BMW

BMW 2 SERIES COUPE 230i M Sport 2dr Step Auto [Pro Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.9s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

The 2 Series Coupe was a car BMW couldn't afford to compromise with the front wheel drive system it fits to its other compact models - and to other 2 Series variants. So instead, we've a stand-alone design that continues the great tradition of the Munich maker's smaller sporting cars.

2 B OR NOT 2 B?

The second generation 2 Series Coupe is every inch a proper small sporting BMW, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Ten Second Review

The 2 Series Coupe was a car BMW couldn't afford to compromise with the front wheel drive system it fits to its other compact models - and to other 2 Series variants. So instead, we've a stand-alone design that continues the great tradition of the Munich maker's smaller sporting cars.

Background

Few people had a bad thing to say about the first generation 'F22'-era BMW 2 Series Coupe, a pure bred rear-driven sports two-door launched in 2014, then updated three years later. For its successor, the Munich maker never seriously considered the front wheel drive set-up used on the supposedly sporty 2 Series Gran Coupe four-door model. Instead, this second generation 'G42' 2 Series Coupe was developed alongside the brand's current Z4 roadster and is based on the same rear-driven platform as that used by larger 3 and 4 Series models. What's been produced as a result is a proper small sporting BMW. Of the kind you might have thought this brand had lost interest in making. Not a bit of it.

Driving Experience

Amongst driving enthusiasts, this second generation 2 Series Coupe will vie with Toyota's GR86 for the title of most rewarding small sports coupe. Choose this BMW and you certainly get a lot more engine options, all mated to 8-speed auto transmission. There's a 2.0-litre turbo petrol powerplant, available with either 184hp (in the 220i) or 258hp (in the 230i). Or a 220d 2.0-litre diesel variant offering 190hp. Beyond that lies the six cylinder M240i, which offers 374hp (34hp more than its predecessor) and can only be had in xDrive form. In late 2022, a flagship M2 variant will follow with an even more powerful 'S58' version of that 3.0-litre straight six twin turbo engine - expect around 430hp; and the option of a manual gearbox if you want it. With all 2 Series Coupe models, under the skin, much is shared with the current Z4 roadster, including a CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform that's up to 40% stiffer than that of the old model. BMW claims that steering precision and body control are vastly improved as a result, aided by near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution. All variants come only with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic gearbox with paddleshifters and launch control that incorporates a Sprint mode for short-term acceleration boost. Adaptive M suspension is optional. And there's a powerful lightweight braking system.

Design and Build

It's recognisably a 2 Series Coupe - but this time a slightly larger and certainly more modern-looking one. There's no Convertible body style option this time round. The Coupe we're left with is now 4,537mm long and 1,838mm wide and is 105mm longer than its predecessor, standing 1,390mm tall. More attractive 'M Sport' styling, which includes 18-inch wheels and is standard in the UK, adds extra pavement presence too. And sporty touches include a low front apron, flared wheel arches and swollen rear haunches. The faster M240i variant gets squared-off sports exhausts, a colour-coded rear spoiler, grey trim features, a unique front splitter and special 19-inch M Sport alloy wheels. Inside all variants, the front sports seats are mounted low in front of the satisfyingly thick M Sport steering wheel and a driver-focused dashboard. This shares much with 3 and 4 Series models, pairing a 12.3-inch centre screen with a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel, complete with M Sport graphics. The upholstery is a mixture of Alcantara and Sensatec man-made leather and can be had in three different colours, with full 'Vernasca' leather optionally available. A 51mm wheelbase length increase means there's more space in the back than they used to be. And there's a decently-sized 390-litre boot, extendable with a folding backrest.

