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2020 BMW M240 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Fred Meier

Competes with: Mercedes-Benz CLA, Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan, Audi A3

Looks like: A stylish premium small sedan with a few more hints of the 2020 Kia Forte than of the 2020 CLA’s drama

Drivetrains: 228-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i xDrive) or 301-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four (M235i xDrive); eight-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: March 2020

BMW has rolled out a new entry-level sedan that will compete head-to-head with the redone 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan. The 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe, also a sedan with the Euro-trendy “four-door coupe” silhouette, slides into the BMW lineup below the 3 Series sedans and joins the 2 Series rear-wheel-drive coupe and convertible in name, though it is based on a BMW front-wheel drive platform like the X1 and X2 crossovers. The new model will be displayed in November at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale here in March.

Related: 2019 BMW 330i Review: Now More Machine Than Man

There will be two versions at launch in the U.S., both with turbocharged four-cylinder power and standard all-wheel drive: the entry 228i xDrive and higher-performance M235i xDrive. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Exterior

Some recent BMW designs have generated controversy, and this one might, too. While clearly aimed to rival the new Mercedes-Benz CLA, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is less dramatic and more mainstream in design. It gets the latest big BMW kidney grille, frameless windows, stand...

Competes with: Mercedes-Benz CLA, Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan, Audi A3

Looks like: A stylish premium small sedan with a few more hints of the 2020 Kia Forte than of the 2020 CLA’s drama

Drivetrains: 228-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i xDrive) or 301-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four (M235i xDrive); eight-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: March 2020

BMW has rolled out a new entry-level sedan that will compete head-to-head with the redone 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan. The 2020 2 Series Gran Coupe, also a sedan with the Euro-trendy “four-door coupe” silhouette, slides into the BMW lineup below the 3 Series sedans and joins the 2 Series rear-wheel-drive coupe and convertible in name, though it is based on a BMW front-wheel drive platform like the X1 and X2 crossovers. The new model will be displayed in November at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale here in March.

Related: 2019 BMW 330i Review: Now More Machine Than Man

There will be two versions at launch in the U.S., both with turbocharged four-cylinder power and standard all-wheel drive: the entry 228i xDrive and higher-performance M235i xDrive. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Exterior

Some recent BMW designs have generated controversy, and this one might, too. While clearly aimed to rival the new Mercedes-Benz CLA, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is less dramatic and more mainstream in design. It gets the latest big BMW kidney grille, frameless windows, standard full LED headlights and daytime running lights. A panoramic moonroof is optional.

The M235i gets its own version of the grille and more aggressive bumpers. It also has a dark gray finish for the grille, front air inlet surrounds, lower side molding, mirror caps and trapezoidal (rather than the 228i’s round) exhaust tips.

Interior Design and Tech

Both models include sport front seats. The M235i gets standard leather upholstery, an M Sport steering wheel and other upgrades. Ambient lighting also is standard on the M235i.

BMW says the rear seat has legroom “almost equaling” the 3 Series, which means it’s not huge. Trunk space is 12 cubic feet and a 40/20/40-split, folding rear seatback is standard.

The center display is 8.8 inches and has BMW’s iDrive controller. The optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional includes a 10.25-inch center display and a 10.25-inch configurable instrument display; a 9.2-inch head-up display also is available. Navigation is standard. There are two USB ports in front (one of them USB-C) and two in the rear (both USB-C), and wireless charging is available — but Android Auto is not and Apple CarPlay is by subscription after a one-year free trial.

Two Flavors Under the Hood

The powertrains are familiar from the X2 models. The 228i xDrive features a 228-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 258 pounds-feet of torque. The M235i xDrive gets a 301-hp, turbocharged four putting out 332 pounds-feet of torque. Both use an eight-speed automatic and come with standard all-wheel drive. BMW says the torque-splitting AWD system includes a traction system that uses selective braking to limit wheel slip.

BMW says the 228i will run zero-to-60 mph in 6.0 seconds and is limited to top speeds of 130 mph with all-season tires and 151 mph with performance tires. The M235i cuts the zero-to-60 sprint to 4.7 seconds (4.6 with an optional performance package) and tops out at 155 mph with performance tires.

The M235i additions also include extra bracing, a limited-slip front differential, 18-inch wheels  (up from the standard 17-inch rims) and M Sport brakes, different steering tuning and a sportier suspension. An adaptive suspension is optional for both models, as are 19-inch wheels.

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Safety and Driver Assistance Tech

Blind spot detection and a low-speed front collision system with automatic braking are standard, as are blind spot and lane departure warning systems, lane keep assist and a rear cross-traffic alert system. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go is optional; the system uses navigation and other sensor data to limit gear changes and anticipate upcoming road conditions. Also optional is a parking assist system.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
(4.5)
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(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Love the car

by Jaclyn from Westfield on November 6, 2019

This car is great. It meets all my needs. Fun to drive. I can't wait to use it with the top down. It's just the right size, has very comfortable seats and is loaded with technology! Read full review

(5.0)

Sports Car End-to-End

by jjfox07 from Eatontown, NJ on August 21, 2019

Test drive this car and loved it from the minute I hit the ignition button. The engine has a great growl and the feel is that the car wants to be driven hard. The suspension and steering are superb ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 BMW M240 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 BMW M240 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 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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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 M240 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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