2020 BMW M240i

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2020 BMW M240i Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Swapnil Kulshrestha Content Writer Updated on: November 26, 2019


The Germans always stun as with the cutting-edge tech they induce in the vehicles manufactured by them. Such is the case with the BMW M240i Coupe. The 2020 BMW M240i coupe is one hell of a potent machine that can set those tracks ablaze with its fire-spitting 3.0L i6, producing 335 hp. Wrap that power in a bundle with great driving dynamics, nimble handling, and an engaging drive, and what you get is an M240i. 

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Pros

Aggressive power output

Strong fuel economy

Sporty and agile handling

Premium interior with lots of features

Cons

Competitors offering better boot space

Limited rear seat

What's New?

The BMW M240i receives minor cosmetic updates for the year 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45800

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

369 lbs.-ft. @ 1520 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

59.9/61.3

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

175.9 in.

width

69.8 in.

height

55.4 in.

curb weight

3519 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

13.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

785 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 BMW M240i 3 Quarter View  2020 BMW M240i 3 Quarter View  2020 BMW M240i Rear View  2020 BMW M240i Front View  2020 BMW M240i Right Side View
Interior
 2020 BMW M240i interior  2020 BMW M240i Cockpit Area  2020 BMW M240i Front Seats  2020 BMW M240i Center Console  2020 BMW M240i Rear Seats

Styles

 2020 BMW M240i in Alpine White color  2020 BMW M240i in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2020 BMW M240i in Blue Metallic color  2020 BMW M240i in Long Beach Blue Metallic color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.5

Engine

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.2

Interior

5.5

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.5

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 BMW M240i Base

Base

power
335hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$45,800 - $47,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $45,800 MSRP (22/26/30) 335hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, inline 6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4
xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $47,800 MSRP (22/26/30) 335hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, inline 6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

6.5

Overall Rating


The BMW M240i carries a compact structure, that lets you punch those corners with full force, as well as park this baby shark in tight parking spots. While the BMW M240i may not be carrying the looks of an ultimate track bully, but do not let those humble lines and curves fool you. It’s every bit menacing.

Starting at a price of $45,800, the BMW M240i runs against some big-time premium ferries such as the Audi A5, the Mercedes CLA 300, and the Jaguar XE. Now the question remains, can this German pocket rocket compete against some all-time vehicles of the segment? Let’s find out...

2020 BMW M240i Coupe Front View
2020 BMW M240i Coupe Front View
2020 BMW M240i Coupe Rear View
2020 BMW M240i Coupe Rear View

6.5/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine

 

5.2/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.5/10
Interior

 

7.5/10
Exterior

 

7.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 BMW M240i Features

6.5/10

The BMW M240i Coupe reaches the pedestals in one and only trim. Prices for the M240i start at $45,800. The lineup is offered in two drivetrains where one is the standard RWD while the xDrive which is an AWD configuration that requires automatic transmission. The standard RWD comes at a price of $45,800, whereas the xDrive AWD drains out $2000 more from your pockets.

Model

BMW M240i

MSRP RWD

$45,800

MSRP AWD (xDrive)

$47,800

Key Features

335 hp, 369 lb.-ft. Of torque

 

Daytime Running Lights

 

Aerodynamic Kit

 

Stability Control

 

Traction Control

 

Cruise Control

 

Harman/Kardon Premium Sound

We recommend:

The Beamer, in this case, does not give the option of being choosy to its buyers. The M240i is the company’s sole offering here. However, this offering compiles some of the best features in its standard equipment list. Though you get an option to choose between an RWD and an AWD, and we’d recommend you to go for the RWD, since it provides you with a more engaging drive. Another major reason to go for the RWD is that it comes as a complete savings bundle since it is less costly to procure and maintain while its greater MPG figures reduce your fuel pump spins.

2020 BMW M240i Engine

7.0/10

The BMW M240i may be perceived as a toothless tiger, eyeing its compact size, and humble body design; but this is where such perceptions can prove fatal. Behind those legendary Beemer kidney grilles, rests a fire-spitting 3.0L turbocharged 6-cylinder engine, which is potent enough to churn out a buzzard 335 hp, along with 369 lb.-ft. Of torque.