Market and Model

2 Series Coupe Prices start at around £36,000 for the base 220i; you'll need around £2,000 more for the 220d diesel. The M240i xDrive variant costs from around £47,500. These figures represent a bit of a step up from the previous generation line-up. But they do now include standard 'M Sport' trim, which is what most customers are expected to want. That gets you a sporty front apron, dark gloss exterior trim and dark metallic finishes in the lower sections of the skirts and the rear diffuser, plus large 18-inch wheels. Standard interior features include sports seats trimmed in Alcantara and Sensatec man-made leather. Plus M-branded tread plates, pedals and floor mats, along with an M-specific anthracite headliner and a chunky M Sport wheel. Other standard features include acoustic glazing for the windscreen, auto headlamps and wipers, power-folding mirrors, LED interior lighting and 3-zone automatic climate control. A key option is Adaptive M suspension, which offers a wide spread between sporty and comfort-orientated responses. You might also want to consider the optional M Sport braking set-up - which is standard on the M240i. Luxury options include full Vernasca leather; and a glass slide/tilt electric sunroof that's 20% larger than before. There's also now a much wider range of driver assistance systems, including Front Collision Warning autonomous braking and a package of optional camera driven 'Driving Assistance' features.

Cost of Ownership

If you've heard talk that diesel engines are planet-polluting brutes, then shelve that for a moment while you examine the black pump-fuelled powerplant on offer here because it's nothing like that. The mild hybrid technology now used in all BMW's diesel combustion engines draws on a powerful 48-volt starter generator and an additional battery, so it has significantly expanded possibilities when it comes to brake energy recuperation. The energy obtained by means of recuperation and stored in the 48-volt battery is also used to supply the 12-volt electrical system and the electrically-operated vehicle functions connected to it. Enough with the tech; what about the WLTP figures? Well, the 220d variant manages up to 60.1mpg on the combined cycle and up to 122g/km of CO2. The 220i petrol version manages 44.8mpg and up to 144g/km. Move up to the six cylinder M240i xDrive model and you're looking at up to 34.9mpg and 185g/km. There are no Plug-in PHEV or EV drivetrain options. What else might you need to know? Well, routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. You can check all of this using menus in the 'iDrive' centre-dash display and the car will give you four weeks' notice of when a check-up is needed so you have plenty of time to book it. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles.

Summary

If pushed to name BMW's most convincing sports car, many would walk past the mighty M5, ignore the powerhouse M3 and M4 models, pause briefly to admire the lines of the Z4 and end up at the baby of the range, this 2 Series Coupe. With a selection of fantastic engines and the draw of a fully-fledged and awesomely capable M model at the top end, this two-door 2 Series demonstrates once again that light is right. Not for nothing does this model enjoy the lowest average owner age profile of any that the Bavarian brand makes. It'll certainly help BMW that this car doesn't really have many rivals directly able to square up to it. Affordable rear wheel drive models like Toyota's GR86 don't have the quality or the necessary range of engine options. And something like a Porsche 718 Cayman is just too expensive. This 2 Series isn't perfect of course. You might suggest that its shape isn't the most alluring we've ever seen from this Munich maker - but at the same time, you'd have to admit it to be an aesthetic step forward from the previous generation model. Anyway, what'll sell this thing to you is its roadgoing experience, its lust for life and the way it'll remind you of what driving used to be about when all that's ahead is a ribbon of twisting tarmac. Ultimately, it's the kind of car that BMW does better than almost anyone.

  • Sun protection glass
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control and trap release
  • Front windscreen wipers with integrated washer jets
  • Acoustic windscreen wipers for reduced driving noise
  • Automatic windscreen wipers and automatic headlight

  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with cornering brake control
  • Electrically operated hand brake including automatic hold function and automatic release when driving off
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Brake drying
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC

  • Velour floor mats

  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • M sport suspension
  • Sprint mode

  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface + WiFi interface for wireless connection of mobile terminal devices + audio streaming

  • Drive off assistant
  • Electric power steering
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • Variable sport steering
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Intelligent functions

  • Eco pro mode
  • Auto start-stop

  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Personal Profile
  • iDrive controller with turn and press function
  • Touch operation on control display
  • Direct selection buttons
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display + 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
  • Integrated owners handbook

  • Indicators integrated int mirror housing
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror

  • Active sound design
  • Balancer shaft
  • High precision injection
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine
  • Double VANOS
  • Twin scroll turbocharger with Valvetronic
  • Aluminium lightweight construction

  • Harman/Kardon surround sound system
  • DAB tuner

  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Shark fin antenna
  • BMW individual lights shadow line
  • Fading support
  • Extended high gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Front door sill finishers in black plastic with BMW designation
  • Body colour door handles flush with door surface
  • Exhaust tailpipes x2 - 90mm in left and right
  • One piece kidney grille with hight gloss chrome surround
  • M Sport spoiler - Gurney in high gloss black
  • Rear boot

