- Well designed interior
- Unbeatable driving experience
- Fantastic gearboxes
- Rear passenger space is limited
- Not yet tested by NCAP
- First year depreciation is high
BMW’s compact coupe looks and drives fantastic
The BMW 2 Series is one of BMW’s newest additions to its range. Introduced in the UK in 2014, the 2 Series coupe is based on the same platform as the rear wheel drive 1 series hatchback. With unique stylings, a fantastic range of engines, and an authentic BMW driving experience, the 2 Series really does stand out from the crowd. With little in the way of direct competition, the 2 Series is sure to be a popular choice for those who want coupe stylings, performance, and handling, without compromising too much on practicality.
A quality you’d expect from BMW, decent space, excellent kit
Being inside the 2 Series is a very pleasurable experience. The interior is essentially the same as every other car in the BMW range in terms of design and quality. Space is also surprisingly positive for such a small coupe.
The dashboard of the 2 Series is constructed with some of the finest soft touch plastics and materials, making the 2 Series feel like a much more expensive car. The design touches are also fantastic, giving the cabin a very contemporary, clean finish. Controls are simple and easy to use, with most actions being controlled via BMW’s much lauded iDrive controller. It really is an excellent, well thought out cabin.
For such a small coupe, boot space is actually pretty decent. It’s not jaw droppingly big, but there’s still 390 litres of very useable space for you to throw your shopping into, or squeeze a couple of small suitcases in. Inside, there is room for four adults, but anyone over six foot may find it a little bit of a squeeze in the back.
Equipment levels on the 2 Series are also pretty impressive. The entry level 218d SE model comes as standard with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, climate control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and automatic lights and wipers. BMW have really gone to town in giving you a luxury experience in even the cheapest models in the range. You’re certainly not going to find many other cars with that much entry level kit at this price level.
As you’d expect from a BMW, the 2 Series interior exudes class. What you might not expect from a compact coupe however is useable space, but the 2 Series also delivers on that. Add in exceptional equipment levels, and the 2 Series cabin really is a fantastic place to find yourself in. Bravo BMW.
Shines in every department
One place where the 2 Series really comes into its own is in its driving experience. As the chassis is essentially the same as a 1 series, you’d expect the 2 Series to be just as composed and fun as its hatchback brother. But the 2 Series is actually a better car to drive. Steering and handling are some of the best you’re ever going to find, and a stiffened suspension adds agility, and a better, more sport-orientated road feel. This really is a driver's car.
The stiffened suspension doesn’t make the 2 Series an uncomfortable car to drive however. Far from it in fact. The 2 Series irons out those nasty lumps on pothole-ridden B-roads, and handles supermarket speed bumps with ease. Even the most sporty model in the range, with its even stiffer suspension, the M235i, doesn’t shudder your bones around town. The 2 Series really is an all round amazing driving experience.
Gearbox options on the 2 Series come in two packages. There’s a precise 6-speed manual that comes as standard on all but one of the models. The 8-speed automatic option however really is a work of genius. It’s arguably one of the best gearboxes ever produced, so if you can find one with this option we’d definitely recommend it. Whichever gearbox your 2 Series comes with, it’s going to be a perfect compliment to the fantastic driving experience.
Great options, fast, eco-friendly, and economical
When it comes to how you want to power your 2 Series, you’ve got the usual two options, petrol, or diesel. There’s no hybrid or electric option as of yet, but for most people who want to buy a sporty coupe, this isn’t going to be too much of an issue. There’s also a supercar killing M series that’s going to excite the petrolheads.
If it’s power you want in your 2 Series, there is one stand out option, and that is the M235i. Capable of outpacing cars that cost twice its price, the M235i is as much of a hoot to drive, as it is great value for money. With 326bhp, and a 0-62mph time of just 4.8 seconds, the M235i is a supercar killer. For those who want power, without quite this much intensity, the diesel powered 225d M Sport packs in 224bhp, which will get you from 0-62mph in just over 6 seconds. That’s seriously quick.
For the eco-friendly fun lovers out there, the best car in the range is the diesel powered 220d Sport. Producing just 104g/km of C02, this car isn’t quite exempt from road tax, but it does sit just above it, meaning it’s certainly not going to be expensive. This model also happens to be the best in terms of fuel efficiency, so it will also please penny pinchers. Racking up 72.4mpg, you’re going to have a lot of money spare from fuel and road tax with the 220d Sport.
Whichever engine you decide to go for in your 2 Series, it’s going to put a smile on your face. Even the most economical car in the range will still get from 0-62mph in just over 8 and a half seconds. Tied in with what is an excellent chassis, you’re sure to experience the ‘ultimate driving machine’ mantra.
Not yet tested by NCAP, but good safety equipment
As the 2 Series is a relatively new car on the market, it hasn’t yet been tested by the boffins at NCAP. But, as BMW is renowned for taking car safety seriously, with the 2 Series hatchback brother, the 1 Series, achieving full marks, when the 2 Series does get tested, it will without doubt match up to these benchmarks. There’s also a decent amount of standard safety equipment to keep you feeling secure, with adaptive cruise control, automatic lights, and a speed recognition system coming with every model. The 2 Series is sure to keep you and your passengers safe.
Reasonable running costs, so long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
For a sporty coupe, the BMW 2 Series is surprisingly cheap to run. This obviously varies between model to model, but due to BMW’s expert technology, most models come with relatively low C02 emissions, especially considering how fast the 2 Series is. Likewise, fuel consumption is solid throughout the range, with the diesels being the pick of the bunch.
Insurance wise, this also depends on which model you go for. The range starts at insurance group 20 for the 218d SE, working its way up through the range to the group 38 M235i. These are pretty standard for a car of the 2 Series class. Even the group 38 M235i is a bit of a bargain when you consider it’s supercar killing qualities.
Depreciation is a large factor for the BMW 2 Series, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The BMW 2 Series really is quite a remarkable car. Combining sleek, elegant design, a high-class interior, an unbeatable driving experience, and powerful engines, the 2 Series is one of the best drivers cars on sale in the UK today.
Buying a used BMW 2 Series online with Carspring
If you’re after a used BMW 2 Series for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used 2 Series. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used BMW online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used 2 Series? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used BMW 2 Series, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used BMW, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used BMW to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st year depreciation cost of 40%.