Review

BMW 2 Series coupe

Price  £24,415 - £34,535

BMW 2 Series coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Good-looking
  • Economical engines
Cons
  • Expensive options
  • Less refined diesels
  • Limited rear headroom

At a glance

The greenest
220d M Sport 2dr £28,365
The cheapest
218d SE 2dr £24,415
The fastest
M235i 2dr £34,535
Top of the range
M235i 2dr £34,535

"The BMW 2 Series is fun, comfortable and cheap to run – a combination that’s hard to beat."

The BMW 2 Series is effectively a two-door coupe version of the BMW 1 Series hatchback, which has been renamed to correspond with the brand's even-numbers-for-coupes model strategy. BMW has tried to make the 2 Series look significantly more sporty than the car it replaces, in order to distinguish it more from the hatchback, so it doesn’t suffer from the old 1 Series Coupe's awkward proportions.

The engine range is broadly similar to the old car, including economical diesels that let the 2 Series compete with rivals such as the Peugeot RCZ, Volkswagen Scirocco and Audi TT. The fast M235i model has been fettled by BMW's performance department and packs a 3.0-litre petrol engine. It's boosted by a sophisticated turbocharger that offers smooth power delivery and pumps out more power than a Porsche Cayman S sports car.

While the M235i lacks the composure of a Cayman in the corners, basic models of the 2 Series are more than a match for their mainstream rivals. Unlike them, the 2 Series has a rear-wheel-drive setup that allows it to grip harder in turns. It also eliminates the tugging sensation through the steering wheel (known as torque steer) that affects powerful front-wheel-drive cars. While the BMW is certainly fun to drive, there's no four-wheel-drive model to compete with the Audi TT quattro – that could put you off if you regularly drive on slippery country roads.

With four seats (all of which are usable) and a boot that's bigger than the 1 Series hatchback's, the 2 Series is surprisingly practical. All models also come fitted with run-flat tyres, which means you’ll never have to risk changing a wheel on the hard shoulder of a busy motorway.

Buyers can choose from three trim levels – SE, Sport and M Sport, while the M235i model gets its own unique specification. All BMW 2 Series models come with alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a 6.5-inch colour display, a DAB digital radio, plus automatic headlights and wipers.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

The BMW 2 Series has a range of engines that offer affordable running costs. Even the fast M235i is relatively economical

Engines, drive & performance

4.5 / 5

All BMW 2 Series are quick, while the M235i gives you Porsche Cayman-beating performance

Interior & comfort

4.2 / 5

It’s much nicer inside than the old model, but the BMW 2 Series can’t match the new Audi TT’s fabulous interior

Practicality & boot space

3.2 / 5

The BMW 2 Series coupe lacks the distinctive looks of some rivals, but it’s more practical as a result

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

The BMW 2 Series received five stars from Euro NCAP and should offer years of reliable motoring

What the others say

4.3 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
"The major issues are the lack of a three-seat rear bench – there's only space for two here – and the fact that there aren’t any rear doors. Since it's such a low car it can be a bit of a challenge getting in to those back seats at all."
4.5 / 5
"The German company is keen to point out that this is not simply a renaming exercise. The BMW 2 Series Coupe is all-new and a significant departure from the old 1 Series Coupe – and not only can you tell by its looks, it drives better too. It's also fairly cheap to run and a little more expensive to buy, while offering far more kit at the same time. So what's not to like?"

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