2017 BMW 230

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$33,150–$40,950 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2017 BMW 230. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • None of the prior 1 Series' awkward lines
  • Snug cabin still accommodates taller people
  • Excellent handling and balance
  • Decent trunk room

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Lack of expected standard features
  • Small dashboard screen (non-navigation models)

Notable Features of the 2017 BMW 230

  • New turbo four-cylinder (230i) and six-cylinder (M240i) engines
  • Coupe or convertible
  • Seats up to four
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

2017 BMW 230 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The BMW 2 Series is the company's entry-level car. It is a sporty two-door coupe or convertible with seating for four. It's available in two models: 230i and M240i. Competitors include the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.
New for 2017
The 2 Series gets new four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines and updated model names. The 230i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 248 horsepower while the M240i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder rated at 335 hp.
Significant Standard Features

  • Fog lights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • iDrive multimedia system with 6.5-inch screen
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Lane departure warning
  • Navigation system
  • Harman Kardon audio system
  • Self-parking system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Power moonroof
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The BMW 2 Series is the company's entry-level car. It is a sporty two-door coupe or convertible with seating for four. It's available in two models: 230i and M240i. Competitors include the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.
New for 2017
The 2 Series gets new four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines and updated model names. The 230i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 248 horsepower while the M240i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder rated at 335 hp.
Significant Standard Features

  • Fog lights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • iDrive multimedia system with 6.5-inch screen
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Lane departure warning
  • Navigation system
  • Harman Kardon audio system
  • Self-parking system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Power moonroof

Latest 2017 230 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Very nice

by Phantomlady from Fredericksburg, VA on July 7, 2018

Vroom vroom, what a beauty this car is!! Nice interior and runs like a champ. I'm in love with the body style and all of it's features. Just simply love it!! Read full review

(5.0)

BIMMERFILE

by SAILORMAN50 from WESTBROOK, CT on April 15, 2018

THE BMW 230IX IS GREAT FUN LITTLE RIDE, PADDLE SHIFTERS, STAGGERED 18" WHEELS AND THE TRACK PACKAGE MAKE THIS CAR A FUN CAR TO DRIVE. I WOULD RECOMMEND A TEST DRIVE. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 BMW 230 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 BMW 230 i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 230 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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