BMW 2 Series

4/5
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Verdict

Many people would consider the BMW 2 Series to be a 1 Series Coupé with a new name. The similarities are certainly there, but according to BMW this is a new car with plenty of new technologies on display.

Performance

There is a large selection of engines available with the 2 Series Coupé, all of which offer a powerful return. The 218i offers 136 bhp with it 1.5 litre engine, while the 2.0 litre engine offers 184 bhp. On the higher end of things there is another 2.0 litre engine in the 228i M Sport and this increases the output to 245 bhp. The M235i is the real powerhouse with 326 bhp on offer.

The diesel engines range from the 218d’s 150 bhp 2.0 litre engine to the 220d’s 190 bhp engine. If you’re looking for more horses on the diesel end you can look at the 225d M Sport. This 2.0 litre engine in this will bring you up to 224hp.

Ride & Handling

Unsurprisingly, this is a rear-wheel drive automobile and BMW has ensured its precision by designing a chassis that works well with every part of the vehicle. The automatic gearbox is excellent, but the six-speed manual feels slightly clunky.

Across the range the suspension is nicely set up and Irish roads won’t throw up any major issues. The steering is direct, but at times body control isn’t brilliant on corners.

Refinement

The petrol engines are all extremely refined and nicely tuned. The higher-powered ones give the right noises at the right times. The diesel engines are slightly more raucous – which was a common theme in the BMW 1 Series also. One area that could be improved upon is the road and wind noise that get into this vehicle.

Quality & Reliability

Inside looks like it was taken straight out of the BMW 1 Series and it all looks like a scaled down version of the 3 Series – which of course is a good thing. As per usual, BMW impresses with their high quality interior.

Like the 1 Series, there are many items that come as standard in the 2 Series Coupé. Expect to find DAB Radio, SATNAV and Real Time Traffic, as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

Safety & Security

To the front there are driver and passenger airbags. Along the sides of the interior there are airbags integrated into the front seat backrests. As standard you will also find tyre pressure monitoring and dynamic stability control. Driving aids like Dynamic Stability Control and Forward Collision Warning also come as standard. For better vision the 2 Series Coupé comes with adaptive LED lights. These same lights also have corner control that illuminates the side of a road as you turn a corner. Also installed in this machine is BMW emergency call – this connects to the local emergency services if an accident occurs. This particular 2 Series is yet to be tested in the Euro NCAP safety tests.

Space & Practicality

The rear seating area is very small in the 2 Series Coupé and people over six feet tall may not appreciate long journeys in this - but potential owners will be well aware of this. The front is spacious, as is the 390 litre boot.

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Key Facts

Make

BMW

Model
2 Series
Variant
2 Series Coupé F22 218i SE
Car Category
Coupe
First year of model production
2014
Engine (L)
1.5
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Coupe
Price New
€34,240
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
Average L/100 km
5.4
Average km/L
18.5
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
52
Fuel Tank Range
963 km
Cost of filling a tank
€68.33
Average Cost Per 200 km
€14.19
CO2 emmissions
130 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
136 bhp
Max Power kW
101
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1499
Engine Cylinders
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
205 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
8.8 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Coupe
Doors
2
Seats
4
Boot capacity
390 L
Automatic Parking
Available as extra option
Bluetooth
Available as extra option
Cruise Control
Available as extra option
Folding Rear Seats
Available as extra option
Front Cup Holders
Available as extra option
Height Adjustable Seats
Available as extra option
Parking Sensors
Available as extra option
Power Steering
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
No
Reversing Camera
Available as extra option
USB Connectivity
Available as extra option

Warranty

All Components
2 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year bodywork warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
No distance limit

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

What Experts Say

Auto Express
A compact rear-wheel drive coupe from BMW has obvious appeal. Does the BMW 2 Series live up to it?
Top Gear
Far better looking than the old 1-Series Coupe. Driving and owning qualities mark it out as a real BMW.
What Car

Interior Comfort

Air Conditioning
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
390 L
Tyre size front
205/55 R16 mm
Tyre size back
205/55 R16 mm

Technical Information

Power
136 bhp
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