2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Review: Compact Elegance and Dynamic Fun

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe is the last of its generation and is set to be replaced soon, but that doesn't discount it as a subcompact rear-wheel-drive luxury coupe, not by a long shot. We've been fans of the 2 Series since 2014, and haven't stopped loving it since. In this BMW 2 Series review, we take a look at its athletic design and impressive performance, which has placed it amongst our top driving cars in the subcompact luxury class, and the 2021 model range is as remarkable as ever. The range of turbo petrol engines offers brilliant performance, especially in the 3.0-liter inline-six guise - an engine shared with the Toyota Supra. The 2 Series Coupe drives brilliantly and offers class-leading comfort and tech. It may be tight in the rear, but show us a coupe in this class that isn't. Other than that, this car is a hoot and deserves your attention. The 2021 BMW 2 Series goes up against competitors such as the Audi A3 Sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA.

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 2 Series Coupe?

The new BMW 2 Series Coupe is the last of its generation and is set to be replaced with an all-new model next year. The 2021 model carries on without any significant changes; however, certain features have now been made standard, such as SiriusXM satellite radio, real-time traffic information, remote services, and Apple CarPlay. Several packages have also been culled, such as the Luxury Line Package and Track Handling Package on 230i and 230i xDrive derivatives.

Pros and Cons

  • Appreciable power from both engines
  • Doesn't sacrifice fuel economy
  • Sporty handling dynamics
  • Beautifully crafted interior
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Expensive options

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2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
230i Coupe
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$35,900
230i xDrive Coupe
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$37,900
M240i Coupe
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$46,350
M240i xDrive Coupe
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$48,350

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Exterior

The 2 Series Coupe is a handsome beast from any angle and exudes performance and driver confidence. The 2021 coupe features a long hood and a short and muscular rear end that reminds us of classic M cars like the E46 M3. The 230i features 17-inch double-spoke wheels, a high gloss black kidney frame, and a chrome-line exterior trim. M240i derivatives get larger 18-inch M double-spoke jet black wheels, and M Sport aerodynamic kit, Shadowline exterior trim, black mirror caps, and a Cerium Grey kidney grille. All models get LED headlights and taillights.

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2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Dimensions

The 2 Series is a subcompact luxury coupe that measures up to vehicles such as the Ford Mustang. The dimensions of the 2 Series are, therefore, relatively tiny. The 230i measures 174.7 inches long, with the 240i coming in a bit longer at 175.9 inches. Width is 69.8 across the board, and the 230i is 55.8 inches tall, while the M240i is fractionally shorter at 55.4 inches. All models ride on a 105.9-inch wheelbase. In terms of weight, the rear-wheel-drive manual 230i comes in with a curb weight of 3,435 lbs while the all-wheel-drive xDrive version weighs 3,578. The M240i weighs in at 3,600 in auto guise, while the xDrive derivative tops out at 3,721 lbs.

  • Length 174.7 in
  • Wheelbase 105.9 in
  • Height 55.8 in
  • Max Width 69.8 in
  • Front Width 59.9 in
  • Rear Width 61.3 in
  • Curb Weight 3,386.0 lbs

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Exterior Colors

This is a coupe that looks as good in real life as it does in images. That body looks handsome from any angle, and thus BMW has decided to treat the exterior of the coupe to some interesting colors that bring out the most in terms of aesthetics. Depending on configuration, the color palette will change, however. The base model is offered in your choice of eight hues, starting with Alpine White (the only free color in the range), and followed by Sunset Orange Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic, Jet Black, Estoril Blue (available with the M Sport Package), and finally Black Sapphire Metallic. Metallic colors will cost you an extra $550. The more sporty 240i is offered with seven colors, including the model-exclusive Long Beach Blue Metallic, but misses out on the availability of Jet Black and Melbourne Red.

