Externally, there is heaps to really like about the compact proportions and crouching stance of the M235i xDrive that proceeds the European really like of sedans masquerading as coupes.


The thought worked so well with the Mercedes-Benz CLS from 2004 that rivals adopted the type with these fervour that it has almost taken on its personal group, evolving as rampantly as a Cavoodle litter in a High Road pet store.


BMW helps make its edition less than the upmarket Gran Coupe label, spreading the really like to versions in the two Series, 4 Series and eight Series.


But the two Series Gran Coupe – of which there are four iterations priced from $forty nine,990 (additionally expenditures) via to the M235i xDrive listed here at $seventy two,990 additionally on-road expenditures – is not all it looks. 


It is not, generally, a “proper” two Series with rear-wheel travel and it sits on a extremely unique system to the two Series coupe and convertible.


What this is, is a Mini that’s obtained into BMW’s wardrobe and pinched a fancy outfit.


Even more, the M235i is in all probability superior acknowledged for its 2014-2016 iteration with its stonking 3.-litre turbo-petrol six and 240kW/450Nm of grunt. The car or truck listed here has the very same title unique postal deal with.


Now just before there is gnashing of teeth by the populace and preparations for a symbolic guillotining of the fake BMW, it has to be claimed that the structure performs exceptionally well and is not deserving of derision.


The M235i xDrive’s only criminal offense, having said that, is not the donning of a BMW badge, but the software of the coveted M title. For having said that very good this is, it is not an M.

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