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.
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.
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.