  • LED registration plate light
  • Single part LED rear lights with smoked glass components
  • LED technology rear tail lights, brake lights and turn indicators
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • High beam assistant
  • Daytime running lights
  • High level third brake light
  • Rear fog lights
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster

  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning

  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
  • Conditioned based service
  • Front door pockets
  • Front armrest
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Compartment in front of cupholder
  • Storage tray and compartment with cover in centre console
  • Storage compartment between rear seats
  • Rear seat centre foldable armrest with integrated cup holder
  • M headliner Anthracite
  • 12V power socket in front centre console with blanking plug
  • M sport leather steering wheel

  • Ambient lighting

  • Additional storage compartment pack - 2 Series Coupe
  • Connected pack professional - 2 Series Coupe
  • Interior and exterior mirror pack - 2 Series Coupe
  • M Sport exterior styling aerodynamics pack - 2 Series Coupe

  • Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
  • Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for the two outer rear seats
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Manual deactivation of front passenger airbag
  • Three point seat belts on 4 seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure sensor
  • BMW emergency call
  • M sport seatbelt
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side impact protection
  • Deactivation of fuel pump in the event of a crash
  • 2 tone horn
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger

  • Two folding rear seat headrests
  • Heated front seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sports seats
  • Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding 2 rear seat in 2nd row
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Driver seat backrest width adjustment
  • Rear seat backrest with manual 40:20:40 split folding

  • Two remote control key with integrated key - one button for open and close doors/fuel flap/tailgate and separate button for unlock luggage compartment
  • Drive away locking system on all doors and luggage compartment
  • Deadlocking function system to all doors
  • Start/Stop button (illuminated) in centre console with keyless engine start and Auto Start-Stop deactivation button
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment

  • Trailer stabilisation logic

  • Sport automatic steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles, manual gearshift time display, launch control, coasting idle ECO PRO/COMFORT modes
  • Electronic differential lock

  • Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab

  • Electrically powered 12V compressor
  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • BMW mobility tyre sealing system

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.149
  • HC: 0.013
  • NOx: 0.01
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B48B20O1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • Coin Series: M Sport [Pro Pack]
  • Coin Description: i
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 245
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
  • Engine Power - KW: 180
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Power - BHP: 245
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.9
  • Top Speed: 155

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 791
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2068
  • Height: 1390
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4537
  • Width: 1838
  • Wheelbase: 2741

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1525
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2000
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 390
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 475
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1

  • M Sport brakes with dark blue calipers: £0
  • M Sport brake with red calipers: Included

  • Active guard plus incl speed limit assist, lane departure warning with steering impulse and front collision warning with brake intervention: Included
  • Cruise control with braking function: Included

  • Aluminium tetragon interior trim: £150
  • High gloss black interior trim: Included

  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Electric glass sunroof: £800
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Heated steering wheel: £170
  • Vernasca leather upholstery: £1,150
  • Alcantara/Sensatec upholstery: Included
  • Illuminated M accents in front door: £175

  • Comfort pack - 2 Series Coupe: £1,250
  • Driving assistant pack - 2 Series Coupe: £1,000

  • Metallic - Thundernight: £595
  • Metallic - Brooklyn grey: £595
  • Metallic - Portimao blue: £595
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £595
  • Metallic - Melbourne red: £595
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £595

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Manual adjustment of seat height, fore/aft position, seat depth, backrest tilt and head restraint height: Included
  • Electric front lumbar support: £195

  • Trailer tow hitch with removable ball head: £700

  • Vernasca leather - Black: £1,150
  • Vernasca leather - Black with blue contrast stitching: £1,150
  • Vernasca leather - Oyster: £1,150
  • Vernasca leather - Tacora Red: £1,150

  • Alcantara/Sensatec - Black with blue/black contrast stitching: £0

  • 19" M double spoke Bi-colour jet black alloy wheels with mixed tyres - style 797: £0
  • 19" M double spoke jet black alloy wheels with mixed tyres - style 791: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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