BMW

BMW 2 SERIES CONVERTIBLE M240i 2dr [Nav] Step Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2197 g/km

This M240i replaces BMW's previous M235i porting model, a performance orientated coupe or convertible that now features a pokier yet more efficient six cylinder petrol engine. As before, this a cracker of a driver's car that packs a 340bhp punch, is available with a choice of transmissions, is priced keenly and looks the part too.

HEIR APPARENT

The BMW M240i is the sporting BMW coupe that flies under the radar and flies fast. Jonathan Crouch explains why.

Ten Second Review

This M240i replaces BMW's previous M235i porting model, a performance orientated coupe or convertible that now features a pokier yet more efficient six cylinder petrol engine. As before, this a cracker of a driver's car that packs a 340bhp punch, is available with a choice of transmissions, is priced keenly and looks the part too.

Background

Back in 1985, BMW launched a car called the M3. There was nothing else quite like it, a racer for the road with four seats and everything Munich knew about motorsport technology plumbed into the lightweight engine beneath the bonnet. Driving it was a living, raw, involving experience - in a way that today's sharp-suited M3 can't quite duplicate, for all its extra power and sophistication. But here perhaps, is a BMW that can, the M240i. Yes, you read that right: we're ecommending the M240i here as an M3 alternative, not its pokier, pricier brother, the 410bhp M2 Competition. Don't get us wrong, we love the M2, but it's £53,000 asking price is high. For £11,000 less, this M240i goes virtually as fast and is almost as much fun.

Driving Experience

As you may be aware, we're big fans of this model's BMW 1 Series counterpart, the M135i. And why wouldn't we be? It's hugely quick and entertaining, but BMW has gone one better with the M240i, though the 340bhp output of the improved six cylinder engine is the same. It's got a lower centre of gravity, the shock absorbers and springs are just those few degrees tauter. You'll feel the benefit when you get onto the sort of roller coaster of a back road that's all yumps, dips and successive rapid direction changes. It promises to be a better car for British roads, that's for sure. It's properly rapid too. Now only offered with eight speed automatic transmission, it'll get to 62mph in a mere 4.7 seconds. Slick as this paddleshift auto is, we miss not having the option of a manual stick shift. Press the Sport button and you'll immediately notice the steering weight up and the throttle response sharpen. Press the button once more and you'll find Sport+, which partially disengages the stability control and offers an even spikier throttle pedal. Expect to be mercilessly harassed by these cars on foreseeable UK track days.

Design and Build

It was only when BMW pumped up the 1 Series Coupe into the brawny 1M that it started to look anything but top heavy and gawky and the 2 Series addresses most of the aesthetic shortcomings of that old coupe. It's wider and longer, losing that top hat look of its predecessor, and the roofline has more sassiness to it as well. It's by no means as sleek as a 4 Series coupe but it's no ugly duckling. In fact the chassis is a modified and slightly shorter version of the 3 Series' underpinnings and it shares its bonnet, front wings and doors with the three-door 1-series. The front end features a broad kidney grille and more aggressive air intakes. Moving back, you'll find swept up side skirts, some surprisingly low-key 18-inch alloy wheels and some Audi-like silver door mirror caps. Inside, it's much as you'd expect, with improved build quality and more substantial plastics used throughout. BMW's much-improved iDrive system features a high definition 6.5 inch flat screen. Access to the rear and legroom once you're back there is a good deal better than the 1 Series Coupe and shoulder width has also been improved. The boot is a useful 390-litres.

