TodayOctober 23, 2021

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe first drive

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2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe engine

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe engine

What a difference an engine can make! The 301-horsepower M235i xDrive Gran Coupe delivers an altogether different driving experience than its 228i sibling.

The engine is a paragon of contemporary efficiency, extracting 301 horsepower and 332 ft-lbs of torque from a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine is smooth, resonating, and highly entertaining. The eight-speed automatic transmission feeds all four wheels as though nerve endings were touching the road.

While BMW has caught a lot of flack over the M235i GrandCoupe’s styling, transverse engine layout, and front-drive platform, the car is solidly built and drives in a very ultimate driving BMW like fashion.

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe interior

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe interior

The overall styling has acceded some of the grace of its predecessors. The interior treatment is everything we’ve come to expect from BMW over the years, both good and bad. While the layout is logical and controls are well placed, the complexity is matched with its luxury.

Driven with an open mind, you’ll find delightful handling and confidence-inspiring stability. However, you might also find your rearview mirrors full of angry red and blue lights if you aren’t careful. This car is deceptively fast.

And I like it!

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe kidney grille

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe kidney grille

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe pricing and specs

Horsepower: 301 hp

MSRP: From $45,500

Curb weight: 2,605 lbs

Dimensions: 179″ L x 71″ W x 56″ H

MPG: 23 city / 32 highway

Torque: 332 lb-ft

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe rear

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe rear

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Lyndon Bell

Cars, as you may have guessed, are a passion of mine. A syndicated automotive journalist, I have contributed to Road &Track, Car and Driver, and a host of other automotive publications and websites over the years, so I'm pretty well-versed in the subject. I've also worked as a car salesman, giving me insights into the workings of automobile dealerships and the new car sales process too. My overriding goal is to ensure anyone who reads my work comes away more informed.

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