The Series 2 is BMW’s melting pot, where you’ll also find models that are a sacrilege for fans of the brand (a cross-engined family car and a four-door coupe) as well as traditional long-engined, essentially rear-wheel-drive cars. What’s more, the body, simply called the Coupé, didn’t just stick to tradition in terms of build – yet? – no oversized kidneys on the nose of the car, the focus is on the driving experience.
It starts right in the driving position, with the long door open we have to sit deep, with our legs extended, we sit close to the floor in sports seats with good side support, the thick, shaped flange handlebar can be pulled close. In the dark, the whole thing is even more impressive, as the mood lighting means not only the traditional lights, but also the motif on the door trim, which showcases the colors of the M – from the back – sumptuous! Of course, it is also a surcharge for the M sports package (HUF 1,688,500), but in addition to the more dynamic bumpers and spectacular mood light, we also get a sports suspension, variable-gear steering, and that’s what this whole car is all about. The second line is also only symbolic in terms of head and foot space. The old familiar 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo diesel, powered by an 11-horsepower alternator, will be added to the engine compartment. Of the latter, the driver perceives the fact that the basic Comfort driving program offers what the car starts sailing on the fuel-efficient Eco Pro a few years ago. Then next time you experience that there is still some slowdown. During the one-week stand-by, no system was discovered as to when the response would be free to roll or decelerate, presumably related to the charge of the 48-volt battery that supplies the soft hybrid system – the deceleration is due to energy recovery – but is not reported by the instrument cluster. Then here’s the hesitant start from a standing position. It takes about 1 second for the car to actually start moving – the engine comes to life, the transmission shifts and the hair goes on – which further complicates turning off an already difficult side street due to its long nose. All this forces the driver to get rid of the car-saving elements of the car’s operation with the custom settings available in Dynamic mode.
However, if the 220d Coupé is already in motion, it only deserves praise. Of course, the 8-speed transmission likes to turn around here too, but on the one hand there is the possibility of manual intervention, and on the other hand, with great throttle, you can put the transmission in a state of excitement for a few moments while you overtake it. Precise steering, good dosing and effective braking, muscular traction, good traction, and the car doesn’t fumble even on wet roads – only if we really want to. Meanwhile, there is no complaint about comfort, the chassis absorbs the unevenness well, but the body moves a lot due to the short spring travel. The four-cylinder diesel is an ideal choice if you need a partner for high-speed driving, but its fuel consumption remains within acceptable limits: the 7.1-liter test average could have been lower, but due to the aforementioned behavior, the car went in sport mode most of the time.
During the test, I came across only one bad feature that is hard to live with: the design of the seat belt. After the long belt is switched off, it starts to rewind, but typically only halves and gets stuck, and the metal belt buckle hangs right into the door cut-out: 8 times out of 10, the belt had to be pulled back in place by hand before the door could be closed. There’s no belt guide on the back of the great sports seats that come with the M Sport package, so you stay focused.
I LIKED IT
• driving experience
• precise steering
• mood light
I DID NOT LIKE
• narrow second line
• slow start-up reaction
• seat belt that is difficult to retract
Even during electrification, BMW has had the time and energy to build a car that is great to drive, which can enchant even with a 2.0-liter diesel. I would only change the rewind of the seat belt so that the door closing experience is also cloudless.
BMW 220d Coupé Steptronic
Total stroke volume: 1995 cm3
Cylinders / valves: S4 / 16 turbo diesel, soft hybrid
Max. Power: 140 kW (190 hp) 4000 / min
Max. Torque: 400 Nm 1750-2500 / min
Hossz./szél./mag.: 4537/1838/1390 mm
Wheelbase: 2851 mm
Track front / rear: 1575/1587 mm
Turning distance: 11.1 m
Net weight / load capacity: 1655/400 kg
Luggage compartment: 390 l
Fuel tank: 51 l
Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 6.9 s
Maximum speed: 237 km / h
Average consumption (WLTP): 4.7-5.1 l / 100 km
Test consumption: 7.1 l / 100 km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 122-132 g / km
Base price of the model: 12,445,000 HUF (220i Coupé Steptronic, 184 HP)
The price of the tested version: HUF 13,280,000
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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