BMW

BMW 2 SERIES COUPE 220i M Sport 2dr [Nav] Step Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2169 g/km

BMW coupes used to be all about compactness, lightness and rapid responses. It's good to know that there's still one that answers the call. This 2 Series might just be the most enjoyable car that the Munich manufacturer builds and it represents a brilliant new take on an old-school theme. Let's check out the variant that perhaps best combines enjoyment and sense, the 190bhp 220d diesel.

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BMW's 2 Series coupe is surprisingly desirable in 220d diesel guise. Jonathan Crouch explains why.

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BMW coupes used to be all about compactness, lightness and rapid responses. It's good to know that there's still one that answers the call. This 2 Series might just be the most enjoyable car that the Munich manufacturer builds and it represents a brilliant new take on an old-school theme. Let's check out the variant that perhaps best combines enjoyment and sense, the 190bhp 220d diesel.

Background

When it was first rumoured that the old 1 Series Coupe was going to be replaced by by a 2 Series model in the BMW line up, most of us thought that it would be a simple rebadging job, a facelift at most. You know the drill; new headlights, grille and tail lights, a few different choices of alloy wheels and a paint colours and that would be about the size of it. It was only when we saw the first spy photos of this car being hammered around the Nurburgring that we realised that it was something quite different to the gawky 1 Series coupe. It was longer and lower, with a sleeker roofline. In other words, things were about to get interesting. And so it's proved. BMW kicked the 2 Series range off with a bang, introducing a wide range of models, and it's found instant favour with those who hankered after a lighter, less complex Ultimate Driving Machine. Let's try the volume 220d variant to see whether all those plaudits are justified.

Driving Experience

There are certain cars that just feel right within the first fifty metres and this BMW 2 Series is one of them. It's the sum of a bunch of small cues that just hit the right notes; seating position, control weights, engine tractability, suspension refinement, basic ergonomics, that sort of thing. It's much like the thing you've heard about interviewers often making a decision before you've even got into your seat. First impressions are crucial and this 2 Series nails them. When it comes to diesel options for this car, BMW will sell you a 218d, a 220d or a 225d but they've all got much the same 2.0-litre turbodiesel under the bonnet, just in different states of tune. Respectively you get 150, 190 and 224bhp from them. There's about £4,000 difference in price between the 150 and 224bhp variant but I have to wonder whether a clever chap with a laptop wouldn't be able to turn a 150bhp model into something far more potent in the space of a few minutes. What price your warranty though? The 190bhp 220d version gets to 62mph in just 7.1s and runs on to 143mph. Do you really need to go much faster than that? If the answer is yes, then there's the auto-only 225d variant that improves those stats to 6.3s and 150mph.

Design and Build

The old 1 Series Coupe featured some aesthetics that I never really got comfortable with. From some angles it looked great, all muscle and attitude, while from others it looked about as elegant as Jimmy Nail in Jimmy Choos. This 2 Series though, well, it's a very different story. Squint and you can see elements of the 1 Series Coupe in the shape of the glasshouse, but that gawkiness has gone, replaced by a far more elegant, cohesive look. While I don't think it's quite as good looking as the bigger 4 Series Coupe, it's nevertheless a handsome car. Call it a seven out of ten as a neighbour's curtain twitcher. There's plenty of space up front although shorter drivers might feel as if the high waistline of the car is a bit enveloping. All round visibility is good, with pillars being made as thin as possible and the mirrors are a decent size too. Out back, there's more space than in the old 1 Series Coupe but it's not somewhere a grown adult would choose for any length of time. The two rear seats are well shaped but are best left for the kids or chucking coats and bags onto. Still, some recompense comes with the size of the boot. Although that pinched tail would seem to suggest that the boot's going to be close to useless, if you can post your gear through the fairly small aperture, there's actually a lot of space to play with - some 390 litres in fact.

Market and Model

Expect to pay somewhere between £27,500 and £30,000 for your 220d, depending on your choice between SE, Modern, Sport or M Sport trim levels and manual or automatic transmission. Rivals to this model are all front-wheel driven - models like Volkswagen's Scirocco and SEAT's Leon SC, cars that simply don't feel quite the same. Standard kit includes rain sensing wipers, a 6.5-inch display, a DAB tuner, Bluetooth, USB and rear parking sensors. Go for the M Sport trim and you'll get 18-inch alloys, M Sport suspension, sports seats trimmed in cloth and Alcantara, the M body kit, and an M Sport multifunction wheel amongst other tinsel. Oh, and the head liner in anthracite. BMW gets very antsy if I don't mention that. Upgrade to M Sport from SE and it's a hefty £2,350 jump but there are intermediate trims to land on if you don't want to spend that much. Safety is, as you'd expect from BMW, well accounted for. There are the usual twin front, side and curtain airbags, plus a very good latest generation DSC+ stability control system that gives you a bit of leeway when the car's switched into Sport+ mode but will ultimately step in to the rescue if your ambition outweighs your talent.

