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BMW 2 Series 220i M Sport 2dr Step Auto Tech/Pro Pack

  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 42.8 mpg
  • 2 door coupe
  • 146 g/km CO2
  • 146 g/km CO2 emissions
  • 42.8 mpg Fuel efficiency
  • 7.5 secs 0 to 62 mph
  • 184 bhp Engine power

Ten Second Review

The 2 Series Coupe was a car BMW couldn't afford to compromise with the front wheel drive system it fits to its other compact models - and to other 2 Series variants. So instead, we've a stand-alone design that continues the great tradition of the Munich maker's smaller sporting cars.

Background

Few people had a bad thing to say about the first generation 'F22'-era BMW 2 Series Coupe, a pure bred rear-driven sports two-door launched in 2014, then updated three years later. For its successor, the Munich maker never seriously considered the front wheel drive set-up used on the supposedly sporty 2 Series Gran Coupe four-door model. Instead, this second generation 'G42' 2 Series Coupe was developed alongside the brand's current Z4 roadster and is based on the same rear-driven platform as that used by larger 3 and 4 Series models. What's been produced as a result is a proper small sporting BMW. Of the kind you might have thought this brand had lost interest in making. Not a bit of it.

Driving Experience

Amongst driving enthusiasts, this second generation 2 Series Coupe will vie with Toyota's GR86 for the title of most rewarding small sports coupe. Choose this BMW and you certainly get a lot more engine options, all mated to 8-speed auto transmission. There's a 2.0-litre turbo petrol powerplant, available with either 184hp (in the 220i) or 258hp (in the 230i). Beyond that lies the six cylinder M240i, which offers 374hp (34hp more than its predecessor) and can only be had in xDrive form. At the top of the range is a flagship M2 variant will follow with an even more powerful 'S58' version of that 3.0-litre straight six twin turbo engine - putting out 460hp; and the option of a manual gearbox if you want it. With all 2 Series Coupe models, under the skin, much is shared with the current Z4 roadster, including a CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform that's up to 40% stiffer than that of the old model. BMW claims that steering precision and body control are vastly improved as a result, aided by near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution. All variants come only with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic gearbox with paddleshifters and launch control that incorporates a Sprint mode for short-term acceleration boost. Adaptive M suspension is optional. And there's a powerful lightweight braking system.

Design and Build

It's recognisably a 2 Series Coupe - but this time a slightly larger and certainly more modern-looking one. There's no Convertible body style option this time round. The Coupe we're left with is now 4,537mm long and 1,838mm wide and is 105mm longer than its predecessor, standing 1,390mm tall. More attractive 'M Sport' styling, which includes 18-inch wheels and is standard in the UK, adds extra pavement presence too. And sporty touches include a low front apron, flared wheel arches and swollen rear haunches. The faster M240i variant gets squared-off sports exhausts, a colour-coded rear spoiler, grey trim features, a unique front splitter and special 19-inch M Sport alloy wheels. Inside all variants, the front sports seats are mounted low in front of the satisfyingly thick M Sport steering wheel and a driver-focused dashboard. This shares much with 3 and 4 Series models, pairing a 12.3-inch centre screen with a 14.9-inch digital instrument panel, complete with M Sport graphics. The upholstery is a mixture of Alcantara and Sensatec man-made leather and can be had in three different colours, with full 'Vernasca' leather optionally available. A 51mm wheelbase length increase means there's more space in the back than they used to be. And there's a decently-sized 390-litre boot, extendable with a folding backrest.

Market and Model

2 Series Coupe Prices start at around £38,000 for the base 220i; you'll need around £3,500 more for the 230i. The M240i xDrive variant costs from around £50,000. The top M2 is around £66,000. These figures represent a bit of a step up from the previous generation line-up. But they do now include standard 'M Sport' trim, which is what most customers are expected to want. That gets you a sporty front apron, dark gloss exterior trim and dark metallic finishes in the lower sections of the skirts and the rear diffuser, plus large 18-inch wheels. Standard interior features include sports seats trimmed in Alcantara and Sensatec man-made leather. Plus M-branded tread plates, pedals and floor mats, along with an M-specific anthracite headliner and a chunky M Sport wheel. Other standard features include acoustic glazing for the windscreen, auto headlamps and wipers, power-folding mirrors, LED interior lighting and 3-zone automatic climate control. A key option is Adaptive M suspension, which offers a wide spread between sporty and comfort-orientated responses. You might also want to consider the optional M Sport braking set-up - which is standard on the M240i. Luxury options include full Vernasca leather; and a glass slide/tilt electric sunroof that's 20% larger than before. There's also now a much wider range of driver assistance systems, including Front Collision Warning autonomous braking and a package of optional camera driven 'Driving Assistance' features.

