The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe range is growing in Australia.

    The front-wheel drive, four-door coupe goes head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan. The 220i slots above the base 218i, and subs its three-cylinder petrol engine for a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit making 141kW and 280Nm.

    Power is put to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    It’s good for a 7.2-second sprint to 100km/h, making the 220i a full 1.5 seconds faster to 100km/h than the 218i.

    The range is still topped by the M235i Gran Coupe, which has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 225kW and 450Nm, and all-wheel drive.

    Equipment matches that of the base 218i, which means the car rides on 18-inch alloy wheels, and wears the M Sport exterior package as standard.

    The cabin is home to sport seats trimmed in cloth and faux leather, and packs the latest BMW OS7.0 infotainment system with two 10.25-inch displays.

    Forward and reverse autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and speed limit information are included as part of the Driving Assistant package.

    Wireless Apple CarPlay will be standard as well, as part of the Connected Package Professional.

    BMW has sold 415 examples of the 2 Series Gran Coupe to date in 2020, compared to 959 examples of the 1 Series hatchback.

    The Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatch and sedan currently dominate the small car over $40,000 segment, with a combined 2441 sales to date in 2020.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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