There’s a big difference between a BMW customer and a BMW fanatic. The latter will likely immediately discount the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe as a false Bimmer. Why is that? Well, unlike the 2 Series Coupe, the Gran Coupe is only available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot and an xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Worse still, it’s built on a front-wheel-drive platform. Before you even sit in the car, you know that it won’t handle like BMWs of old. Nevertheless, it’s a good alternative to the likes of the competition from Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi S3, particularly in M235i guise, where it produces up to 301 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. But is a competitive engine enough to convince the old guard that the new way isn’t so bad? Or was the AWD Bimmer built simply to provide another option to those not enamored by Merc and Audi? We drove an M235i Gran Coupe for five days to find out.
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