BMW’s excellent hot hatchback is even better for the 2022 model year. The updated BMW M135i xDrive returns with several mechanical enhancements for an even better driving experience. Alas, the M135i xDrive is not sold in the US. Instead, we get the 2 Series Gran Coupe which shares a platform, engine, available all-wheel-drive system, and many other underpinnings. This isn’t a major facelift but rather a series of upgrades in light of new competition from Volkswagen and Mercedes-AMG.
BMW says the hot hatch’s springs and dampers have been recalibrated for improved roll behavior in corners. The mounts for the trailing and control arms at the rear axle have been redesigned as well, and a new hydromount has been bolted to the front suspension wishbones.