Review: BMW 2 Series Coupe (2014)

Rating:

The replacement for 1 Series Coupe. Much better looking inspired by the stylish 4 Series. Great blend of ride and handling. M240i is superb and hugely enjoyable.

220d can sound a little gruff at high revs.

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BMW 2 Series Coupe (2014): At A Glance

Following on from BMW's move to give its coupe models odd numbers, the new 2 Series effectively replaces the 1 Series Coupe in the model range. It has a much sleeker shape than its predecessor with a more flowing roofline and an angular front end. The styling of the current 1 Series may divide opinion but the 2 Series is more successful with inspiration taken from the impressive 4 Series Coupe.

Only two petrol engines were initially available - a 220i with 184PS and the mighty M235i (later replaced by the M240i). It may not be as fast as the M2, but the 240i is a wonderfully balanced sports car with great performance and masses of grip.

The main diesel will be the 220d with 184PS and average fuel economy of 58.9mpg while alongside this are the 218d and the 225d. The 220d will doubtless be the most popular choice and it's easy to see why. It's a great engine that's used across the BMW range and works especially well in the 2 Series. It pulls strongly from low down yet is smooth and refined. True it does get somewhat gruff at high revs but that's a very minor criticism.

On the road the 2 Series impresses with well set-up suspension ensuring a smooth and refined ride but not at the expense of the usual BMW-standard handling. The steering is nice and weighty while in corners the 2 Series gives you huge amounts of confidence in its abilities.

Inside, the 2 Series has more room than the old 1 Series Coupe with better front headroom and more rear legroom. It feels more spacious and while the rear passenger space is still quite tight, it's certainly better than before. The interior design is more stylish but retains that solid and well built feel.

Standard equipment has been improved compared to the 1 Series and includes BMW Professional radio with a 6.5-inch colour display and iDrive controller, a Driving Perfomance Control switch, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, DAB, a Sport multi-function leather steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and LED rear lights.

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BMW 2 Series Coupe (2014): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4360–4454 mm
Width 1919–1984 mm
Height 1408–1423 mm
Wheelbase 1521–2690 mm

Full specifications

Given that they share the same platform, it's no surprise that the interior of the 2 Series echoes the 1 Series. In fact it's pretty much identical in the front with the same dash and controls, albeit with a newer style three-spoke steering wheel. The quality is everything we've come to expect from BMW with a solid and sturdy feel, yet there's now a touch more style compared to the old 1 Series Coupe.

It's longer than its predecessor with a bigger wheelbase and that means more interior space with improved headroom all round. It feels more spacious and even six-footers will find plenty of room thanks to seats with plenty of adjustment. The driving position is spot on and the steering column has lots of reach adjustment for the long-legged.

Storage isn't bad, although there are no cupholders, but the large door pockets make up for it and there's a useful cubby under the central armrest which is good for wallets and mobile phones. The boot is surprisingly big at 390 litres and will carry a few decent sized cases without complaint. The rear seats split 60/40 and fold down as standard should you need to carry something bigger.

As is common with coupes, the rear is pretty snug although it is an improvement over the 1 Series Coupe with a touch more legroom. It does come with an easy entry function on the front seats to make getting to the back seats somewhat easier, although it's still a clamber.

Standard equipment from launch (March 2014):

SE trim gets rear Park Distance Control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and 17-inch alloy wheels, BMW Professional radio with a 6.5-inch colour display and iDrive controller, a Driving Perfomance Control switch, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, DAB, a Sport multi-function leather steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and LED rear lights

Sport adds sports seats and black high-gloss interior trim, as well as exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels.

Modern has part leather upholstery, Dark Pearl interior trim and an exclusive 17-inch alloy wheel design.

M Sport models come with 10mm lowered M Sport Suspension, 18-inch M Sport light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design, aerodynamic bodystyling and High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim. Estoril Blue metallic piant can also be specified with the M Sport trim level.

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What's the BMW 2 Series Coupe (2014) like to drive?

Coupe buyers want looks and performance in their cars and the 1 Series delivers on both counts. All the engines use BMW TwinPower Turbo technology to delivery strong performance with good fuel economy.

The diesel range starts with the 218d which is the cheapest model in the 2 Series range. It has a respectable 143PS and plenty of torque with 320Nm but the best part is official economy of 62.8mpg and emissions of just 119g/km. That's with the manual, choose the excellent eight-speed automatic and both improve.

However it's the 220d that's expected to be the most popular choice and it's not difficult to see why. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is one of the best around with plenty of low down performance. Its power is available across a wide band too so it doesn't feel like it's running out of puff at high revs. Economy is strong at 58.9mpg and the 184PS engine has more than enough power. Our only minor criticism is that it can sound quite noisy at high revs but with 380Nm of torque there's really no need to work it hard.

