2021 BMW M235 Gran Coupe

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2021 BMW M235 Gran Coupe
2021 BMW M235 Gran Coupe

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Snug cabin still accommodates taller people
  • Excellent handling and balance (two-door)
  • Ride quality (Gran Coupe)
  • Display quality (Gran Coupe)
  • Decent trunk room (two-door)

The bad:

  • Small dashboard screen (two-door)
  • Numb steering (Gran Coupe)
  • Turbo lag (Gran Coupe)

1 trim

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Our 2021 BMW M235 Gran Coupe trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Four-seat coupe or convertible
  • Five-seat, four-door Gran Coupe body style
  • Choice of turbocharged engines
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Forward collision warning standard

2021 BMW M235 Gran Coupe review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 BMW 2 Series?

The BMW 2 Series is the brand’s entry-level car. It’s available as a four-seat coupe or convertible and a five-seat, four-door Gran Coupe. 

The coupe and convertible come in 230i and M240i form. The 230i is powered by a 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the M240i gets a 335-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. Both versions are offered with rear- or all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. 

The Gran Coupe is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 228 hp in the 228i and 301 hp in the M235i. The Gran Coupe has standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Audi TT and Mercedes-Benz A-Class

What’s New on the 2021 BMW 2 Series?

The coupe and convertible gain standard Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, while the Gran Coupe adds Android Auto and a digital instrument panel. 

What Features in the 2021 BMW 2 Series Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Push-button start
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Front and rear parking sensors

Available features include: 

  • Keyless access
  • Power moonroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wireless device charging
  • Harman Kardon stereo

Should I Buy the 2021 BMW 2 Series?

As BMW’s lineup expands and becomes more technologically complex, the 2 Series coupe and convertible offer the well-balanced, sporty driving experience upon which the brand built its reputation. The 2 Series also has a surprising amount of interior and trunk room for its size. The Gran Coupe, however, uses a front-wheel-drive platform, and the car’s driving experience doesn’t measure up to BMW standards.  

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

M235 Gran Coupe is setting the standard

I have only put 6k miles on it so far, but so far so good. This car does really well on roads except over potholes though. I really like this cars powertrain. I wish that BMW would pair it with a hybrid system on a X1 or a X2. That should give a better result than the BMW X3 hybrid that is too watered down to be a proper BMW. I believe that the powertrain in the M235 Gran Coupe is setting the standard of what a 2.0 turbo can do.

5.0

Great car with a bad, unjust reputation.

I have driven all the competitors, the Audi S3, Mercedes A class AMG, and this is BY FAR the best of the three. Extremely fast, good gas mileage, and unless you want to start drifting and driving on a circuit, this is the best of them all. The front wheel drive system can send up to 50% of power to the rear wheels. Under steering is easily countered with the throttle. Extremely well made - you will not feel the speed until you look at the speedometer. I would have liked to have the I-6 engine, but this I-4 has way more power than is needed. Fits 4-5 people in perfectly, and the high torque ensures fast change in acceleration even if the car is full. Very, EXTREMELY, responsive, agile and stable. And please get the Herman Larson sound system. It is amazing.

4.9

Certainly the Ultimate Driving Machine!

Not quite the two M3s I had, but pretty darn close! Great performance. Truly a sports car feel. Wonderful exterior and interior design. Love the Premium, M Performance, and Harmon Kardon audio packages.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Maintenance
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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