OUR REVIEW: The BMW 220d is filled with fun and low on fuel

In 2006, BMW decided to introduce a downsized 1 series following the great success of the 3 series to bring back the lighter and smoother feel to the drive similar to the earlier BMWs and obviously a more affordable price.

After the previous-generation BMW 1 Series Coupé sold 150 000 units globally, the second-generation car was launched the Coupé and Cabriolet derivatives were renamed the 2 Series.

The BMW 220d produces the same power as its petrol counterpart albeit with 400Nm of torque, and something of major surprise to us was how fantastic the vehicle’s fuel consumption for the amount of power it gave.

Thanks to the upgrade in late 2017, the 220d boasts new bi-LED headlights as well as a larger grille, revised outer air intakes, and new LED taillights.

The upgrade also brings three new exterior paint options namely Mediterranean Blue, Seaside Blue and Sunset Orange and boasts new and improved alloy wheel designs, available in both 17 and 18 inches.

Taking a look at the dashboard, BMW has slightly changed the air vents and other parts of the dash which gives the driving feel a much better feel. The design stitching of the wheel was also an incredible move by BMW. The high-gloss black surfaces and chrome details contribute to a more elegant feel for sure.

BMW does offer new cloth and leather upholstery options as well as interior trim strips in aluminium, fine wood or high-gloss black panels with chrome accents as optional extras when purchasing the vehicle.

The car also offers electrically adjustable front seats which does not come stock standard with the vehicle and will cost you an extra R11 200 – totally worth it if you are going to have a number of drivers driving the vehicle.

The seating in the 220d was extremely comfortable, something that BMW has always perfected with each and every model. With a vehicle that produces a great amount of power, you need comfortable seating and the BMW 220d has just that.

The 220d also features an incredibly looking and elegant 22.3cm display infotainment system and also as per BMW standard comes a iDrive Touch controller and the standard Business navigation. But, an additional and totally worth it R13 900 gets you touch-screen functionality.

Our review car was fitted with the wireless charging tray for smartphones which removes the worry of having to always bring your charging cable on your trip. This is an optional extra which comes at a cost of R2300.

The 2 Series comes in three generations which are the standard Sport Line or the optional Luxury Line and M Sport. For the M Sport package, you are looking at R21 200 and an additional R13 300 for the 18 inch Jet Black mags.

The two-door is obviously not a first choice when it comes to picking a family car, it however can comfortably seat two adults and two passengers if you’re lucky enough to have a charitable driver and passenger who are willing to move their seats forward.

The engine in the 220i and 230i turbopetrol fours remains the same and the 250kW/500Nm three-litre turbopetrol straight-six M240i. The 220d however is the diesel derivative.

While it may not seem that sporty, the 220d makes it off the line in just seven seconds according to BMW’s figures but really delivers a fair amount of power during the drive.

It is definitely powerful enough to bring out the fun in you thanks to that lightweight rear-wheel drive chassis, five-link rear suspension, and 50:50 weight distribution.

For those looking to cut costs and skip the eight-speed Steptronic auto treat, you can opt for the six-speed manual version which costs around R20 000 less.

In conclusion, we can definitely say the 220d takes preference over its Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA competitors despite it being only two doors and really offers a great driving experience compared to its competitors.

Although our test ride didn’t come close to BMW’s said 4.1 litres per 100km, it still had a respectful intake of 5.8 litres in real-world driving.

Full BMW 220d Coupé AT Specs

Engine: 2.0-litre, turbodiesel
Gearbox: 8-speed automatic
Power: 140kW @ 4000rpm
Torque: 400Nm @ 1750-2500rpm
0-100km/h (claimed): 7.0 seconds
Top speed (claimed): 230km/h
Fuel consumption (Tested, Gauteng) 5.8 litres per 100km
Price: R556 600
Warranty: 2-year/unlimited km
Maintenance plan: 5-year/100 000km

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