2018 BMW 230i M Sport Review - Asian Car Guide
December 17, 2018




2018 BMW 230i M Sport Review

bmw 2 series coupe

The BMW 2 Series Coupe is a significant departure from the old 1 Series Coupe – not only in looks but how it drives.

In recent years smaller more affordable cars have become popular entry-level luxury vehicles. Being the smallest coupe in the Bavarian line-up, the 2 Series embodies a very “less is more” trend.

The 2 Series continues BMW’s run with compact coupes but with new designation in line with the other two-door models. As the 4 Series replaced the 3 Series Coupe, the 1 Series is replaced by the 2.

bmw 2 series interiorBorrowing the 4 Series’ styling recipe, the 2 Series receives lower roofline, wider stance and longer wheelbase, adding to a noticeably more eye-catching and compelling car.

Bigger than its predecessor, at 4,432mm x 1,774mm x 1,418mm (L W  H), the new car is 72mm longer, 26mm wider and 5mm lower than the outgoing Coupe.

The iconic design continues with elongated bonnet, elegant lines and set-back passenger cabin.

Sporty looks start upfront with expressive design; pointed LED headlights emphasising signature kidney grille, continuing across the bonnet with four elegant contour lines streaming through it.

The side profile delivers classic coupe looks while the sloping roof looks the business. The rear view is equally impressive, especially with the classic BMW L-shaped lights stretching all the way out to the boot edge, enhancing the wide low stance to create a powerful image.

The BMW 230i Coupe comes across every bit as sporty as it can get, yet maintains a balance of subtle and refined at the same time.

Slide into the premium interior with top-class workmanship and you notice everything is within easy reach. Front power-adjustable and heated Alcantara sport seats wrap occupants comfortably and provide good lumbar support.

Although the design is pretty much identical to the 1 Series hatch around since 2011, quality is a big step up from the outgoing 228i Coupe, with use of high-end materials and more solid construction.

A new 8.8-inch LCD colour screen display and BMW Professional radio with DVD player come with 3D map display and 20 GB memory, operated intuitively via the iDrive Touch Controller or touch screen.

Map updates are available for 3 years without license fees.

Instrumentation is clear and user friendly. Driving control offers choice of standard COMFORT mode, more efficient ECO PRO, and SPORT or SPORT + modes, for more dynamic driving.

ECO PRO adjusts transmission and heating/aircon settings for as fuel-efficient driving as possible.

The tailgate aperture is 38mm wider than that offered by the outgoing 228i Coupe, allowing for easy loading and unloading.

Along with the overall size of the car, the boot space has also swelled by 20 litres to 390 litres.

Drop the 40:60 split rear seats and the boot expands even further, renouncing the fact that small coupes are impractical.

The passenger cell includes a specialised system of beams to deliver maximum passive safety in the event of front, side and rear collisions.

If an unfortunate incident/accident arises the BMW call centre is automatically contacted for help – without use of mobile phone.

Our test 230i Coupe was definitely no slouch in the performance area; equipped with the well-known BMW Twin Power turbo engine reaching 185kw power and 350Nm torque.

The smooth engine coupled the responsive 8-speed Steptronic transmission does incredibly slick upshifts and swift kick-downs so you do not need to go gear hunting.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is deliciously smooth and wonderfully flexible.

Throttle responsiveness is particularly satisfying and so is the strong mid-range thrust, effortlessly keeping this little Coupe on the boil.

The car feels so nimble and sharp in its manoeuvres, the awe-inspiring Servotronic adaptive steering providing an excellent level of response and feedback.

It simply does not matter how hard you push or how rough the road surface gets, the test car is able to maintain its line while the well-tuned suspension simultaneously absorbs bumps and ruts.

bmw 2 series coupe rearPriced from $64,200 plus ORC, the 230i essentially sits alone in its segment. It is hard to find a two-door Coupe of this style and size in this price bracket.

It has the great looks, potent engine and engaging dynamics to deliver grin-inducing driving.

2018 BMW 230i M Sport – Pricing and Specs:

  • Price: $64,200 (plus on-road costs)
  • Engine: 2.0-litre 1,998cc four-cylinder turbo-petrol rear-wheel drive
  • Power: 185kW at 5,200rpm
  • Torque: 350Nm at 1,450 – 4,800rpm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Fuel: 5.9L/100km (ADR Combined)
  • Fuel tank: 52 litres
  • CO2: 134g/km (ADR Combined)
  • Safety Rating: Five-star ANCAP
  • Warranty: 3 years/unlimited

BMW 230i scheduled servicing cover for 5 years or 80,000km (whichever comes first) with BMW Service Inclusive package starting from $1,340 for the Basic package, or there is the more expensive Plus package, which adds brake pads and discs, clutch and windscreen wiper blades to the list.