The modern day E46 M3, the BMW M240i
The BMW 2 Series is one of, if not the most popular compact coupe on our roads. The current model has brought about a new design language which is a bit of a departure from the sleek design of the previous model. This, the latest model has a more opinionated design which sparks debate. While not to everyone's tastes, we quite like it.
Ok so you might be looking at this 2 Series and wondering why it looks nothing like the four-door 2 Series coupe which looks more like a 1 Series. Well, the story goes that this 2 door coupe has nothing in common with the 1 Series or 2 Series GranCoupe. This 2 Series coupe is actually based on a 3 Series chassis and, as a result, remains rear-wheel-drive, except for the M240i which features xDrive all-wheel drive. It’s confusing but what can you do…
So this new chassis benefits the vehicle's wheelbase which is now longer. It also features a wider stance but with a lower height that has given it a sleek, low-slung look. Like many BMW models of late, they tend to look a whole lot better in the metal than they do on the internet. While this 2 Series might look a bit strange in pictures it actually looks good in person.
We particularly like the aggressive and sporty front bumper, new LED headlights and the power bulge on the bonnet. Like with the latest 4 Series GranCoupe, the doorhandles are now flush with the body which adds a clean, undisrupted side profile design.
The rear of the car also looks eye-catching thanks to unique taillights and a sporty lower bumper. The diesel model seen here benefits from a tailpipe at each end of the bumper while the M240i makes do with extra sporty attire and large tailpipes.
Step inside the new BMW 2 Series and, if you know a thing or two about new BMW’s you will realise that the interior looks very similar, to many other BMW models currently on offer. What this does is make the transition from model to model easier.
Drivers and passengers will know where everything is, making it easy to adjust to the environment. In terms of quality, the BMW 2 Series offers loads of it. The blend of fine materials and technology is admirable. The large infotainment screen houses all the vehicle controls as well as smartphone integration which includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system is easy to use despite the various menus on offer. It can be controlled via the iDrive dial or with touch inputs.
Furthermore, the digital instrument cluster offers relevant driver information and even changes depending on what driving mode you are in. Unfortunately, it cannot be changed which is a pity as the overall design of the graphics is not as visually appealing as that offered by Mercedes for example. One nice feature which we enjoyed is the ambient lighting M Performance design on the doors just behind the door handle, it’s a neat little touch.
Because the car is now bigger than before, rear occupants won't be as cramped and the boot is pretty decent as well so you won't have to skimp on practicality either. Overall the interior is spacious, packed with technology, and quality materials and it remains visually appealing.
Under the bonnet of this specific car is a rather enthusiastic 3.0-litre Twin Power Turbo motor that develops 285kW and 500Nm of torque. It sends its power, as mentioned earlier to all four wheels which makes this quite a potent little car. Out on the roads and when driven with intent the M240i rewards with eagerness, agility, and levels of grip which inspire confidence. It has a decent engine note and the drive is relatively comfortable. This M240i is, in our opinion, the modern equivalent to the legendary E46 M3 and you don't get higher praise than that.