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compromised. The 220i provided one of the great drives of 2014. It is balanced, sharp in the steering and has power which enables it to accelerate quickly between corners, yet will brake and turn with uncanny ability. The 220i is a true driver’s car and rewards with its lithe and nimble nature. I can’t wait until other engine combinations arrive down under. Diesel power is a certainty, while the 240kW engine of the
a natural handling feel along with the steering that is weighted for perfect feel in regards to what the tyres are doing in relation to the road surface. It also has steering which makes the car feel like it is riding on velvet, every nuance of the road surface is cushioned but delivered back to the driver so that he or she understands the handling characteristics. BMW is strong on safety and the electronic devices, which control traction, are there so that the rear end stays stable under power. However, the chassis is so advanced that the car doesn’t rely on the safety devices; it can be driven hard yet grip is rarely challenged. The low profile Bridgestone Potenza tyres (225/40 x 18in and 245/35 x 18in) have a solid tenure with the road and, what’s more, they are quiet and have a lot of absorption through the sidewall so that ride comfort isn’t
M-Sport model would be a powerhouse of true proportions. And not forgetting the 220i has the glitz to go with the glamour, it has all the major specification ingredients such as satellite navigation and stop-start fuel saving technology, along with an option list which spans several A4 sheets of paper. The test car was fitted with a $4000 M-Sport option which adds gloss to an already well polished car. The 220i is certainly another car for the Lotto win wish list.
Price: BMW 220i Coupe - $71,700 Dimensions: Length 4432mm; width 1774mm; height 1418mm Configuration: Four-cylinder longitudinal, rearwheel-drive, 1997cc, 135kW, 270Nm, eight-speed automatic Performance: 0-100km/h, 7sec