  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Mineral Grey Metallic
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Estoril Blue Metallic
  • Sunset Orange Metallic
  • Long Beach Blue Metallic
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Performance

Regardless of which 2 Series in the range you opt for, you're in for a performance treat. The 230i may be the base model, but still posts a 0-60 mph time of only 5.3 seconds, and will go on to a limited top speed of 130 mph. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine offers strong pull anywhere in the range, giving the 230i the ability to feel on point and ready to go whenever the need arises. Out on the highway this car is a strong puller, and overtaking is done without breaking a sweat. Go for the AWD xDrive version, and you can expect the zero to sixty time to drop to 5.2 seconds. But, if you demand more from your 2 Series Coupe, BMW offers the M240i, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six motor producing 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. This derivative will launch to sixty in only 4.4 seconds, or 4.2 seconds in AWD guise, and go on to a top speed of 155 mph if fitted with summer sport tires, otherwise the speed is limited to 130 mph.

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2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Engine and Transmission

There are two engine options available for 2021. Starting with the 230i, you get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot delivering a solid 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. All that power is sent to either the rear or all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission with automatic sport and manual shift modes. Don't let the small capacity fool you: this is one potent combination, and with all that torque on offer, slow city driving is just as pleasurable as highway cruising. There's minimal turbo lag, and it pulls hard right up to the top of the tachometer. The next motor in the lineup is more powerful - the M240i in either RWD or AWD guise gets powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine producing 335 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. This setup delivers a massive punch of torque, and with a 0 to 60 time of only 4.4 seconds, or 4,2 seconds in AWD configuration, it's clear the M240i twins aren't messing around. Once again lag is on the minimal side, and as an added bonus, the 3.0-liter inline-six sounds like a song. The eight-speed transmission in both cars shifts with crisp precision and is a standout feature of the drivetrain. Both the 230i and M240i can be fitted with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission when left in RWD configuration.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Handling and Driving Impressions

BMW has always set out to build driving machines, and even its range of SUV offerings are some of the better-driving cars in their class, so it comes as no surprise then that the 2 Series Coupe delivers an exciting and well-balanced experience. Out on suburban roads, the 2 Series will feel slightly stiff, but it is not enough to become intrusive and that stiffness eventually pays off when it comes to the corners. Once you head into the twisty stuff, these cars come alive. The M240i is fitted with adaptive M suspension and M Sport brakes, which means there's lots of room to play and enjoy the chassis to the fullest. The traction control system can be turned off for some wild antics, and there are also driving modes such as Eco Pro for when you're trying your best not to distress your other half in the passenger seat. Comfort mode offers a smooth ride and gear shifts. When things get going, the 2 Series Coupe offers a sharp turn in, and best of all is that mid-corner bumps do little to unsettle the car. The steering is communicative, and you get a real good sense of what the car is doing at all times. The brakes on both models are outstanding. These cars are well balanced and responsive but can place you in some serious trouble if you push too far.

2 Series Coupe Gas Mileage

The science is simple: the 230i will deliver the best mileage out of the range, the lightest of them being the rear-wheel-drive automatic, which, according to the EPA, will deliver a wholly respectable 24/32/27 mpg city/highway/combined. That works out to around 370 miles per 13.7-gallon tank of premium gas. The manual transmission car sees those numbers dip to 21/32/25 mpg, and adding AWD reduces it further to 21/30/24 mpg. The M240i in auto guise will deliver 22/30/25 mpg for both the RWD and AWD configurations. The least efficient of the bunch is the M240i manual, which will see 19/27/22 mpg and a maximum range of 301 miles in mixed driving conditions.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 25/32 mpg
* 2021 BMW 2 Series 230i Coupe

2 Series Coupe Interior

The fact that the 2 Series Coupe is the cheapest of its sort in the BMW lineup doesn't change the fact that it is impeccably crafted and oozes quality out of every interior panel. Getting in, one is greeted by seriously supportive seats that are mounted low in the chassis for arguably the best driving position around. 230i models get SensaTec upholstery, and the general feel of the interior is one of contemporary stylishness. The dashboard design leans in towards the driver giving a sense of the car's focus as a driver's car. The layout is also ergonomic and should be easy to get used to. Space in the front is quite good, and six-footers should see no problem squeezing in. It may be one of the oldest BMWs currently on sale, but the 2 Series still impresses. The only letdown is an aging analog instrument cluster.

