The BMW 2-Series Is The Most Appealing BMW In A Long Time

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We spend a considerable amount of Internet ink around here complaining that modern day BMWs are too heavy and not as enthusiast-oriented as they used to be. I'm going to offer some praise instead: I'm very excited about the M235i and 228i.

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In fact, I think that it's the most appealing vehicle for us that BMW has made since... well, since the 1-Series. I'll take it as a sign that BMW still does care about its enthusiast base and hasn't forgotten that small coupes like the "New Class" 2002 basically shaped them into the company they are today.

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For starters, I'm a fan of the way it looks. Yes, it's a few inches longer and wider than the 1-Series (yet it's also about 200 pounds lighter), but it loses that car's too-tall roofline and somewhat awkward shape. Newer BMWs have been hit-or-miss in the styling department for me, although I do like the newest 3-Series, 4-Series and 6-Series Gran Coupe; this is the best looking one in a while.

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Next, it's priced pretty well. As 2Addicts reported last night, the 228i with the 240 horsepower, 258 pound-feet 2.0-liter turbo four starts at $33,025. With a zero to 60 mph time of 5.4 seconds with the automatic, it is now as powerful and a bit quicker than the American-spec E36 M3. And that was a great car – don't let any Euro snobs tell you otherwise.

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As for the M235i, it has a 3.0-liter turbo inline six with 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, enough to scoot to zero to 60 in about 5 seconds. Base price on that one is $44,025, which again, isn't bad.

And yes, they both come with manual gearboxes.

Honestly, I'm more excited about the 228i. That's a pretty decent amount of performance for a good price. If you get it with the stick, don't go too crazy on the options you have a stylish, quick, fun to drive BMW coupe that won't break your bank too hard. We'd love to do a ZPS+ZMT Jalopnik edition 2-Series with the 228i, or even a 220i if they offer it.

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I look forward to driving one in the next few months. In the meantime, I'll take it as evidence that the Bavarians haven't forgotten about people like us.

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victorioussecret
Victorious Secret

Call me crazy, but this is the kind of interior I prefer.

I do like me a beefy set of cloth/fake mouse fiber seats.

This actually might have jumped right to the top of the "I'm done college and have a job, time to YOLO my bank account a little" list.