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2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe

$35,300 - $47,800
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BMW 2 Series Coupe

2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Review

by Gabe Beita Kiser

BMW's stylish and agile 2 Series combines a compact size with stellar dynamics and is one of the top competitors in the small premium coupe segment. Featuring a superb pair of engines, every 2 Series delivers swift and exciting performance. The 230i features the brand's turbocharged four-cylinder producing a strong 248 horsepower, while the thrilling M240i produces 335 hp from its turbocharged six-cylinder. The benchmark 0-60 mph run takes 5.5 seconds in the manual 230i, dropping to just 4.2 seconds for the automatic M240i xDrive - both figures cement the performance credentials of the 2 Series range. With standard rear-wheel-drive and the option of BMW's rear-biased xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the 2 Series is a true driver's car not blunted by excess weight or technological interference - a return to the old days when BMW believed in the catchphrase, Sheer Driving Pleasure.

2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 2 Series Coupe?

For 2019, the 2 Series Coupe gets several safety features added to the standard equipment list, along with parking sensors front and rear. All models now boast driver-assistance aids in the form of forward-collision warning (including pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking) and a lane departure warning system. If you opt for the Premium package, a one-year subscription to Apple CarPlay and real-time traffic updates have now also been included.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful and efficient engines
  • Brilliant, composed handling
  • Additional standard safety features
  • Solidly constructed cabin
  • Good comfort levels for a sporty coupe
  • Classic coupe design
  • Interior design has aged
  • Rear seats provide limited space
  • No standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

2 Series Coupe Exterior

Harking back to compact BMWs of yore like the E30 3 Series, the 2 Series remains an attractive, sporty coupe. With its short overhangs, a passenger compartment that is set well back behind a long hood, and classic BMW styling queues like the double kidney grille and Hofmeister kink, it's one of the less polarizing designs from the German marque. 17-inch wheels are standard on 230i models, with 18-inch M double-spoke rims being fitted to M240i models. LED headlights are standard on every model, while the 230i gets LED fog lights as well. M240i variants are further beefed up with standard Shadowline exterior trim, an aerodynamic kit, high gloss black mirror caps, and a rear spoiler.

2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Front View Driving
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Dimensions

Both 2 Series variants are 69.8 inches wide and feature a wheelbase measuring 105.9 inches. However, the sportier M240i is marginally lower (55.4-inches vs 55.8-inches) and longer (175.9-inches vs 174.7-inches) than the 230i, thanks to modified exterior trim items and a sports suspension. Curb weight ranges from 3,411 lbs for the RWD 230i to 3,662 lbs for the M240i xDrive. Overall, the 2 Series is comparable in both size and weight to the Audi A3 convertible.

Exterior Colors

The 2 Series can be specified with a choice of two standard non-metallic exterior colors and nine metallic colors at an additional cost. The standard on all models is Alpine White or Jet Black on 230i models. For an additional $550, metallic color options include Melbourne Red, Mineral White, Estoril Blue, and Sunset Orange, while 230i-exclusive options are Glacier Silver, Mediterranean Blue, and Seaside Blue.

  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Mineral Grey Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Mediterranean Blue Metallic
  • Seaside Blue Metallic
  • Estoril Blue Metallic
  • Sunset Orange Metallic
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black

2 Series Coupe Performance

Both the 230i and M240i provide exhilarating performance in the segment. The base, rear-wheel-drive 230i produces 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, enough to complete the 0-60 mph run in just 5.3 seconds (5.2 seconds for the xDrive variant). BMW's superb, ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, with a six-speed manual being a no-cost option on rear-wheel-drive models. The M240i's turbocharged, 3.0-liter six-cylinder produces an addictive howl and performance that all but matches BMW's proper M-cars. It too can be specified with a six-speed manual transmission. 0-60 mph takes just 4.4-seconds for the RWD model, dropping to 4.2 seconds when specified with xDrive. The quarter-mile comes up in just 13.6 seconds. While the most powerful versions of the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class provide similar performance, the M240i's charismatic six-cylinder configuration will appeal to many and sets the range-topping 2 Series apart from these competitors.

2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Front View Driving
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Engine and Transmission

There was a time when the very concept of a turbocharged BMW had purists up in arms, but no more. Both 2 Series variants are fitted with powerful, highly flexible engines that enable drivers to make the most of the compact BMW's sparkling dynamics. The 230i uses a 2.0-liter TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 248 hp and 258 lb-ft. The familiar eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and provides wonderfully fast, smooth shifts - this transmission is more than worthy of consideration over the slightly springy six-speed manual. Whether around town or on the highway, there's never a lack of power and responsiveness is excellent. The 230i's engine is also refined in everyday use, even if it doesn't make the most alluring sound.

