BMW

BMW 2 SERIES COUPE 218i SE 2dr [Nav] Step Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2169 g/km

BMW's best 'real world' car might well be the 218d Coupe. You get the typical BMW coupes compactness, lightness and rapid responses of a good BMW coupe yet prices start at less than £25k and economy is rated at 62.8mpg. That's quite a span of talents.

CLASS OF ONE

BMW demonstrates that coupes can have a sensible side with its 218d. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

BMW's best 'real world' car might well be the 218d Coupe. You get the typical BMW coupes compactness, lightness and rapid responses of a good BMW coupe yet prices start at less than £25k and economy is rated at 62.8mpg. That's quite a span of talents.

Background

Start seriously thinking about buying a new car and you'll very quickly arrive at a stark realisation. Your money doesn't go very far. By the time you've added options and on-road costs, you begin to realise that the monthly repayments have stacked up so far, all you'll be able to do is polish the thing and protect your residual values which defeats the object of buying a car in the first place. The ideal package would be a good looking car that was fun to drive, kept hold of its value well, was so economical you'd drive it just for the fun of it and which gave you a kick to own. Oh yes, and didn't cost the earth to buy. That sort of wish list has often remained just that, idle wishes, but with the launch of the 2 Series Coupe, BMW has brought a car to market that might just fit that bill, especially in 218d diesel form. Priced from less than £25,000 and shot through with all of BMW's engineering right stuff, the 218d looks the real deal.

Driving Experience

Okay, so a 218d doesn't exactly sound as if it'll melt tarmac. Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre diesel engine that's a detuned version of the 190bhp unit found in the 220d. In this guise you get 150bhp and 320Nm of torque which isn't at all bad. By contrast, a Volkswagen Golf GTI makes 350Nm so you're not too far off that sort of overtaking muscle. The 218d is quicker off the line than you'd expect for a diesel too, getting to 62mph in just 8.4 seconds and running onto a top speed of over 130mph which means that you won't find yourself rowing the thing along the outside lane of the M1. These BMW two-litre diesels might be brawny but they're not the most refined engines in the world and they are vocal when you really open the taps. Many drivers will be tempted by the optional adaptive dampers at £750, and they work particularly well on UK roads in Comfort mode, giving a decent suppleness to the ride quality. Even in Sport mode they're usable on a B-road. The 2 Series chassis is communicative and signals its limits of grip really well. You're always aware that drive is going to the rear wheels when piloted enthusiastically and the steering is one of the better electrically assisted setups in its class.

Design and Build

Where the 1 Series Coupe was a purposeful but slightly gawky-looking thing, the 2 Series is an altogether more cohesive piece of penmanship. The dimensions are also a little more generous, adding 72mm to the overall length, 26mm to the width and slicing 15mm off the overall height. Lower, wider and longer tends to equal sleeker. The glasshouse is also a lot more elegantly integrated into the fuselage. In fact the chassis is a modified and slightly shorter version of the 3 Series' underpinnings and it shares its bonnet, front wings and doors with the three-door 1-series. The front end features a broader kidney grille and more aggressive air intakes. Moving back you'll find swept up side skirts, some deeply-surfaced flanks and tight overhangs. Inside, it's much as you'd expect, with improved build quality, with more substantial plastics used throughout. BMW's much-improved iDrive system features and now includes a higher definition 6.5 inch flat screen. Access to the rear and legroom once you're back there is a good deal better than the 1 Series Coupe and shoulder width has also been improved. The boot is a useful 390-litres.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £24,000 for the SE model with manual gearbox. We've waxed lyrical on the qualities of the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission before and this tacks on around £1,600, bringing with it incremental improvements in economy, emissions and performance. You'll pay another £1,000 over the SE model for Sport trim and another £1,400 again for M Sport equipment, which means the range-topping M Sport automatic will ask just over £28,000 of you. That's still not exorbitant. You can pay over £26,000 for a Honda Civic diesel these days. It's slightly odd that a car that looks so instantly a winning proposition comes with no direct rivals. What else is there that offers this sort of economy and punchiness, in a coupe body that sends drive to the rear wheels? There really isn't anything that directly squares up to the 218d. That doesn't mean that BMW has soft-pedalled on its development though.

Cost of Ownership

Viewed in isolation, the 218d's fuel consumption and emissions figures are outstanding. The manual car returns 65.7mpg and emits just 139g/km while if you stump for the ZF auto 'box, you'll do even better. But here's the thing. The much more powerful 220d coupe is only around £1,600 more model for model, and that seems great value for a whole 40PS more power and economy that's hardly any different. Of course, the alternate view might be that the two cars are so similar that the 218d is what software people would call 'crippleware', a package that's deliberately hobbled to make you spring for the more expensive option. Whatever way you look at it, the 218d is fitted as standard with an Auto Start-Stop function available on both manual and automatic transmissions. An ECO PRO mode, activated using the Drive Performance Control, is a new feature on BMW's that adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. When in ECO PRO mode the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