2020 BMW M240i Engine
2020 BMW M240i Coupe 3.0L i6 Engine

The M240i is an ideal city car that can cruise-easy around the town with supreme ease. However, when the aficionado within you demands a feast, the 240i’s 3.0L cannon is always on call. The engine responds rapidly to the slightest of the throttle tap, with the slightest hint of turbo lag. 

The 8-speed automatic transmission acts as a perfect acquaintance to this powerhouse, providing effortless, and brisk up, and braced downshifts. The 240i feels refined throughout the RPM range and sounds simple hypnotic at the top of it. Manual transmission on offer earns the final brownie points. 

Models

BMW M240i

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

Mercedes C300 4 Matic

Jaguar XE

MSRP

$45,800

$44,200

$43,400

$46,235

Engine

3.0L i6

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

7-Speed Automatic S Tronic Dual-Clutch

9G-TRONIC 9-Speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

Horsepower

335 hp@ 5500rpm

252 hp@ 5000rpm

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

247 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

369 ft-lbs. @ 1520 rpm

273 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm

273 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm

269 ft-lbs. @ 1300 rpm

The BMW 240i is the heavyweight champion of this league here. The ride generates a whopping 335 hp, along with 369 ft.-lbs. Of torque, leading the segment by a big-big margin. The M240i also hosts the biggest engine in here with a 3.0L 6 cylinder, while all the other contenders get a 2.0L 4 cylinder. 

How fast is the BMW M240i?

The BMW 240i is one hell of a rager and loves to flash its taillights to all its competitors. The 3.0L i6, escorted by the turbocharger, gives a taste of dust to all other rides of this segment. Be it highway gliding, or city cruising, the eight-speed automatic transmission does a tremendous job in inflicting the M240i eye-popping acceleration capabilities. The BMW M240i zips from 0-60 MPH in just 4.4 seconds while covering the quarter-mile distance in just 12.7 seconds.

2020 BMW M240i Coupe
The BMW M240i zips from 0-60 MPH in just 4.4 seconds

Model

BMW M240i

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

Mercedes C300 4 Matic

Jaguar XE

0-60 MPH

4.4 secs

5.7 secs

5.5 secs

6.3 secs

Quarter Mile

12.7 secs

14.0 secs

14.1 secs

15.0 secs

Engine

3.0L i6

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0 L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded 

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 cylinder engine

The BMW M240i is the fastest car in the segment, with the 3.0L i6 catapulting the ride from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. Mercedes C300 4 Matic ranks second, taking 5.5 seconds to attain the speed of 60 mph, followed up closely by the A5. The Jaguar XE makes a gasping chase with 6.3 seconds under its belt. 

What about the braking performance of the BMW M240i?

The M240i exhibits its aura in the braking performance too. The M240i incorporates M tuned braking that takes a splendidly quick 103ft. to grind to a halt from 60 mph. Its brake feel is formed and remains steady. The ride remains composed and collected under hard braking situations as well, and there is not the slightest hint of any nosedive. 

2020 BMW M240i Coupe Front View
The M240i incorporates M tuned braking that takes a splendidly quick 103ft. to grind to a halt from 60 mph

Model

BMW M240i

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

Mercedes C300 4 Matic

Jaguar XE

Brake front

(in.)

13.4

13.3

13

12.4

Brake Rear

(in.)

13.6

13.0

11.8

11.8

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

3519

3704

3500

3450

60-0 MPH (ft.)

107

124

109

123

The BMW M240i boasts the biggest brake rotors in this segment. Adorned with M tuned 13.4-inchers at the front, and 13.6-inch towards the rear, the M240i pulls off a far better halting performance than all its rivals

What about its driving dynamics?

The BMW M240i handles itself with utmost grace. Throw the ride in a cornering spree, or some uneven pavement chase, the M240i, defying all odds, comes out unrivaled out of every situation. The biggest factors behind this feat of this ride are compact size, ultra-responsive steering, and proficient chassis setup. 

2020 BMW M240i Coupe
The 2020 M240i Coupe 3rd Quarter View

The 240i does not let the irregularities get in its way of delivering a breathtaking performance since the firmly controlled suspension, swallows most of the bumps out there. The Beemer nails it around the corners as well, providing the driver a fun experience, spinning the ride around some sharp bends. M240i’s steering is one of the greatest places to get your hands-on. Steering effort feels light at low speeds and weights up relevantly when pinning that pedal. The feedback is lacking a bit, but it feels right most of the time. 