While the 230i provides all the performance you could reasonably need in a small sports coupe, the M240i is a different prospect altogether. It produces a significantly meatier 335 hp and 369 lb-ft from its turbocharged six-cylinder. Like the 230i, turbo lag barely enters the equation, with the M240i producing a startling amount of surge throughout the rev range. BMW's reputation for manufacturing smooth six-cylinder powerplants is legendary, and the M240i is another example of the brand's expertise in this area.

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

The 2 Series Coupe is a joy to drive with a fast and highly responsive steering system being one of the dynamic highlights. While feedback isn't overly generous, the 2 Series is still involving enough to entertain, with the steering weighting up nicely as speeds rise. Eco Pro and Comfort modes endow the 2 Series with softened responses that make it ideal for everyday driving, while Sport and Sport Plus firm up the suspension appreciably when tackling a mountain pass. The stability control is thankfully not overly intrusive, allowing for just enough leeway to keep keener drivers on their toes when pushing the limits. The M240i also gets an Adaptive M Suspension as standard, further improving handling and agility.

Thankfully, the driver-focused 2 Series also offers a pliant, comfortable ride quality despite its keen handling. Most bumps and irregularities are sufficiently cushioned in Comfort mode, ensuring that the 2 Series doesn't become tiring after many hours behind the wheel. Further adding to the surprisingly good refinement levels is more than adequate sound insulation for the segment. Braking feel and consistency is excellent, and available M Sport brakes add even more bite and composure when executing an emergency stop, or when reining in the 2 Series from high speeds.

2 Series Coupe Gas Mileage

Despite the exemplary performance on offer, both the 230i and M240i are capable of good fuel economy when driven more sedately. The problem for most 2 Series owners will be resisting the temptation to switch from Eco Pro to Sport mode. The 230i's EPA-rated figures are 24/35/28 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, equating to a mixed driving range of 383 miles from the 13.7-gallon fuel tank. The 230i xDrive returns a very similar 27 mpg combined in mixed driving. The more powerful M240i's fuel economy is 21/30/24 mpg which should see it manage 328 miles between visits to the gas station. Premium unleaded is the recommended fuel type for both models. By comparison, an Audi A3 convertible that is similarly priced but far less powerful than the 230i returns nearly identical fuel economy.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 24/35 mpg
* 2019 BMW 2 Series 230i Coupe

2 Series Coupe Interior

The basic 2 Series interior design has aged, although gracefully. While both Audi and Mercedes-Benz offer a more imaginative design and glitzy materials in even their cheaper models, the 2 Series sticks with BMW's traditional but instantly familiar driver-focused layout. Major and minor controls fall easily to hand, the sports seats are snug and comfortable, and the instrumentation hasn't yet received the controversial anti-clockwise tachometer making its way into every new BMW. The iDrive system has been incrementally improved to a point where it is now top of the class for usability. Although the design isn't striking, quality is robust and the 2 Series generally feels solidly built. Space for front occupants is ample, but those in the back will undoubtedly feel the pinch - both legroom and headroom are limited. However, this is to be expected of a compact sports coupe.

2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Dashboard
2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Driver Seat
2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Driver Seat
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Seating and Interior Space

The 2 Series Coupe seats four passengers, although those relegated to the back seat will only be comfortable if they're smaller in stature. There are no such problems in the front, where widely adjustable seats make finding a comfortable driving position easy. Ingress and egress are also easy for those in front, but reaching back for the seat belt is not as effortless as it would be in a regular sedan. The rear seats require more contorting to climb into and are low-set; they offer limited space and are better suited to children.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Every 2 Series comes standard with SensaTec upholstery. On 230i models, upholstery can be specified in a combination of Oyster/Black, Black with Red stitching, or plain Black. M240i models with SensaTec can only be had with Oyster/Black or plain Black. Standard on 230i models is black high-gloss trim with a pearl chrome accent, while M240i models get aluminum hexagon trim with Estoril Blue matte highlights.

For an additional $1,450, more luxurious Dakota leather can be specified which also brings with it a wider selection of colors. These are Black with Red stitching, Coral Red with Black highlights, Oyster, Cognac with Dark Brown highlights, and plain Black.