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Seating and Interior Space

The 2 Series Coupe can swallow a full four adults, but those in the rear might suffer from some blood circulation issues. In all fairness, the 2 Series Coupe offers a surprising amount of space for what it is, and the fact that things get tight in the rear is to be expected. The sporty nature of this car means that the front occupants sit low, which feels great when blasting through some canyon roads, but can feel intimidating in traffic. The seats are beautifully bolstered and offer great support without having to be full race spec. Behind the steering wheel, the pedals are placed well for some heel and toe action (if you're in the manual, of course), and the steering wheel is easy to adjust. Getting in and out is relatively pain-free thanks to a door opening that is big enough for tall adults, but the long doors can prove tricky in tight parking spots.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.5 in
  • Front Head Room 40.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 33.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.5 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The interior of the 2 Series is a pleasurable place, mostly thanks to the excellent choice of materials inside the cabin. BMW has managed to pull off the leather look with its SensaTec synthetic material. The 230i features High-gloss Black interior trim with Pearl Gloss Chrome highlight as well as an Anthracite headliner. The more sporty M240i gets a more performance-oriented look with Aluminum Hexagon interior trim with Estoril Blue highlights which is also available on the 230i under the M Sport Package. The standard seats on the 230i can be had in Oyster and black, or all black with or without red stitching, and there's also the option of going with Dakota leather in black, Coral Red, Oyster, Cognac, and black with red highlights. The Dakota leather option will set you back $1,450. Trim options include wood finishes such as Fine Wood Fineline, as well as more contemporary finishes, including Aluminum Hexagon and Black High Gloss. The M240i is offered with carbon fiber trim.

2 Series Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

By its very nature, the 2 Series Coupe won't offer masses of trunk space, yet it's remarkably capacious compared to rival coupes and even similarly sized sedans. Pop the trunk, which opens up nice and wide, and you'll discover a usable 13.8 cubic feet of space. That is more than you get in a Mustang GT at 13.5 cubes. You'll be able to fit enough self-respect in there to actually use your turn signals when needed, or, alternatively, a pair of medium-sized suitcases. If you're after more space, the rear seats fold down in 60/40 fashion.

In terms of small-item storage, the 2 Series Coupe offers a center console storage bin, and a pair of cupholders in front. Backseat passengers get door bins and front storage pockets, as well as a shallow storage bin between the rear seats.

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  • Trunk Volume
    13.8 ft³

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Infotainment and Features

Features

The 2 Series is packed with premium features in any spec, including the base model. Standard gear on the 230i includes an engine stop/start button, rain-sensing windshield wipers, two-zone automatic climate control, a ten-way adjustable front driver and passenger seat, as well as front and rear park distance control and dynamic cruise control. The Convenience Package on the 230i adds features such as a power moonroof, four-way power lumbar adjustment, and ambient lighting, keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, as well as three 12-volt power sockets. These features are standard on the M240i. Driver assistance features include forward collision warning with automatic braking, driver attention warning, as well as lane departure warning. Optional extras include heated seats, a heated steering wheel, adaptive headlights, and a power sunroof.

Infotainment

For the price you're paying, you'd expect a robust infotainment system, and thankfully you do get one in the 2 Series Coupe, despite it being one of the older BMW systems still in production. The coupe boasts a 6.5-inch screen with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. All cars come standard with HD radio and SiriusXM satellite radio. The standard seven-speaker sound system is decent, but can be upgraded to a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio setup consisting of five tweeters, five mid-range speakers and a set of subwoofers for ten speakers in total. Apple CarPlay comes standard, but unfortunately, Android Auto has been left out. Navigation and live-time traffic updates are standard features. The Navigation system option will increase the display size to 8.8 inches and add enhanced navigation for $900. Wi-Fi and wireless charging are two more options to choose from.