The 225d model, which uses the same engine but with power boosted to 218PS, is the quickest diesel with a 0-62mph time of 6.3 seconds and comes with an eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox as standard. This comes with gearshift paddles on the steering wheel and a Launch Control function.

The petrol range includes the 220i which has an identical 184PS as the the 220d. It's powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine and this is also used in the 228i albeit with power boosted up to 245PS giving it a 0-62mph acceleration time of 5.7 seconds.

However the stand out model in the 2 Series range is the M235i. Now this isn't quite a full M model, like the M2, but is part of the BMW M Performance range - a half way house between the standard models and the full M variants. It's the only model in the line-up that gets a six-cylinder engine - a 3.0-litre straight-six with 326PS.

The engine has a wonderful sound and pulls sweetly through the revs helped by the superb six-speed manual gearbox. Most cars with this amount power made by rival manufacturers would come exclusively with an automatic gearbox and while the eight-speed Sport auto is an option, it's great to see the M235i with a manual as standard, especially as it's such a rewarding gearbox to use.

With all that power it's no surprise that the M235i is quick. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes a mere 5.0 seconds and it's a real joy to exploit all that performance. That said, this is no hardcore racer, the M235i does come with a bespoke suspension and damper set-up along with a 10mm lower ride height, yet it's still forgiving with a comfortable ride. Around town it's as easy to drive as a 218d.

The M235i comes as standard with the M Sport braking system and Variable Sport Steering and this really shows in corners where it turns in with superb confidence and grip. Traction away from a slow corner is mighty too.

The 2 Series range is available with Adaptive M suspension, with electronically controlled dampers, or M Sport suspension, with stiffer spring and damper settings. Both set-ups come with a 10mm reduction in ride height. The BMW M Performance sports suspension goes a step further still, offering a 20mm drop in ride height, bespoke dampers and shorter, red-painted coil springs.

This means plenty of choice but the standard 2 Series offers a great blend of ride and handling as it is. It's an enjoyable coupe to drive whatever engine is under the bonnet with the same responsive steering, minimal body roll and a refined ride. On the motorway it's quiet and effortless making it a great all rounder.

Many people still prefer a manual shift, but the M235i 8-speed auto is a lot easier to drive quickly because it leaves your left foot free to do the braking and leaves your left hand on the steering wheel where it should be. Still a performance car bargain at just over £30k, but not quite the bargain that the M135i is.

BMW M240i Side White

10-10-2017: 340HP/500Nm BMW M240i 8-speed auto is extremely quick, with a 0-60 of 4.6 seconds. Felt a lot quicker than the Honda Civic Type R (0-60 5.7), which, of course, it is. But nothing like as well planted on the road as a BMW M2. Jumps about quite a lot at speed a little unnervingly, whatever the suspension setting. And at from £36,000 it's not cheap any more. Can soon crack the £40k barrier (£450pa VED) with a few extras. Though the 8-speed ZF torque converter auto is easier to live with than the M2's DCT, if you want to go really quickly the M2 is a better choice for not very much more money.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
218d 61–64 mpg 8.2–9.0 s 116–123 g/km
218d Automatic 53–67 mpg 8.2–9.1 s 111–140 g/km
218i 46–52 mpg 8.8 s 125–130 g/km
218i Automatic 48–51 mpg 8.9 s 129 g/km
220d 59–64 mpg 7.1–7.6 s 115–125 g/km
220d Automatic 53–69 mpg 7.0–7.8 s 107–140 g/km
220d xDrive Automatic 55–60 mpg 6.9 s 124 g/km
220i 44–47 mpg 7.0–7.8 s 148–152 g/km
220i Automatic 43–48 mpg 7.1–8.4 s 139–154 g/km
223d 55 mpg 7.0 s 124 g/km
223d Automatic 51 mpg 7.1 s 145 g/km
225d Automatic 60 mpg 6.2–6.3 s 121–125 g/km
225i 35 mpg 6.4 s 189 g/km
225i Automatic 35 mpg 7.0 s 189 g/km
228i 43 mpg 5.8 s 154 g/km
228i Automatic 44 mpg 5.7 s -
230i 44 mpg 5.8 s 147 g/km
230i Automatic 48 mpg 5.6 s 134 g/km
235i 33 mpg 5.3 s 189 g/km
235i Automatic 33 mpg 5.2 s 198 g/km
M235i 35 mpg 5.0 s 189 g/km
M235i Automatic 37 mpg 4.8 s 176 g/km
M240i 36 mpg 4.8 s 179 g/km
M240i Automatic 39 mpg 4.6 s 163 g/km

Real MPG average for a BMW 2 Series Coupe (2014)

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