Market and Model

BMW wants just over £41,000 for the M240i, which makes it one of the better performance car bargains if not quite the must-have proposition that the slightly more affordable previous M235i model represented. Still, what else could you buy for the money that even touches its range of talents? Audi has nothing. Mercedes will sell you the CLA 35 AMG which is a hard hitter but is more expensive. Where are the M240i's coupe rivals? Truth is there aren't any. While Mercedes and Audi have become obsessed with exploring ever smaller sub-niches, they've both dropped the ball here. Just about the most plausible competitor would be a Toyota GT86 that you'd spent a few grand getting Litchfield to bolt a supercharger to, but even that would never feel as good an ownership proposition as the BMW. How inclined would you be to spend another £5,000 to buy a less powerful Porsche Cayman? Equipment runs to a Nevada leather interior, both AUX-in and USB fitments to a stereo that can play MP3s from CD, a multifunction steering wheel with a speed limiter mode, air conditioning, door sill finishers with M240i designation, a short-shift gear lever and a whole host of safety kit including DSC+ stability control, xenon headlights, a tyre pressure warning system and dynamic brake lights. That smooth ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox is offered as an option.

Cost of Ownership

Some magazines have compared the M240i to the old E46 M3 and it's easy to see why. They're coupes of much the same size, both feature straight six engines and power outputs healthily over 300bhp. But should you want to see how far we've progressed in a decade, consider the fact that the M3 would get emissions of 287g/km and return a fuel economy figure of 23.7mpg. Compare and contrast the M240i's WLTP numbers which are 197g/km and 32.5mpg in auto form. You might also want to bear in mind that the M3 is slower, is down a stack of torque and cost over £41,000 ten years ago. As lovely as that car was, it's clear that BMW's march of progress is wholly unsentimental. EfficientDynamics, BMW's suite of energy-saving features, is responsible for making those vaguely implausible looking figures. The M240i is fitted as standard with an Auto Start-Stop function available on both manual and automatic transmissions. An ECO PRO mode, activated using the Drive Performance Control, is a new feature on BMWs that adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. When in ECO PRO mode, the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

We don't think this is too bold a prediction, but the BMW M240i has continued on where the old M235i variant left off as one of the most well-regarded BMW sporting models of recent times. Put simply, it barely puts a foot wrong. The price is right, it's crushingly quick, supremely efficient and it looks.. Well, it's good-looking enough that you won't need to make apologies for it when it's standing on your driveway. Most importantly, BMW has managed to combine these talents and pitch the car right into a sweet spot in the market where its key rivals from Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Lexus and Jaguar will all simply look at each other and wonder how that just happened. If you felt that the BMW M3, and latterly the M4, had become just too powerful and expensive to be of any real relevance, you're going to adore the M240i. If you gave any BMW fan a wish list and asked them to build the perfect car given the company's current resources, it might not be too far off this one. Maybe a few grand cheaper, but you can't have everything. Even as it stands, this is a performance coupe bargain. Hats off to Munich.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • 2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
  • Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap all round
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Braking readiness
  • Active differential brake (ADB), electronic differential lock in DSC-OFF mode
  • Dynamic stability control plus
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • M Sport braking system
  • Brake drying
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Ventilated front disc brakes
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist

  • Velour front floor mats

  • Apple CarPlay preparation

  • BMW remote services
  • Speed limiter
  • Variable Sport steering with M240i specific characteristics

  • Auto start-stop

  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Outside temperature display
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • BMW Online services
  • Service interval indicator
  • On board computer

  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Black mirror caps
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side

  • VALVETRONIC engine management
  • High precision direct injection
  • Double VANOS
  • Engine cover with BMW roundel twin power turbo designation
  • Oil dipstick
  • Battery age recognition function

  • DAB Digital radio
  • BMW professional radio/CD/MP3

  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Dual dark chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • High gloss shadow line
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Front air inlet with high gloss black finish
  • M aerodynamic body styling with airblades in Cerium grey
  • High gloss black kidney grille surrounds with eight extra wide high gloss black vertical slats
  • Door sill finishers with M240i designation
  • M logo designation in unique dark chrome on left and right front wings
  • Rear mounted aerial on rear shoulder

  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Darkened rear lights with LED light bars
  • High level third brake light
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Dynamic brake lights

  • Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning

  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Gearshift lever with M designation
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
  • Front cupholders x 2 with inlay mat
  • Manual steering wheel column adjustment
  • Glove box handle with chrome surround and locking key
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Conditioned based service
  • 2 lashing eyes in luggage compartment at sill
  • 12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell
  • Front sliding armrest
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Glovebox with lid
  • Front door storage bins
  • Leather gearknob and handbrake lever
  • Dakota leather upholstery

  • Welcome lighting
  • Interior light in front centre interior mirrors and rear centre auto interior light activation when door is opened when ignition switched off

  • Central locking switches door, fuel filler flap and luggage compartment
  • Extended lighting pack - 2 Series

  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for the two outer rear seats
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • Seatbelt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiter, rear coaded belt buckles
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Twin horns
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • 2 rear 3 point safety belts
  • Front side airbags
  • Side impact protection

  • Rear head restraints
  • Front head restraints
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating

  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Blue remote control with integrated key inset
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts

  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • Noise Level dB(A): 72
  • CO: 0.307
  • HC: 0.047
  • NOx: 0.017
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0004
  • CO2 (g/km): 172
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 292
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 197
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 167
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 186
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 197
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 292
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 294
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 197
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 199
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 167
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 186
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 189
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 199
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 197

  • Engine Code: B58B30M0
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 2998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 28.8
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 44.8
  • EC Combined (mpg): 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 22.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 22.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 21.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 32.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 12.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 12.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 12.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M240 Nav
  • Coin Description: i
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 340
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 42E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 340
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.7
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 250
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 369
  • Engine Torque - NM: 500
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1550
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 51

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/35 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 719M
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 1984
  • Height: 1403
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4454
  • Width: 1774
  • Wheelbase: 2690

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1635
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2060
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 335
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 425
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

  • M sport suspension: Included
  • Adaptive M Sports suspension including drive performance contol with ECP PRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport+: £515
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort, sport and sport + modes: Included

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging and Wi-Fi hotspot prepration + 2 x USB: £0
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface + audio streaming: Included

  • Rear parking distance control: Included
  • Cruise control with brake function: £400
  • Front/rear Parking distance control: £0
  • Reversing assist camera: £0
  • Active cruise control with stop and go function: £790
  • Park assist gap measurement and steering assist: £0

  • Navigation system - BMW Professional multimedia: £0
  • Wifi hotspot preparation: £0
  • Speed limit info: £200

  • High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish includes instrument panel, door pull handle and centre console: £0
  • Aluminium hexagon interior trim with black high gloss matt finish includes instrument panel, door pull handle and centre console: Included

  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system includes 360W amplifier + 12 speakers: £600
  • 6 speakers: Included

  • Wind deflector: £260
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £560

  • LED Headlights: Included
  • High beam assistant: £0
  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: £0

  • Soft top - Anthracite: £0

  • Steering wheel heating: £160
  • Through load system with foldable backrest + 2 folding lashing eyes in luggage compartment: £175
  • Full black panel display with M240i specific badging: Included

  • Extended storage pack with Compartment in instrument panel - 2 Series: Included
  • M240i pro pack - 2 Series Convertible: £1,050
  • Technology pack I - 2 Series: £900
  • Technology pack II - 2 Series: £1,100
  • Extended storage pack - 2 Series: £0
  • Comfort pack II - 2 Series: £900
  • Driving assistant pack - 2 Series: £390
  • BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series: Included

  • Metallic - Long beach blue: £560
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £560
  • Metallic - Estoril Blue: £560
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £560

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support: £195
  • Front sports seats manual seat height, backrest, tilt and headrestrain height adjustable + electric adjustable for backrest side bolster: Included
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory: £0

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Dakota leather - Black with exclusive stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Oyster/dark Oyster: £0

  • Run flat tyres: £0

  • 18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 719M in Jet Black: £0
  • 18" M light alloy wheels - Double spoke style 719M in Cerium grey with non run flat high grip tyres: Included

  • BMW mobility system: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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