2 Series Coupe Problems and Reliability

The 2021 2 Series has not been subject to any recalls, but 2020 models were affected by a recall issued for a malfunctioning knee airbag system. To boost your confidence, the BMW 2 Series Coupe was given a rating of 79 out of 100 by J.D. Power, so reliability issues should not be something to worry about. BMW will cover the 2 Series with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, 12 years of corrosion cover, four years or 50,000 miles of drivetrain cover, and a three-year/36,000-mile maintenance plan. A four-year roadside assistance plan is also included.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

2 Series Coupe Safety

For 2021, the BMW 2 Series has not been party to review by either the IIHS or NHTSA, but the former did test a 2020 model and the results returned with a 'Good' rating for most categories, but its headlight score was only deemed 'Acceptable' or 'Marginal' depending on configuration. Still these are solid safety scores and should put most at ease.

Key Safety Features

The 2021 BMW 2 Series is about as safe as they come. Take a look at the safety equipment and you'll understand why: you get eight airbags, including driver and passenger knee bags, front and rear side curtain airbags as well as impact sensors that disconnect the battery, alternator, and fuel pump and unlock the doors in the event of an accident. All models get front and rear park distance control and LED headlights and foglights. Active driver assistance systems include frontal collision warning and lane departure warning.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe a good car?

BMW has worked its magic here - the 2 Series Coupe manages to be a few different things at once. It is, first and foremost, a brilliant driver's car that delivers a pure driving experience. Its compact dimensions might be an issue if you're a back seat passenger, but the rest of the time it cocoons the driver in a surprisingly spacious cabin that is perfectly set up for driver enjoyment. BMW has done a great job of offering the 2 Series in so many configurations - where else will you get the option of a manual in RWD guise or a great auto transmission in AWD configuration? Both turbo engines deliver excellent performance and should be enough to satisfy most tastes, especially in spicy M240i form. The interior may be aging now, but that doesn't mean the materials aren't of high quality. There are enough tech features to be found on the inside, but the infotainment suite is showing its age, and there aren't as many safety features as other premium rivals provide. The 2 Series is a well-balanced sports coupe despite its age, but with a new one on the horizon for 2022, we think it might be worth waiting a little while longer and buying the new model. For those who can't wait, the 2021 model is still an excellent example of a luxury coupe.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe?

Good things don't come cheap and the price of the BMW 2 Series is significant for its class. The base model 230i starts with an MSRP $35,900 excluding tax, registration, and a destination fee of $995. Going for the AWD 230i xDrive Coupe will cost you $37,900. Stepping up to the M240i, prices start at $46,350 for the RWD model and go up to $48,350 for the xDrive version. You can expect to see a price of $54,325 if you max out the options list.

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Models

For 2021, the 2 Series Coupe range consists of four models: the 230i, 230i xDrive, M240i, and M240i xDrive.

230i models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot engine that sends its power to either the front or all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission in AWD guise, or a six-speed manual in RWD vehicles. Standard exterior features include 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, and fog lights. The interior is treated to ten-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, and front and rear parking sensors. Meanwhile, the 6.5-inch infotainment system features Bluetooth streaming, HD Radio, and Apple CarPlay.

The M240i sports a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine producing 335 hp. Power is sent to the rear or all wheels via the same transmission options. Notable exterior changes include a fog light delete and a set of more aggressive bumpers. You also get a set of black 18-inch alloy wheels. Notable features include a rear spoiler, bigger brakes, and adaptive suspension. These models also receive a sunroof. The xDrive version adds AWD and removes the manual transmission option.

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Additional Packages

The base 230i can be specced with the $4,200 M Sport package, which adds the M240i's appearance elements, as well as keyless entry, and park distance control. Other optional packages include the $1,700 Convenience Package, which adds keyless access, ambient lighting, and lumbar support to the front seats. This package is exclusively available on the 230i twins as it becomes standard on the M240i. The $1,600 Premium Package is available for all trims and adds advanced navigation with a larger 8.8-inch screen, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Individual options such as Adaptive LED headlights, active cruise control, and parking assist are also available. RWD models get the no-cost option of a six-speed manual gearbox.

🚗What BMW 2 Series Coupe Model Should I Buy?

