With the arrival of the new BMW 218i petrol, comes a car that is designed to raise the bar for daily family driving, with an exciting, dynamic twist. Its sporty and active exterior combines practicality with agility, with extremely pleasing results. The 1.5 Litre three-cylinder petrol engine is turbocharged for added performance, and delivers around 134 horsepower to the front wheels. Unlike other models in BMW’s portfolio, the 2 series range is split between front-wheel driven on the people carrier tourer versions and rear wheel driven on the coupe and convertible, with corresponding responsiveness and smoothness.
The 2018 model 218i is available in three door Coupe, five door Active Tourer and Gran Tourer models, in SE, Sport or Luxury trim. The Coupe is particularly agile, accelerating from 0 to 60mph in around 8.8 seconds, with a top speed of up to 131 mph. The sound of the engine as it accelerates through the gears is satisfyingly sporty, although any excessive vibrations are damped by the modern steel roller-bearing balancer shaft, keeping the journey smooth and relaxing. The compact MPV version of the model, the Active Tourer 218i, has a slightly lower top speed of around 127 mph, but feels equally sporty from the driver’s seat.
The 2018 BMW 218i can be combined with a six speed manual transmission, providing an average fuel consumption of approximately 45mpg, and emissions of around 120g/km. Alternatively, the innovative eight speed Steptronic transmission can be incorporated in the 218i model, for a slightly higher price, with improved efficiency and lower running costs. The 218i Coupe in SE Spec is priced from around £22k.
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