BMW M240i review

Category: Performance car

Section: Performance & drive

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  • BMW M240i 2022 front cornering
  • BMW M240i 2022 rear cornering
  • BMW M240i 2022 interior dashboard
  • BMW M240i 2022 interior rear seats
  • BMW M240i 2022 interior infotainment
  • BMW M240i 2022 front cornering
  • BMW M240i 2022 rear cornering
  • BMW M240i 2022 rear tracking
  • BMW M240i 2022 left static boot open
  • BMW M240i 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • BMW M240i 2022 rear lights detail
  • BMW M240i 2022 badge detail
  • BMW M240i 2022 interior front seats
  • BMW M240i 2022 interior steering wheel detail
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The BMW M240i borrows its 368bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine from the M440i. Officially, it can do 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds – but in our tests it managed 0-60mph in a staggering 3.9 seconds. That’s only fractionally slower than the far more expensive Audi RS3.

The M240i sounds great, too: the bassy woofle at low revs becomes a soulful howl as you let the revs build towards 7000rpm. Just before you get there, you’ll need the next gear. It will be selected for you automatically if you leave the gearbox in its default setting, but in Manual mode, you can take control using paddles behind the steering wheel. 

The M240i's brakes aren't perfect, either. There’s a small ‘dead zone' at the top of the pedal travel, before the pads grab the discs quite sharply as you push your foot closer to the floor. Stopping power is very impressive, though.

We’ve tested the M240i with optional adaptive suspension fitted, and in its Comfort setting, you’re isolated very well from bumps in the road, especially by performance car standards. In this form, it's more comfortable than the entry-level 220i, which isn’t available with adaptive suspension.

Unlike in some quick cars, you won’t need ear defenders for a long motorway journey. Indeed, if you switch the sports exhaust to the quietest setting, the M240i is barely any less agreeable than a regular 2 Series Coupé.

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