The 2022 BMW 2 Series might be a compact car, but that doesn’t mean it has less to offer. The Series 2 has just entered its second generation, so we can’t wait to see how its redesign has affected its performance. Looks like Consumer Reports was impressed: Here are six things the site loves about this affordable luxury car.
1. The 2022 BMW 2 Series offers quick acceleration
The BMW 2 Series Coupe comes standard with a four-turbo engine developing 255 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque. Three other engines are available, the largest developing 382 hp. Each is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Driving the base 230i coupe, Consumer Reports clocked a 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds. That’s an impressive split considering the vehicle’s curb weight of 3,440 pounds and the engine’s relatively modest horsepower (by sports car standards). The base version’s top speed ranges from 130 to 155 mph, according to CR testers.
2. It has reliable brakes with short stopping distances
According to Consumer Reports, the BMW 2 Series Coupe can come to a complete stop from 60 mph in 128 feet. On wet pavement, it only needs an extra 11 feet of stopping distance. When testing last year’s model, CR reported that the brakes were also easy to control.
If you buy the M240i xDrive Coupe, you’ll get an upgraded M Sport brake package and a host of other racing upgrades. This model also comes with the most powerful engine and all-wheel drive.
3. It offers incredible handling and dynamics for an engaging ride
BMW has retuned the 2022 2 Series’ suspension with lighter parts, which CR says will improve its handling. An adaptive suspension is standard on M240i models.
While Consumer Reports didn’t divulge many details about the 2022 model’s road test performance, CR loved the 2021 model’s driving dynamics. In this review, testers praised the near-instant steering and throttle responses. the coupe’s accelerator. Its evasive maneuver capabilities are also slightly better for 2022.
On CR’s test track, the car could suddenly swerve to avoid hitting traffic cones at 56 mph. As with last year’s model, drivers can also customize their new 2 Series with either comfort- or sport-focused drive modes.
4. The 2022 BMW 2 Series has surprisingly good fuel economy
The BMW 2 Series scored 31 mpg combined city/highway in CR’s real-world driving test. The 230i actually exceeded its EPA-estimated mileage on the highway, gaining 45 mpg instead of 35.
You can expect slightly lower mileage if you opt for your 2 Series with AWD or the six-cylinder engine. However, even the 240i xDrive is more efficient than most sports cars, earning 26 mpg combined.
5. It comes with comfortable front seats
The 2022 BMW 2 Series comes with standard sports seats with plush, supportive leather upholstery. The front seats also feature memory settings and power adjustment levers.
This car has widened almost three inches this year and its length has increased by 4.3 inches. Unfortunately, CR says the back row is still cramped for more than two passengers. The car also has a small trunk, but at least the folding rear seats make it more versatile.
6. The fit and finish of the 2022 BMW 2 Series is superb
CR loved the new look of the BMW 2 Series grille and interior layout. It features premium dashboard and seat materials and an intuitive center console layout.
BMW also added a few infotainment upgrades, including the intelligent personal assistant. This feature allows you to adjust virtually any control with a simple voice command, reducing driver distraction.
The upgraded Live Cockpit replaces the analog gauge cluster with a 12.3-inch digital display. It is divided into three sections: speed statistics, multimedia and fuel economy/performance diagnostics. CR also appreciates the abundant security features and wireless smartphone integration.
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