- Dynamic styling with engaging performance to match
- Driver focused interior and packed with tech
- Top model is expensive to buy and that's before options are added
- The boot is quite small
- Rear legroom is limited (as on most two-door coupes)
- The interior seems a little bland compared to the latest BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
Two-door coupe designs are not everybody's cup of tea and practicality is certainly compromised for style. But with the latest BMW 2 Series Coupe, especially in range-topping M guise, who cares about luggage space? That's because this beautifully-crafted car covers all the performance bases and some. And unlike many rival manufacturers, customers still get the option of choosing a six-cylinder model as opposed to just four-cylinders. The 2 Series Coupe is available powered by a ww01 2.0-litre petrol engine, a 220d 2.0-litre mild hybrid diesel unit - both of which are four-cylinder. Or you can step up to the mighty M2401 xDrive version with a 3.0-litre petrol engine.
On The Road
We opted for the flagship model in the 2 Series Coupe range - the BmW M2401 xDrive with its 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine. It produces 374hp of power with peak torque of 500Nm and that means it can blast its way from 0-62mph in just 4.3 seconds and onto a top speed that is electronically-limited to 115mph.
The engine unit has been developed using motor-racing expertise and there is an M sport exhaust to provide the perfect accompanying soundtrack. The eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, which is fitted across the line-up, is dynamically tuned for quick-fire gear switches and there are steering wheel mounted paddles for added driver engagement. A Launch control function will guarantee quick and instant acceleration from the starting blocks and a Sprint feature can be activated whereby the transmission will automatically shift into its lowest usable gear. Drive modes called Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Adaptive alter the car's behaviour with the sports settings proving the most rewarding when facing twisting B roads with plenty of switchback turns. this car feels primed for action from the throttle, through to the gears. steering and braking set-up and it delivers instant power at the slightest hint of pressure on the accelerator. But surprisingly, the vehicle has a calmer side too. When driven in Comfort mode, everything seems to get less frantic. And it's worth remembering that the xDrive brings all-wheel drive to the mix for added grip in more testing conditions. When extra traction is not needed the power from the engine is sent to the rear wheels alone.
The 2 Series M240i reaches 70mph on motorways in the blink of an eye and can sit cruising at that speed with ease for miles on end, It is worth setting the cruise control through as this car has so much more to give and it would be easy to go above the national speed limit without a certain amount of caution. When the 2 Serves was first introduced, class-leading dynamics were a key factor, and that has been achieved thanks to compact dimensions, a lightweight design for the body and chassis, almost perfect 50 : 50 weight distribution and optimised aerodynamics. With those factors in place, it will come as little surprise to learn that the car is beautifully balanced through the country lanes with outstanding grip and poise. The steering is perfectly weighted and delivers plenty of feedback and the model also features an M sport differential to optimised traction and stability, as well as agility and cornering dynamics. This was standard on our test car. The M Adaptive Suspension allows the driver to select from the widest possible range of sporty-oriented settings when you feel many bumps and dips along the way, to a comfort setting for a more refined driving experience. The suspension system is a £500 optional extra, but well worth the extra investment especially if you opt for larger wheels such as the 19-inch alloys on our test car.
The BMW 2 Series Coupe is without doubt a sports model with attitude. It looks dynamic in its design with a blisteringly quick performance to match and it's guaranteed to turn the heads on onlookers. The BMW kidney grille features verticle air flaps in place of the classical bars and, with the headlights positioned on the outer edges, the car has a wide, low-slung appearance. The long bonnet, short overhangs sloping roofline and short boot lid typify the design of a compact sports coupe. And there are darkened rear lights, circular tailpipes, flush-fitting door handles, 19-inch double spoke bi-colour alloys, along with brake callipers featuring the M logo. These are painted red or blue depending on the customer's preference. The interior is very driver-focused and has all the familiar BMW trademark systems, including the controller dial. There are high quality materials throughout including black Vernasca leather sports seats with blue contrast stitching. There are also plenty of M-specific features such as M floor mats, M pedals, an M logo, M headliner and M displays in the instrument cluster.