There aren't too many cars from major manufacturers that are so singular in their blend of talents that they have no direct rivals, but the BMW 218d coupe is one. Go on. Name another diesel, rear-wheel drive coupe that competes head on? Perhaps this car's only real rival comes from an internecine threat, the 220d. It seems very tempting to spend a little more on a significantly more powerful model, but BMW's trim walk-up is designed to do just that, to convince you that you need an M Sport rather than an SE until you're spending upwards of thirty thousand. Part of the 218d's charm is that it can be relatively inexpensive. Handing over just over £24,000 for the entry-level car represents a bargain for a car so cheap to run and enjoyable to own. Of course, you can buy quicker cars for the money and you can get more economical ones, but few have such a combination of tactility, elegance and cost-effectiveness as the 218d and that's what makes this car so appealing.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • 2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing

  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Braking readiness
  • Active differential brake (ADB), electronic differential lock in DSC-OFF mode
  • Rear brake discs
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Brake drying
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Ventilated front disc brakes

  • Front floor mats in velour

  • Apple CarPlay preparation

  • BMW remote services
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic
  • Speed limiting function

  • Auto start-stop
  • Eco pro mode

  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • BMW ConnectedDrive
  • BMW Online services
  • Traffic message channel (TMC)
  • Door/boot open warning
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster
  • Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn

  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror

  • Satin silver interior trim

  • Battery age recognition function
  • Double VANOS
  • VALVETRONIC engine management
  • High precision direct injection
  • Engine cover with BMW roundel twin power turbo designation
  • Oil dipstick
  • Aluminium lightweight construction including crankcase

  • DAB Digital radio

  • Chrome kidney grille with black vertical slats
  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Model designation
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Rear window aerial
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Chrome exhaust single tailpipe, round
  • Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation

  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Darkened rear lights with LED light bars
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Rear fog lights
  • Daytime driving lights
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • High level third brake light
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control
  • Headlight range control

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Front sliding armrest
  • Leather gearknob
  • Leather handbrake lever
  • Front door storage bins
  • 12V power socket in passenger footwell
  • 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel with black stitching
  • Corner cloth upholstery
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
  • Conditioned based service
  • Glove box handle with chrome surround
  • Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column

  • Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened
  • Welcome lighting

  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Twin horns
  • 2 rear 3 point safety belts
  • Side impact protection
  • Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release with hazard warning lights and interior lighting + battery safety cut-off
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with 3 level warning strategy
  • Front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiter, rear coaded belt buckles

  • Rear folding head restraints
  • Front head restraints
  • Isofix child seat for two outer rear seats

  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Remote control including two integrated key - one button for open/close all lockable content, windows and separate button for open luggage compartment

  • 8 speed automatic transmission

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • 17" light Y spoke alloy wheels finished in reflex silver - style 380 with run flat tyres

  • Noise Level dB(A): 66
  • CO: 0.216
  • HC: 0.038
  • NOx: 0.011
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0005
  • CO2 (g/km): 133
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 218
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 218
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 222
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 169

  • Engine Code: B38B15M0
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 39.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 55.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 37.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.6

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE [Nav]
  • Coin Description: i
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • 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: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.9
  • Top Speed: 130
  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 162
  • Engine Torque - NM: 220
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1350
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 22.4

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

  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/50 R17
  • Wheel Style: Y SPOKE STYLE 380
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 1984
  • Height: 1418
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4432
  • Width: 1774
  • Wheelbase: 2690

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1365
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1870
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 390
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 720
  • Max. Loading Weight: 505
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

  • Sun protection glass: £300

  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface + audio streaming: Included
  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £0

  • Cruise control with braking function: £400
  • Reversing assist camera: £0
  • Park assist gap measurement and steering assist: £0
  • Rear parking distance control: Included
  • Front/rear Parking distance control: £0
  • Active cruise control with stop and go function: £790

  • Speed limit info: £200
  • Professional multimedia navigation system: £0
  • Wifi hotspot preparation: £0

  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle: £0

  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £600
  • BMW professional radio with Single CD player + two way six speakers + 4x25W loudspeaker system: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £550
  • Electric glass sunroof: £895

  • High beam assistant: £0
  • LED Headlights: Included
  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: £790

  • Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning: £0
  • Automatic single zone air conditioning: Included

  • Two extra lashing eyes in luggage compartment: Included
  • Heating steering wheel: £160
  • Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat: £175
  • Full black panel display: £0

  • Luggage compartment lighting: Included

  • Extended storage pack - 2 Series: £0
  • Driving assistant pack - 2 Series: £390
  • BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series: Included
  • Extended lighting pack - 2 Series: £0
  • Comfort pack I - 2 Series: £900
  • Comfort pack II - 2 Series: £900
  • Tech pack I - 2 Series: £900
  • Tech pack II - 2 Series: £1,250
  • Extended storage pack when chosen with Driving assistant pack - 2 Series: £0

  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £550
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £550
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £550

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat: Included
  • Driver and front passenger lumbar support: £195
  • Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment: Included
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory: £0
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating: £0

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Detachable towbar: £600

  • Corner cloth - Anthracite with grey highlight: £0

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket: 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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