Externally, there’s plenty to really like about the compact proportions and crouching stance of the M235i xDrive that carries on the European really like of sedans masquerading as coupes.
The strategy labored so properly with the Mercedes-Benz CLS from 2004 that rivals adopted the fashion with this kind of fervour that it has just about taken on its have class, evolving as rampantly as a Cavoodle litter in a Substantial Road pet shop.
BMW helps make its model less than the upmarket Gran Coupe label, spreading the really like to variations in the 2 Series, 4 Series and eight Series.
But the 2 Series Gran Coupe – of which there are 4 iterations priced from $forty nine,990 (plus fees) by means of to the M235i xDrive in this article at $72,990 plus on-road fees – isn’t all it seems.
It is not, principally, a “proper” 2 Series with rear-wheel push and it sits on a really unique system to the 2 Series coupe and convertible.
What this is, is a Mini which is acquired into BMW’s wardrobe and pinched a extravagant outfit.
Additional, the M235i is in all probability improved known for its 2014-2016 iteration with its stonking three.-litre turbo-petrol 6 and 240kW/450Nm of grunt. The automobile in this article has the similar title unique postal address.
Now ahead of there’s gnashing of enamel by the populace and preparations for a symbolic guillotining of the faux BMW, it has to be said that the format performs exceptionally properly and is not worthy of derision.
The M235i xDrive’s only criminal offense, however, is not the sporting of a BMW badge, but the software of the coveted M title. For however superior this is, it is not an M.