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BMW 2 Series Coupé (2022 – ) test

BMW 2 Series Coupé (2022 - ) test

Expert review

Like a 4 Series baby, the 2 Series Coupe offers traditional BMW sporty handling in a grown-up alternative to that hot hatch you might otherwise have envisioned.

The verdict of the Auto Trader expert:

Available new from £34,980

Like the rest of the automotive world, BMW must reinvent itself for the electric age, even as it continues to play with the traditions and the fan base that made its name. And the 2 Series Coupé is a very traditional BMW, sharing nothing with the other models. apparently in the same family. In fact, he shares more with the Series 3 and Series 4, using a rear-wheel-drive setup to deliver the signature handling balance that BMW fans have come to appreciate over the years. If you’re feeling indulgent, you can still have it with a big, powerful six-cylinder engine, although the more frugal 220i driven here will be top-selling and offer more reasonable running costs.

Reasons to buy:

  • checkBMW plays with its fans
  • checkFun to drive
  • checkMore upscale than a hot hatch

Running costs of a BMW 2 Series

BMW has long been a master at making sure its internal combustion engine (ICE) cars do the best numbers possible to improve running costs

If you want electrification and the associated benefits in terms of running costs, you have to look elsewhere in the BMW range – the 2 Series Coupé is aimed at avid drivers who still want a petrol car with old-school handling. and are willing to dig a little deeper into their wallets for the privilege. To be fair, BMW has long been a master at making sure its internal combustion engine (ICE) cars do the best numbers possible to improve running costs. Without a full hybrid option, you’re unlikely to want to run one as a company car but as a more premium and grown-up alternative to a chic hot hatch like a Golf GTI Where Audi S3 the 2 Series Coupe has real appeal.

Expert Rating: 3/5

Reliability of a BMW 2 Series

The brand hasn’t done particularly well lately on reliability scores, although the 2-series coupe uses proven engines

High-end brands like BMW tend to suffer from reliability studies because the cost of repairs tends to be higher when things go wrong. Even taking that into account, the marque hasn’t been doing particularly well lately on reliability scores, although the 2-Series Coupe uses proven engines and other parts that will hopefully deliver the more premium ownership experience than you expect.

Expert Rating: 2/5

2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

Security for a BMW 2 Series

Combination cruise control and an adjustable speed limiter are also standard, with the option of full active cruise control

As a modern BMW, the 2 Series Coupe comes with all the driving aids you’d expect, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection and tweaks to the steering to keep you in the lane on the highway. These are thankfully less intrusive than some systems, but can be disabled via a simple ‘hot key’ on the dash if needed, although they reset each time you switch off the engine. Parking sensors are also standard and can be upgraded to multi-purpose cameras with the Parking Assistant Plus option. Combined cruise control and an adjustable speed limiter are also standard, with the option of full active cruise control which can automatically stop you in traffic and then start again when the car in front drives away, the all without you having to touch the pedals.

Expert Rating: 4/5

2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

How comfortable is the BMW 2 Series

For two people, the 2 Series Coupé is a more luxurious choice, with a more traditionally sporty and low-slung seating position

We’ve described the 2 Series Coupe as a hot hatchback alternative, but what sets it apart from rivals like the Golf GTI is also its biggest weakness in terms of practicality, the two-door layout meaning that access to rear seats will be a bigger faff than in a hatchback. It’s a very different machine, but if you want a fast BMW for family use as well, the M135i would be a better choice in that regard. If you don’t have kids to carry, the format still works and for two people the 2 Series Coupe is a more luxurious choice, with a more traditionally sporty and low seating position. Regular models like the 220i we tested get M Sport-branded suspension for a supposedly sportier feel behind the wheel, but on the bumpy roads we were driving on, we felt very “busy” and, frankly, a little tiring after a few hours at the wheel. BMW would say this more aggressive character is a deliberate move for a sportier feel than the larger 3 and 4 series it’s based on – maybe we’re getting older, but it may have gone too far in that direction to be a comfortable daily driver. Based on that, we’d like to try the Adaptive M suspension available as an option on the M240i on the basis that it has a comfort setting among its modes for hopefully a more refined character.

Expert Rating: 2/5

2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

Features of the BMW 2 Series

M Sport is the default trim level, supported by a selection of options grouped into self-explanatory packs such as Technology, Comfort and M Sport Pro

Given that it shares a lot with the 4-series, it feels like you’re getting a cabin from a much more expensive model, so the 2-series coupe instantly has a more premium vibe than any hot hatch you might also consider at this price. Thankfully, BMW has simplified its lineup structure recently and M Sport is the default trim level, backed by a selection of options grouped into self-explanatory packs such as Technology, Comfort and M Sport Pro. The M240i, meanwhile, gets its own set of sporty styling upgrades in terms of wheels, body kit and other additions to underline its position as the top model in the range. Tech-wise, the paired digital instrument cluster and center display look great, with the standard Live Cockpit Professional and Connected Package Professional powering them with plenty of features and easy to use, but with the ability to pair your phone. and use your applications via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto if you prefer.

Expert Rating: 4/5

2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

Power for a BMW 2 Series

The 220i shifts well, shifts smoothly through the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox and strikes a good balance between performance and real-world running costs.

The retro vibe of the 2 Series Coupé continues with the engine range, which even includes a diesel option. While undoubtedly efficient, it wouldn’t be our pick for a performance-focused coupe of its kind and the 220i four-cylinder petrol should be top-selling by some margin. It’s not the most refined, but thanks to its 184 turbocharged horsepower, it shifts well, shifts smoothly through the standard eight-speed automatic and strikes a good balance between performance and true running costs. There’s also a more powerful 230i version, but if you want a fast 2-series coupe, the M240i should be worth it. We haven’t driven it in this car yet, but the powerful six-cylinder engine is familiar from other BMWs (including our M440i Long Term Test Car) and delivers a wonderful blend of smoothness and power, all with a nice exhaust note that sounds much more sophisticated than other cars at this level. It lacks the mild-hybrid system found on other models with the same engine, so it won’t be as good on fuel, but it does include the xDrive all-wheel-drive system for that traditional BMW balance with the safety of improved all-weather traction. .

Expert Rating: 4/5