2020 BMW 228i GrandCoupe Review

BMW has come a long way — in ways both good and bad — since that tidy little 2002 with which we all fell in love. Each iteration of its cars seems to get larger and heavier. For example, this 2 Series sedan is about the same size as the 3 Series sedan used to be and the current 3 is about where the 5 used to be.

Meanwhile though, interior volume, despite the car being based on a front drive platform, is still less than that of the 3 Series. On the other hand, there’s plenty of room up front and the logical layout of the controls we’ve always appreciated about BMWs is solidly in evidence as well.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four capable of generating 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Doesn’t sound like a lot these days, but it does get the 3500-pound sedan to 60 in just over five seconds. An eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive complete the powertrain.

Over the road, the 228i GranCoupe’s ride quality is smooth and its handling is entertaining — if not exactly stupefying. Steering is accurate, braking is confidence inspiring and the engine note is sporty, albeit artificially enhanced by the audio system.

Styling is obviously BMW, though not as gracefully sleek as were the cars during and immediately following the controversial era when Chris Bangle led the marque’s design team. But hey, that’s a matter of personal taste. All in all though, this new “small” BMW sedan is pleasingly competent, if not exactly thrilling.

I like it.

Pricing starts at $37,500.

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