BMW gives its US customers a wide range of options when it comes to the 2 Series Coupe, and if you can believe all the reviews, most of those options are good. We struggled to find fault with any of them. In the end, the purchasing decision will boil down to two things, namely price and performance. For most, the 230i will be more than enough. It delivers punchy performance and athletic handling with an elegant interior and safety tech to boot. If you want more go, then the only way is the M240i. If we were the ones doing the buying, we would go with the rear-wheel-drive M240i with a manual transmission and Long Beach Blue paint. Black Dakota leather and carbon fiber interior trim also get our nod. At the same time, on the options front, the Premium Package and Harman Kardon sound system are worth the premiums they command.

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2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
BMW 2 Series Coupe248 hp25/32 mpg$35,900
BMW 3 Series Sedan 255 hp26/36 mpg$41,250
Audi A3 Sedan 184 hp27/36 mpg$33,300
BMW 4 Series Coupe 255 hp26/34 mpg$45,600

2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe vs BMW 3 Series Sedan

The BMW 3 Series is possibly the best known and most loved BMW model out there, and with good reason. It has always represented athletic ability, premium quality and luxury in a package that is relatively affordable. The 2021 BMW 3 Series starts at a price of $41,250, which is a little more than four grand more than you'll pay for the 230i, in comparison. The 3 Series shares the same drivetrain as the 2 Series, so you get both the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot and 3.0-liter inline-six motors, but power differs significantly. The 2.0 liter in the 3 Series gets 255 hp vs 248 hp in the 2 Series, and the 3.0-liter engine produces 382 hp in comparison to the 335 hp in the 2 Series. Power is sent to the rear or all fours via an eight-speed transmission. The most obvious difference here is the fact that the 3 Series has two extra doors, more interior space, and more cargo space. The 3 Series is arguably the more comfortable car on the road, but tangible aspects are shared with the 2 Series, such as interior design and materials. The infotainment setup in the 3 Series is a newer system, and is vastly improved over the system in the 2 Series, which makes the 3 Series all the more attractive. If you want more space, but the same vibe, get the 3 Series.

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2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe vs Audi A3 Sedan

Here's where the competition gets tough. The Audi A3 isn't available in coupe form, but these two cars share similar dimensions and perform in the same ballpark. The Audi A3 Sedan is powered by two flavors of 2.0-liter turbocharged power. In 40 TFSI guise, the A3 produces 184 hp, and in 45 TFSI form, that power is bumped up to 228 hp. The other differences here are obvious: the A3 is only available in FWD and AWD, not RWD. The A3 Sedan is the slower car, but on the road, it feels just as comfortable. The interior isn't as focused as that of the BMW, but it is still a pleasant place to be. The Audi offers a maximum trunk space of 12.3 cubic feet in the 40TFSI, which makes the 2 Series Coupe the surprising winner in terms of storage practicality. In terms of tech, the Audi is right up there with the BMW, and with a starting price of $33,300, it undercuts the BMW by over two grand. We would still have the 2 Series for its driver focus, but those in search of comfort will inevitably favor the A3.

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2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe vs BMW 4 Series Coupe

The BMW 2 Series Coupe is the big brother of the 2 Series Coupe, but these two cars share a lot of similarities. The 2021 4 Series Coupe starts off with a base price of $45,600 in the USA, which is $9,700 more than the 2 Series; but just how much more car do you get for the price? From the outside, the 4 Series is arguably the more handsome car, thanks to its bulky proportions, but that gaping grille will most certainly split opinions. The 4 Series is a significantly larger car, with an overall length of 187.9 inches compared to the 174.7 in the 2 Series. As with the 2 Series, you get to choose from a 2.0-liter turbo-four or a 3.0-liter inline-six engine. The 2.0-liter unit produces 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and the 3.0-liter engine produces 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. On the road, the 4 series is a more relaxed car to drive, and the overall experience speaks to that. The cabin feels surprisingly similar in size to the 2 Series, and the 4 Series actually offers less rear-seat headroom. Cabin materials and tech are on point. We would go with the 4 Series if it wasn't for that horrible nose.

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