BMW 220i Msport

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    I dropped my F30 330d off at the main dealer for the EGR Cooler recall this morning, and was given a virtually new 220i Msport loan car with just 600 miles on the clock. I must admit that I'm not a big fan of 2 door coupes, with restricted access to the rear and those barn doors, that entails becoming a contortionist in tight parking spaces. The car did look nice from the outside, with the 'Gangsta' option of black everything - Shiny black metallic paint, black diamond cut 18" wheels and black grills. But the interior was less impressive with shiny black plastic inserts on the door handles and dash. Plus this particular car was lacking essential extras - No front PDC, limited instrumentation (no temp gauge), no reversing camera and not even cruise control. So a bit limited.

    Driving the 220i showed it to be a smooth and relatively quiet experience with the seamless auto ZF 8 speed. I didn't get much of a chance to test the performance, due to fairly congested roads, and the wife in the passenger seat. But on the few occasions that I did get chance to put my foot down, I was somewhat underwhelmed - it was lacking 'get up and go' even in Sport mode. ECO Pro could only be described as 'Asthmatic' and totally pointless. Maybe it was the fact that everything was still tight with only 600 miles on the clock? If I went down this route, it would have to be a M240i with the 6 cylinder engine.

    I'm not too sure what it would be like for long journeys - the seats did not feel anything like as comfortable as the Sports seats in my F30. They seemed to lack any lumbar support and the point of contact was higher up the back. So I think that fatigue would set in before many miles were clocked up.

    So in conclusion, the 220i performance did not match its sleek looks. Not a car that I would consider buying. No doubt if it had been the M240i, I would be singing a whole different tune. :)
     
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    I know the feeling... it certainly makes you appreciate your own car after driving a courtesy car. Worst one i had was a 2 Series Active Tourer, dreadful in both appearance and driving experience
     
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    Surprisingly low spec given it is supposed to be an MSport model.
    I know what you mean about the 2.0 unit. Had the same engine in my F30 a few years ago, didn’t really entertain nor did it give good economy. I’d come from a 325i with the lovely N53 three litre straight six, so the comparison was not good.
    Only kept that car for 6 or seven months, never bonded with it. Looked good and had loads of kit though.
     
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    It would be interesting to compare it with the 220d. I suspect that would be much better mid range, but possibly not as quiet?
     
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    The worst car I have ever driven. Awful and boy did I let the service department know what a piece of rubbish it was!!
     
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    Shares the same underpinnings as the Mini Countryman I believe.
     
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    I had an 'F46 220dx Luxury Gran Tourer B47 2.0d' as a courtesy car when my G30 was in for its paint repair last month. Looked awful but not quite as bad to drive as the hybrid one that I had 12 months ago, the previous time that mine was in for paint repair. If I had wanted to carry 6 passengers it would have been useful though! Unfortunately, I had it for two weeks because I made them redo mine to get the colour to match. Their first attempt was hopeless.
     
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    I had a 218I M sport Active Tourer for 10 months it was only a 1.5ltr but could fairly go , the cabin space was much better than the 3 series , bigger boot and sat higher up so easy to get in and out of , I bought it from a main dealer with 8k on did 10k miles and px it back to another dealer for the same money .While they dont set your world on fire they are there for a reason as a great family wagon .
    We also have a Gran tourer 220d M sport X drive ,190 bhp 400 nm , 0-60 7.6 seconds , 135 mph top speed , again it is a great family vehicle , 7 seats when needed , large boot big enough for a XL dog cage , park assist , pano roof , heated seats , dual climate , nav , etc . It gives plenty of people a shock as it flies past them as the wife drives it like she stole it .
    It has plenty of mid range grunt and returns 45 mpg .
    Too all those knocking the cars , look at what they were designed for ! , running one for 10 months and 10k miles and no depreciation I bet you wish your car could do that ?
     
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    No depreciation? Really? I very much doubt that. :whistle:

    BTW I'm not purposely knocking the 220i. Just giving my personal opinion. YMMV of course.
     
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    Yes really, I bought it at a good price in the first place from Berry BMW Heathrow.
    I don't really like being doubted but if you want to see purchase price and trade in price I have receipts?
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    Well done, for that. I hold my hands up to your negotiating skills.
     
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    They had advertised it and put the wrong price on, most dealers would not have honoured the deal but I had asked if it was the right price before purchasing and booking the train.
    The point I was trying to make was under the right conditions eg family car, lots of space and quite a few standard items that are normally extras on other makes it is a great car. The 3 series is a far better drivers car especially with the 3.0 ltr engine and rear wheel drive although a touring has less space in the back, seats don't move or recline and boot space is smaller.
    My X5 is on another level again for space and comfort !
     
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