Cost of Ownership

What about the WLTP figures? Well, the 220i petrol version manages 44.8mpg and up to 144g/km. Move up to the six cylinder M240i xDrive model and you're looking at up to 34.9mpg and 185g/km. There are no Plug-in PHEV or EV drivetrain options. What else might you need to know? Well, routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. You can check all of this using menus in the 'iDrive' centre-dash display and the car will give you four weeks' notice of when a check-up is needed so you have plenty of time to book it. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles.

Summary

If pushed to name BMW's most convincing sports car, many would walk past the mighty M5, ignore the powerhouse M3 and M4 models, pause briefly to admire the lines of the Z4 and end up at the baby of the range, this 2 Series Coupe. With a selection of fantastic engines and the draw of a fully-fledged and awesomely capable M model at the top end, this two-door 2 Series demonstrates once again that light is right. Not for nothing does this model enjoy the lowest average owner age profile of any that the Bavarian brand makes. It'll certainly help BMW that this car doesn't really have many rivals directly able to square up to it. Affordable rear wheel drive models like Toyota's GR86 don't have the quality or the necessary range of engine options. And something like a Porsche 718 Cayman is just too expensive. This 2 Series isn't perfect of course. You might suggest that its shape isn't the most alluring we've ever seen from this Munich maker - but at the same time, you'd have to admit it to be an aesthetic step forward from the previous generation model. Anyway, what'll sell this thing to you is its roadgoing experience, its lust for life and the way it'll remind you of what driving used to be about when all that's ahead is a ribbon of twisting tarmac. Ultimately, it's the kind of car that BMW does better than almost anyone.

  • Eco pro mode
  • DAB tuner
  • Body colour door handles flush with door surface
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Exhaust tailpipes x2 - 90mm in left and right
  • Extended high gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Fading support
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Front door sill finishers in black plastic with BMW designation
  • High gloss black sill, bumper trim sides and diffuser insert
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • One piece kidney grille with hight gloss chrome surround
  • Rear boot
  • Rear spoiler in black sapphire
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • 12V power socket in front centre console with blanking plug
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Compartment in front of cupholder
  • Conditioned based service
  • English handbook
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Front armrest
  • Front door pockets
  • Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
  • M headliner Anthracite
  • M sport leather steering wheel
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • Rear seat centre foldable armrest with integrated cup holder
  • Storage compartment between rear seats
  • Storage tray and compartment with cover in centre console
  • Additional storage compartment pack without USB - 2 Series Coupe
  • Comfort pack without Lumbar support - 2 Series Coupe
  • Connected pack professional - 2 Series Coupe
  • M Sport exterior styling aerodynamics with radiator grille frame and tailpipe trims in black pack - 2 Series Coupe
  • Technology plus pack with BMW Live cockpit professional - 2 Series Coupe
  • 2 tone horn
  • BMW emergency call
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for the two outer rear seats
  • Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Deactivation of fuel pump in the event of a crash
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
  • Front centre airbag between driver and front passenger seats
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
  • M seat belts
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side impact protection
  • Three point seat belts on 4 seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Deadlocking function system to all doors
  • Drive away locking system on all doors and luggage compartment
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Start/Stop button (illuminated) in centre console with keyless engine start and Auto Start-Stop deactivation button
  • Two remote control key with integrated key - one button for open and close doors/fuel flap/tailgate and separate button for unlock luggage compartment
  • CO: 0.226
  • HC: 0.019
  • HC+NOx: N
  • NOx: 0.013
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL: 123
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL: 203
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL: 145
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1998
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • Engine Code: B48B20M1
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 6.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL: 44.1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Badge Power: 184
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: i
  • Coin Series: M Sport[Tech/Pro Pk]
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 28E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 82
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 67
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 64
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.5
  • Engine Power - BHP: 184
  • Engine Power - KW: 135
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1350
  • Top Speed: 147
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 848 M
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: 1390
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4537
  • Wheelbase: 2741
  • Width: 1838
  • Width (including mirrors): 2068
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1965
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 390
  • Max. Loading Weight: 475
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1490
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1