The M240i offers three driving modes, namely: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. The Comfort mode accounts for a well-mannered, laid back driving with softer suspension settings and dialed-back throttle response. While on the other hand, Sport and Sport+ modes take care of your simulation needs with stiff suspension settings and stability controls. 

2020 BMW M240i Fuel Economy

5.2/10

Contemplating its performance, the BMW M240i may get considered a fuel-guzzler, but that’s just not the case here. Despite fabricating such humongous power, the M240i maintains a friendly relation with your monthly fuel budget. The ride gives surprising MPG figures of 21 in the city, 30 on the highway, accounting for a combined mpg stat of 24.

Model

BMW M240i

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

Mercedes C300 4 Matic

Jaguar XE

MPG (city)

21*

24

22

24

MPG (highway)

30*

34

33

34

MPG (combined)

24*

27

26

28

Fuel Tank Capacity 

13.7 gal.

15.3 gal.

17.4 gal.

16.6 gal.

Range (City/Highway)

288/411

367/520

383/574

398/564

* 2019 Model Data 

The M240i posts some impressive mpg figures yet stands last when placed against the competitors. Though, the rivals are not that distant ahead with most of them giving out 2-3 miles extra on each gallon. However, considering the fact that the Beemer’s power figures are far ahead than that of the competitors, these extra miles do not pinch that much. 

2020 BMW M240i Interior

5.5/10

Open that door of the BMW 240i, and that wide grin on your face may just turn to a mere smile. The cabin is the part where the greatness, converts to bare good. The dashboard is adorned with no-nonsense straightforward gauges and a simple instrument panel, which further adds to the ride’s sporty vibe. 

2020 BMW M240i Coupe Rear Seats
The 2020 M240i Coupe Rear Seats

Speaking of the roominess of the M240i’s cabin, the front seats are impressive, with ample headroom and legroom, sufficient for taller occupants as well. However, the rear seats lack both roominess and practicality, deeming it unfit and cramped for adults. 

The M240i employs high-class material across the panel, but there are some rough patches in there, where some of these materials feel uninspiring for a car in this price range. However, black leather sports seats, leather-wrapped M steering wheel, and premium upholstery complete the interiors for this Beemer. Another major perk of sitting inside a 240i is you’d barely hear what the outside world is going through, all thanks to its well-muffled engine.

Model

BMW M240i

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

Mercedes C300 4 Matic

Jaguar XE

Passenger Capacity

4

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.1/54.4/41.5

39.0/55.3/41.3

38.8/54.8/42.0

N/A

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

36.5/53.4/33.0

36.1/50.7/32.7

35.6/51.7/32.0

N/A

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The BMW M240i employs a 6.5-inch iDrive system, as its focal infotainment panel. One of the greatest salient features of this setup is its sensible menu system and an easy-to-use rotary knob that simplifies most of its operations. The interface does take a bit of time to get used to, but the iDrive is better, simpler, and much easier to use than most of its competitors in this class segment.

2020 BMW M240i Coupe infotainment
The 2020 BMW M240i employs a 6.5-inch iDrive system, as its focal infotainment panel

Some of the most prominent features of the M240i’s iDrive infotainment system are: 

  • BMW ConnectedDrive Services
  • 7-speaker sound system with CD Player
  • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Sat Navigation
  • USB Input

What about utility?

The company along with the rear seat space also chops down the boot space for the M240i. Moreover, the ride’s small back-seat area doesn't leave much area for additional cargo when the rear backseat is folded down.

2020 BMW M240i Coupe Cargo space
The 2020 BMW M240i Coupe 13.8 ft.3 Cargo Volume

Model

BMW M240i

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

Mercedes C300 4 Matic

Jaguar XE

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.8

21.8

12.6

16.1

The M240i lags almost behind all of its competitors except the Mercedes C300 4 Matic. The Audi A5, carrying it’s utilitarian character forward, provides the best-in-class cargo space f 21.8 cubic feet. The Jaguar XE makes a chase and ranks second with 16.1 cubic feet at the back, followed up by the BMW M240i, and finally the C300 4 Matic. 