Cost of Ownership

Developing horsepower isn't particularly tricky. Doing it while preserving fuel economy and keeping emissions in check is what separates the best engineers in the automotive world and the rest. And from where I'm sitting it would appear that a good slug of the world's best automotive engineers reside in or around Munich. Put simply, the BMW 2 Series needn't be an expensive car to run. Let's take this 220d as an example. The 220d will cost you just under £26,000 in SE trim which might seem a bit steep if you were looking at, say, a Peugeot RCZ 2.0-litre diesel which would save you £2,000 upfront. Then you start looking at the figures a bit more closely and realise that the 163bhp Peugeot will return 54mpg and emit 135g/km of carbon dioxide. It's rated at insurance group 29. Then you look at the BMW. Here you're getting a car with more than 20PS more under the bonnet but which will return 64mpg and emit just 115g/km, a whole banding lower than the French car. Insurance is four groups lower. Then you delve deeper and look at the residual values of the two cars. After three years and 36,000 miles, the Peugeot will be worth less than £10,000 whereas the BMW will still command almost £12,000.

Summary

If you've been following this from the start, it's not going to come as any great surprise to learn that this 220d BMW 2 Series has racked up a whole load of ticks in the plus column and not a great deal of crosses on the negative side of the ledger. Put simply, it's the car we'd been hoping BMW would build but had almost given up on. It blends just the right amount of modern safety and convenience features with a decidedly old-school approach and we couldn't have asked for any more than that. How does it compare to its key rivals? What rivals? This car doesn't really have any that directly square up to it. There's the Toyota GT 86 at the bottom of the range and the Porsche Cayman at the top, but neither come with diesel engines. Those affordable coupes that do - cars like Volkswagen's Scirocco and SEAT Leon SC - are front-driven and less rewarding to drive. This then, is some car. The best one BMW builds? It gets my vote.

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

  • Front floor mats in velour

  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort, sport and sport + modes

  • Apple CarPlay preparation

  • BMW remote services
  • Speed limiting function

  • Auto start-stop

  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster
  • BMW ConnectedDrive
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • 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
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • BMW Online services
  • Traffic message channel (TMC)
  • Door/boot open warning

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

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

  • DAB Digital radio

  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Body colour door handles
  • High gloss shadow line
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Body colour front bumper
  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • Air intake in gloss black
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Model designation
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Rear window aerial
  • Chrome exhaust single tailpipe, round
  • Rear bumper with high gloss black finish
  • Front air inlet with high gloss black finish
  • M logo designation in chrome on left and right front wings
  • Model specific design elements

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

  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Leather handbrake lever
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Front sliding armrest
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Leather gearknob
  • Front door storage bins
  • 12V power socket in passenger footwell
  • 3 spoke nappa leather steering wheel
  • Conditioned based service
  • Front door sill finishers with M designation
  • Glove box handle with chrome surround
  • Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
  • 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

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

  • Rear folding head restraints
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
  • Isofix child seat for two outer rear seats

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

  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.256
  • HC: 0.067
  • NOx: 0.047
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • CO2 (g/km): 135
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 232
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 232
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 237
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 174
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 167
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 169

  • Engine Code: B48B20M0
  • 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: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 38.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 55.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 27.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 37.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.4
  • 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: M Sport [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: 184
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 27E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 184
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.2
  • Top Speed: 143
  • Engine Power - KW: 135
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 199
  • Engine Torque - NM: 270
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1350
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27.5

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

  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/35 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 719M
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1440
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1910
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 390
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 470
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

  • Sun protection glass: £300

  • M Sport braking system: £0

  • Adaptive M Sport suspension: £515
  • M sport suspension: Included

  • 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
  • Active cruise control with stop and go function: £790
  • Variable sport steering: £0
  • Park assist gap measurement and steering assist: £0
  • Front/rear Parking distance control: £0
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic: Included
  • Rear parking distance control: Included

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

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

  • High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish: £0
  • Aluminium hexagon interior trim finishers with black high gloss highlight: Included

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

  • Chrome kidney grille with eight extra wide high gloss black vertical slats: Included
  • Electric glass sunroof: £895
  • M rear spoiler: £0
  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Solid paint: Included

  • 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

  • Heating steering wheel: £160
  • Hexagon cloth/Alcantara upholstery: Included
  • Two extra lashing eyes in luggage compartment: Included
  • Full black panel display: Included
  • Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat: £175
  • Dakota leather upholstery: £800

  • Luggage compartment lighting: Included
  • Ambient lighting - switchable BMW classic orange/ cold white LED: Included

  • Comfort pack I - 2 Series: £900
  • Comfort pack II - 2 Series: £900
  • Extended storage pack when chosen with Driving assistant pack - 2 Series: £0
  • Technology pack I - 2 Series: £900
  • Technology pack II - 2 Series: £1,100
  • M Sport pro pack - 2 Series: £1,800
  • Extended lighting pack - 2 Series: £0
  • Extended storage pack - 2 Series: £0
  • BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series: Included
  • Driving assistant pack - 2 Series: £390

  • Metallic - Estoril Blue: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £560
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £560
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £560

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • M Seatbelts: £0

  • Driver and front passenger seat heating: £0
  • 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
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat: Included

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Detachable towbar: £600

  • Hexagon cloth/alcantara - Anthracite with blue highlights: £0

  • Dakota leather - Oyster with dark oyster highlight/Black world: £800
  • Dakota leather - Black with exclusive stitching: £800

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket: Included

  • 18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 719M in Bicolour with run flat tyres: Included
  • 18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 719M in Jet Black with run flat tyres: £0

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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