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New for 2020, the BMW 2 Series GC looks to allure younger buyers and new people to the brand in the same way Mercedes lured over buyers with the CLA: the badge. It should work given that this is BMW. Here is the pricing/options.

There are 2 trims to choose from. BMW splits them into “Core” and M Sport. The Core model is the base 228i xDrive. I assume they call it core to avoid calling it base. This is the model that starts at $37,500. It comes powered by BMW’s 2.0 TwinPower Turbo I4 with 228 horses paired to an 8 speed auto with paddle shifters. That power gets routed through xDrive awd, the only available drive option. Impressively it also comes standard with launch control. They claim a 0-60 time of 6 seconds and 33 MPG and I believe it.

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Illustration for article titled The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe starts at $37,500

There are 2 designs to choose from. BMW further splits its car models into designs. So you choose between core and M-Sport models, and then from there you choose Sport line and M-Sport design trims. The Sport line is standard and comes with:

  • Rear view camera
  • Park distance control
  • Active driving assistant
  • Anthracite headliner

Choose M Sport however, and it adds on $4k to the price. It includes:

  • Rear View Camera
  • Park Distance Control
  • Active Driving Assistant
  • M Sport Steering
  • M sport suspension
  • M steering wheel
  • Aerodynamic kit
  • Rear spoiler
  • Shadowline exterior trim

I choose the M Sport design. There are 10 different exterior color choices; 2 non metallic and 8 metallic. All the metallic colors are $550 save for one. Called Storm Gray Metallic its a $1,200 option. 2 of the colors (Mineral White & Seaside Blue Metallic, itself almost an M3 like Blue) cant be had with the M Sport design. The same can be said for the standard non metallic Black color. You cant get it with the M Sport trim. They pretty much force you into getting the $500 Black Sapphire Metallic color.

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Illustration for article titled The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe starts at $37,500

There are 7 wheel options spread across 3 17” options, 3 18” options and one 19” option. And in typical BMW fashion, all are run flat tires. Not a single 17” option can be had with the M Sport trim along with one of the 18” wheels ( a multi spoke bi color wheel with all season run flats for $600) leaving you only being able to choose, if you get the M Sport design trim, between the 2 remaining 18” options and the one 19” option. I choose the 19” option. An M design, they ride on performance tires and are double spoke bi color wheels.

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Illustration for article titled The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe starts at $37,500

Inside, the 2 GC is handsomely styled, with sport seats available either in standard non leather BMW Sensatec in 2 colors, or 5 Dakota leather choices, which are all $1,450. I choose Magma Red seats. Dash trims are split between 2 weirdly named trims.

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Illustration for article titled The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe starts at $37,500

You can choose between Illuminated Boston, which is just a silver textured trim on the dash, or Illuminated Berlin, which is the same texture but comes across as almost a faux carbon fiber on first glance. Both are no cost.

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Option packages are simplified. In a nod to try and appeal to younger buyers, BMW has bundled popular options together into 2 packages: Convenience &Premium. The Convenience package is already equipped on the 2 GC and comes with:

  • Comfort access keyless entry
  • Pano roof
  • SirusXM sat radio with 1 year subscription included
Along with the pano roof, the M235i comes with M sport seats.
Along with the pano roof, the M235i comes with M sport seats.
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The Premium package is more attractive as it comes with more features and customization. Again another nod to younger buyers. BMW says you can fine tune this pack to get the car with the features you want. For $3,050 it includes:

  • The ability to either add or delete the pano roof, shaving a grand off the price
  • Live cockpit pro which includes 2 10.5” display screens, iDrive 7.0, 2 USB ports and 20 GB of multimedia storage.
  • Full LED adaptive headlights
  • HUD Display
  • Keyless entry which includes foot activated trunk release
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Heated seats and wheel
  • 4 way power lumbar support

All in, you’re looking at a pricey small BMW. With the options I added, the 2 Series GC M Sport design rings in at $47,150. Its a little cheaper on the standard Sport trim due to a couple differences. For instance you can only choose between the 17” & 18” wheels You also cant choose any leather choices. Only Sensetec. Also the Convenience pack isn’t standard like it is on the M design. Its a $1700 option if you don’t choose it. And the Premium pack is $4750, a $1700 difference over the M design. But the good thing is you don’t need to select both as the Premium pack comes with the items from the Convenience pack plus more. All in the standard 2 GC Sport design is $42,850.

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Illustration for article titled The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe starts at $37,500

The next and final trim of the 2 Series GC is the M235i xDrive Gran Coupe. Starting at $45,500, it gets powered by a 2.0 TwinPower Turbo I4 with 301 horses routed to xDrive awd through an 8 speed sport tuned auto. It also comes with M tuned sport suspension and a Torsen LSD. BMW claims 32 mpg with a 4.7 second 0-60 time. Other standard features include:

  • M Sport Brakes
  • M Sport suspension
  • M steering wheel
  • Frontal Collision Warning w/ City Collision Mitigation
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Navigation System
  • Rear View Camera
  • Park Distance Control
  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility

The M235i is broken down into 2 designs. The standard M and a Shadowline. The Shadowline is $500 more and includes:

  • Extended Shadowline Trim
  • Mirror Caps in Black
  • M Performance - weight reduction with overboost
  • M Sport Brakes
  • M Sport suspension

I choose it since its only $500 more. Exterior colors are for the most part the same, except the M gets 7 standard colors (1 non metallic, 6 metallic) to the standard 2’s 10. Wheel options differ as well. The M gets 6 wheel options (3 18” and 3 19”) with either all season or performance run flat tires. 2 of the wheel options though cant be chosen with the Shadowline design.

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Interior options on the M differ in that you can only choose between the 6 Dakota leather choices. None of them are extra charge. I stuck with the Magma Red like before. The M also differs in trim. In addition to the Boston and Berlin trims, it gets an Illuminated Brooklyn trim which is pretty much a non textured silver trim. But availability on this is late as BMW states it won’t be available until April.

There are only 2 options for the M235. There’s a parking assistance pack for $200 that includes parking assistance, active park distance control and a rear view camera. But you cant just add this option alone. Adding this requires the addition of the $2650 Premium pack. Its pretty much a lightened version of the Premium package from the standard 2 GC. Weirdly, you can add this alone without the parking assistance pack.

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 All in, a M235i will set you back an eye watering $50k even.

The 2 GC looks appealing. Until you delve into the details. Its nothing more than a small 4 door based on a fwd architecture from Mini that’s for those who want the badge above all else. For the price of both, a better and more powerful driving experience can be had elsewhere. Not to mention the pricing of the M235i is insane when you can get a 330i xDrive M Design for pretty much the same amount of money if you don’t go crazy with the options. As I have to always point out, the existence of the Stinger/G70 in both 4 and 6 cylinder versions make the purchase of the 2 GC a fools errand as well. Sadly it will most likely attract a lot of fools for no other reason than for them to be able to say they drive a BMW.

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