Creature comforts on offer in the BMW M240i

 When you buy a Beemer, you expect every ride to be a leisure ride and the M240i offers a number of features, in order to keep your expectations upright. Some of these features are:

  • 10-way power front sport seats; including 2-way power side bolsters, 1-way manual headrests and thigh support; driver memory for exterior mirror and seat positions
  • 60/40 split fold-down through-load rear seats
  • High-gloss Black interior trim with Pearl Gloss Chrome highlight
  • SensaTec upholstery
  • Folding rear-seat headrests
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe

2020 BMW M240i Exterior

7.5/10

Compact, narrow, and short, these are the words that exquisitely define the BMW M240i coupe’s body character. Elements such as the kidney-grille, LED headlights, and the hard-lines running across it, helps the 240i maintain the spirit of those old BMWs while providing all of today's innovations.

2020 BMW M240i Coupe
The 2020 BMW M240i Coupe Side View

The M240i strives to create an ideal mix of simple aesthetics and a sporty aerodynamic body. The ride’s ground clearance is the greatest in the segment, which muscles the fact that the 240i can ravel across the uneven tarmac, with much more ease as compared to the rivals.

The front of the M240i gets decorated by the iconic kidney-grille and LED headlights. On top of that sloping roof, a shark fin antenna sits as a cherry on the cake. Dip down that slanting back glass and that athletic spoiler and mono sport exhaust pipe on either side, scream havoc. 

Model

BMW M240i

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

Mercedes C300 4 Matic

Jaguar XE

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3519

3704

3500

3500

Length (in.)

175.9

186.3

184.5

183.9

Width (in.)

69.8

72.6

71.3

77.4

Height (in.)

55.4

54.6

56.3

55.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.1

4.5

3.8

4.9 

Wheelbase (in.)

105.9

111.2

111.8

111.6

Track Width (in.) F/R

59.9/61.3

61.3/63.9

62.5/61.7

62.8/62.4

The BMW M240i comes out as the shortest and the narrowest set of wheels in this segment, thus bolstering the fact that it’s more of a performance-focused beast, rather than a plush family ferry. 

What are those eye-catching features?

The M240i is a handsome vehicle and some of the most prominent features of its profile include: 

  • Aerodynamic body kit
  • Rear spoiler
  • Chrome-line exterior trim
  • 18” alloy wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • LED headlights
  • Sport kidney-grille
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe
2020 BMW M240i Coupe

2020 BMW M240i Safety

7.5/10

The BMW M240i offers a wide array of safety and driver-assist features as standard. Some of these features include:

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Knee airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger safety belts for installation of child-restraint seat
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Coded Driveaway Protection
  • Anti-theft alarm system

Accrediting to these features, the M240i has scored great in the IIHS safety test. Here are the results: 

Side Impact Test

Good

Roof Strength Test

Good

Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint

Good

IIHS Small Overlap Front Test

Not Tested

Moderate Overlap Front Test

Good

2020 BMW M240i Competition

BMW M240i vs. Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

The Audi A5 finds a place in the stack against the BMW 240i, but this “Rings” offring is an extreme opposite of the Beemer. On one hand, where the 240i prioritizes performance, the A5 carries a tunnel vision towards comfort. The M240i triumphs in terms of power and performance, but the A5 hammers on the aspects the M240i lacks- comfort and utility.

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback
2020 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium Sportback

BMW M240i vs. Mercedes C300 4 Matic

The Mercedes C300 is one hell of a binding ride with extraordinary driving dynamics and is heavily armed with features. The C300 houses a proficient powertrain, rich seating and upscale cabin quality. Like the Audi A5, the Mercedes tilts towards extravagance and a lavish ride, and yet the silver bolt has enough grasp to please the speed knack inside you. One of the biggest unique selling proportion of C300 4 Matic, which gives it a major plus over the M240i is the space inside the vehicle. 

2020 Mercedes C300 4 Matic
2020 Mercedes C300 4 Matic

 

2020 BMW M240i Final Verdict

The BMW M240i is worth every buck if you are looking forward to procuring a hot, performance-focused set of wheels. The havoc-creating 3.0L 6 cylinder engine, along with those incredible driving dynamics, and compact size, can catapult the M240i on track. While remaining tamed under city driving conditions. 

However, the ride lacks upon the utilitarian aspect, with below-par boot and rear-seat space, but that’s just not the character of the M240i. You wouldn’t buy the M240i for its practicality or the rear seats so clearly the car is designed for fun and occasionally is pragmatic