In The Car
Behind the Wheel
With fully powered seats and plenty of steering wheel adjustment, finding the perfect driving position within the M240i Coupe is a quick and simple process and then it's a case of taking stock of the generous amount of tech at your disposal. Unlike the all-new 2 Series Active Tourer, the coupe model retains many familiar characteristics, including the iDrive rotary controller to access the many on-board functions. Alternatively, the driver can use the steering wheel buttons or the voice activation system. The latest generation of the BMW Personal Assistant system can be summoned by saying the ‘Hey BMW’ prompt or at the touch of a button. And this can assist with all manner of commands, such as opening or closing windows, finding a radio station, calling a contact in the phonebook, entering GPS coordinates and platy more besides. There is a 10.25-inch control display along with a 12.3-inch driver instrument cluster - both look really smart and are easily operated on the move. But the twin screens behind a curved glass panel do look classier on the new Active Tourer model. Creature comforts are plentiful, including three-zone climate control, ambient lighting, a Harman Kardon surround sound system, full smartphone connectivity, sat-nav, Bluetooth with wireless charging and for the first time on the 2 Series, a head-up display is available as part of the optional Technology Pack costing £1,250. the heated sports seats are exceptionally comfortable on longer journeys, despite sitting low down in the car, And there are integrated headrests and M-specific seatbelts on that particular model too. On the downside, the visibility through the narrow rear screen is quite restricted.
Space & Practicality
the new BMW 2 Series coupe has grown compared to its predecessor, It now measures 4,437mm in length, which is an increase of 105mm and is 1,838mm wide, increased by 64mm. The car is also 28mm lower at 1,390mm. the wheelbase is 51mm longer at 2,741mm and these new dimensions improve the vehicle's handling, especially in and out of corners. One glance in the car's direction will confirm it's no the most practical model on our roads, but few two-door, four-seater coupes are to be fair. The boot's capacity has grown by 20 litres to 390 litres with a 35mm lower loading edge for convenience, It's not that roomy, but big enough for some weekend bags. There is an Easy-Entry function that slides the electric front seats forward when the backrests are folded and this makes it easier to access the two back seats. But anyone relegated to sitting in then will not be happy with the limited leg and headroom. There are a number of storage options throughout the cabin, including a deep central cubby box with C-USB charge port, practical door bin with a separate bottle section, a glovebox, cup holders and a handy tray.
BMW's 2 Series Coupe line-up is priced from £34,980 for the 220i model, increasing to £36,900 for the 220d version. Our test car cost £45,795, but as is the premium carmaker's way, there was a wealth of optional extras that saw the final price-tag creep up to £50,365. Options on our car included the likes of a Technology Pack that added parking assistant, a head-up display, enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging and a WiFi hotspot - this added £1,250 to the price. There was a M240i Pro Pack costing £1,700 that introduced upgraded 19-inch alloys, Shadow Line lights, a Harmon Kardon sound system and some high-gloss features. It's worth noting that as soon as a car passes the £40k price threshold it falls into the Government's premium car levy bracket and that adds an extra £355 to the tax bill for the first five years. Day-to-day running costs will not exactly be friendly on the picket either with a combined 34.9mpg under WLTP testing and carbon emissions of 199g/km. this CO2 figure would result in a first year road tax bill of £1,345 dropping to the standard fee of £155 after 12 months. If you are looking for better fuel economy, the 220d diesel model returns a combined 60.1mpg and also has lower carbon emissions between 122-132g/km. The BMW 2 Series M240i xDrive, as tested, sits in insurance group 37.
Quality & Reliability
BMW enjoys a decent enough reputation when it comes to reliability and the number of old vehicles on our roads today is a testament to that. It's a company that generally scores well in customer satisfaction surveys and its worth remembering that very few BMW's are driven with much respect. The leather seats in our test car looked strong in their design and should survive the test of time and the switchgear and touchscreens are also nicely constructed. The BMW 2 Series Coupe comes with a comprehensive three-year, ultimate mileage warranty. The model is produced at the BMW Group's San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico.
Safety & Security
BMW has an excellent reputation for developing powerful, yet safe performance cars and the 2 Series Coupe is another example of that. It boasts a wealth of driver assistance systems to protect occupants and other road users alike. All versions are fitted as standard with front collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection. there is a speed limit info feature with no overtaking indicator along with dynamic stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes. The powerful lightweight braking system - M sport brakes on the M240i model - provides excellent controlled braking. When tested for its Euro NCAP safety rating, the 2022 model secured four out of five stars with an 82 per cent score for adult occupants, 81 per cent for child occupants, 67 per cent for vulnerable road users and a 64 per cent score for safety assist. The BMW 2 Series Coupe comes fitted with a top-quality alarm immobiliser to keep thieves at bay.
The BMW 2 Series Coupe is a two-door, four-seater with real attitude. It looks drop dead gorgeous in its design especially in M guise, boasts performance ability that will satisfy any driving pursuit and is packed with tech. Not cheap, but few quality things in life ever are.