What is the BMW 2 Series? In 2021, it's two very different vehicles that share the same name. The 2 Series started in the U.S. as a small rear-wheel-drive two-door coupe or convertible. That model is now sold in parallel with the 2 Series Gran Coupe, which is an all-wheel-drive subcompact sedan. Both mark an entry point for BMW ownership but still offer fun-to-drive reflexes and lots of tech.
On the 2 Series Gran Coupe:
On the 2 Series coupe and convertible:
The BMW badge stands for luxury, technology, and driving performance. Is the 2 Series Gran Coupe worthy of it?
Inside, materials and build quality feel only decent. There's not a lot of passenger space, especially in the second row—those rear doors are tiny. Ride quality is rough, and the car is noisy, too. The choppy ride and tricky ergonomics make for a subpar road-tripper.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe features much of the same technology as other BMWs, including its improved iDrive user interface. The standard digital gauge display is cool, and the optional upgraded audio system sounds great. Frustratingly, adaptive cruise control is an extra-cost option here, though it's standard on some much less expensive compact sedans.
Is the 2 Series Gran Coupe fun to drive? Sort of. It's certainly quick, especially in M235i spec, and it feels light and tossable in corners. Still, it's hard to disguise the fact that it's based on a crossover platform. It's entertaining enough, but it's not a true driver's car. That and the underwhelming value proposition lost the 228i Gran Coupe a comparison against the Subaru WRX STI.
In a stark juxtaposition, the 2 Series coupe and convertible are a joy to drive. Poised and playful, these 2 Series' rear-drive handling balance harkens back to iconic BMWs of yore. The M2 coupe never ceased to thrill over its year in our long-term test fleet. Plus, the ultra-focused M2 CS might be the best-driving BMW ever built; it even took down a Porsche Cayman GT4 in a direct comparison.
A fully redesigned 2 Series Coupe is on its way for the 2022 model year. We've seen camouflaged prototypes out on the roads near our Los Angeles headquarters—they look just like the one that BMW showed off in its official set of spy photos. Unlike the 2 Series Gran Coupe, expect the 2022 2 Series Coupe to stay true to its rear-wheel drive, two-door roots. It'll be stiffer and more powerful than before, highlighted by the 382-hp M240i. The return of a manual transmission is yet unknown, but it appears that—fortunately—the redesign won't entail a garish buck-toothed grille like has afflicted other recent BMW models. Expect the new 2 Series Coupe to launch later in 2021 as a 2022 model. Until then, check out everything we know about the 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe.
All 2 Series Gran Coupe models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard AWD.
In the 228i, the engine produces 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. In MotorTrend testing, 0-60 mph acceleration took 6.0 seconds. EPA-rated fuel economy is 23/33 mpg city/highway.
Performance increases in the M235i, which produces 301 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph drops to a MotorTrend-tested 4.8 seconds. Fuel economy is 23/32 mpg.
The 2 Series coupe and convertible are RWD, and offer AWD. A six-speed manual is standard, and an eight-speed automatic is available.
The 230i has a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the manual transmission, 0-60 mph acceleration took 5.8 seconds in MotorTrend testing. Fuel economy ranges between 21/30 mpg and 25/32 depending on configuration.
The M240i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 producing 335 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. In MotorTrend testing, a manual-equipped M240i hit 60 in 4.3 seconds. Fuel economy rates between 19/27 mpg and 21/30 mpg.
BMW's legendary motorsports division transforms the standard 2 Series coupe into the M2 Competition. This little sports car packs a turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 making 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. True to form, a six-speed manual is standard, but a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is also offered. In MotorTrend testing, the M2 Competition's 0-60 time measures 4.0 seconds. Besides the extra power, the M2 Competition receives numerous styling and chassis enhancements.
In the 2 Series Gran Coupe, standard driver-assist and active safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, automatic windshield wipers, and front and rear parking sensors. Adaptive cruise control with lane-keep assist is an optional feature. It's the same situation in the 2 Series coupe and convertible, except blind-spot monitoring is not available.
From the IIHS, the 2 Series coupe receives the top score of Good in five 2020 crashworthiness tests. The standard LED headlights get a second-lowest score of Marginal, and the optional adaptive LED headlights get the second-highest Acceptable score. The 2 Series Gran Coupe has not been evaluated for crash safety.
In the 2 Series Gran Coupe, trunk capacity measures 15.1 cubic feet, with standard split-folding second-row seats to expand cargo space into the cabin.
Front-row headroom measures 38.2 inches in the 2 Series Gran Coupe, which compares to 38.5 inches in the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. Second-row headroom is 35.6 inches in the 2 Series, similar to the CLA's 35.7 inches. Front-row legroom is 41.4 inches in the BMW, a bit less than 41.8 inches in the Benz. Second-row legroom is 34.4 inches in the 2 Series, a little more than the CLA's 33.9 inches.
The 2 Series coupe has 13.8 cubic feet of trunk capacity. Front-row headroom is 40.1 inches, and legroom is 41.5 inches. Second-row headroom and legroom measure 36.5 and 33.0 inches, respectively.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe is equipped with an 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen; a 10.3-inch unit is also available. The iDrive user interface features over-the-air update capability. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity are standard, and built-in navigation comes with the larger touchscreen. For 2021, a previously optional 10.3-inch digital gauge display becomes standard on all models. Two USB ports are included for each row of seats. Premium technology options include a wireless charging pad, head-up display, and infotainment gesture controls. A 10-speaker audio system is standard, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium setup is available.
In the 2 Series coupe, a 6.5-inch touchscreen is standard, and an 8.8-inch upgrade display is available. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity are included, with built-in navigation added on the larger touchscreen. Front-row USB ports are standard, and a wireless charging pad is available. A 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system can be optioned to replace the standard seven-speaker system.
The BMW 2 Series is a coupe and convertible, whereas the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is a sedan. Confused? Let's break it down.
Introduced for 2014 to replace the 1 Series, the 2 evokes classic BMWs of yore. It's compact, RWD-based, and has two doors and an available manual transmission. A soft-top convertible is also offered. From the base 230i up to the track-ready M2 Competition, it provides driver-focused fun more than space or practicality.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe made its debut for 2020 and exists mainly to provide an entry point to BMW ownership. It's a subcompact four-door sedan based on a front-wheel-drive crossover platform. Two tunes of a 2.0-liter turbo-four are available, both connected to an automatic transmission. Although it's not as pure of a BMW as the original 2 Series, the Gran Coupe is more practical and has newer technology and design.
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