift gearbox is quick, smooth and precise.
Even in comfort mode, you can feel the M235i grip the road through its stiff chassis, responsive steering and sticky low-profile rubber, while producing the required sporting exhaust note of an M badged machine. It is a swift as well as stylish addition to the BMW family.