BMW also offers several packages to further give the interior a lift. On 230i models, the M Sport Package can be added for $4,550 and brings with it trim options such as aluminum hexagon with Estoril Blue highlights, pure wood trim, or fine wood trim. A $350 Luxury Package adds wood trim to the interior and can also only be added to 230i models.

2 Series Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

The BMW 2 Series Coupe offers a surprisingly useful amount of cargo space considering its size. The trunk offers an above-average 13.8 cubic feet of space with the back seats up, and dropping the 60/40 split rear seats is easy thanks to conveniently placed remote latches. Netting and tethering points are also included to prevent small items from rolling around on the move. Two medium to large suitcases will easily fit into the trunk, with more space left over for smaller soft bags.

Interior storage space is also decent, with various bins, pockets, and the usual cupholders provided to allow small items to be easily stowed.

2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Rear Passenger Seats
2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Rear Angle View
2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Rear View
  • Trunk Volume
    13.8 ft³

2 Series Coupe Infotainment and Features

Features

While there is a dizzying array of tempting options available, both the 230i and M240i are thankfully well-specified in standard trim. Included on all models are automatic stop/start, a rearview camera, power front sports seats with a memory function for the driver, park distance control, dual-zone automatic climate control, dynamic cruise control, and automatic LED headlights, while optionally available is a wireless device charging pad. The M240i also adds comfort access keyless entry, a power moonroof, and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors. The standard Active Driving Assistant adds a range of driver assistance features including daytime pedestrian protection, frontal collision warning, and lane departure warning.

Infotainment

The latest version of the iDrive system continues to impress, using a rotary knob with several hotkeys and a 6.5-inch, high-resolution color display. The system's menus are presented in a logical fashion and responsiveness is fast and slick. The screen can be upgraded to a larger 8.8-inch touch screen unit. As standard, the infotainment system includes hands-free Bluetooth and USB audio, BMW Assist eCall, HD radio, and BMW TeleServices. While the 230i gets only satellite radio preparation, the M240i gets SiriusXM satellite radio with a one-year all-access subscription. Unfortunately, Apple CarPlay is only available as an option, and BMW still doesn't offer Android Auto integration on any of its models. BMW's hi-fi sound system with seven speakers is standard, but can optionally be upgraded to a 12-speaker Harman Kardon setup.

2 Series Coupe Problems and Reliability

The 2019 BMW 2 Series has a predicted reliability rating of just above average from J.D. Power. The NHTSA has not issued any recalls for the 2019 2 Series, although two recalls were issued for the 2018 model: these related to a crankshaft sensor firmware error and a software error for the instrument panel. Overall, the 2 Series appears to be one of the more dependable BMW models. The 2 Series is covered by a four-year/50,000 mile limited warranty and a four-year/50,000 mile drivetrain warranty.

2 Series Coupe Safety

The 2019 BMW 2 Series has not been crash-tested by the NHTSA, although the IIHS gave the 2 Series its highest overall 'Good' rating for overall crashworthiness.

Key Safety Features

For 2019, several driver-assistive features are now standard on every 2 Series model. These include forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, automated emergency braking, parking sensors both front and rear, and lane-departure warning. Front, side, and head airbags, brake assist, daytime running lights, LATCH child seat anchors, and traction control provide additional peace of mind.

Verdict: Is the 2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe a good car?

In an era where many BMW's have lost the driver-focused simplicity that was once the brand's hallmark, the 2 Series is a refreshingly simple sports coupe wrapped in a modern design. Rear-wheel-drive, an available manual transmission, a compact and reasonably lightweight body, and two exceptional engines ensure that this BMW is properly fun to drive. The 2 Series does many other things well, too: the cabin is well-made, it is a comfortable cruiser considering its dynamic potential, the infotainment system is one of the best in the class, and refinement is exceptional. Only a lack of some key standard features (Android Auto, heated seats, and navigation), cramped rear seats, and a rather humdrum interior design detract from its appeal. However, these flaws are easily forgotten once you get behind the wheel of BMW's smallest coupe, and rivals such as the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class simply don't offer the same level of driving engagement.

What's the Price of the 2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe?

The 2 Series Coupe range starts with the rear-wheel-drive 230i at an MSRP of $35,300, excluding a destination and handling charge of $995. The price is also exclusive of tax, licensing registration, and incentives. Next is the 230i xDrive, fitted with BMW's all-wheel-drive system, and it costs $37,300. The M240i Coupe, with its more powerful six-cylinder engine, is $45,800 in RWD form and the M240i xDrive tops the range at $47,800.

2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Models

The 2 Series range is composed of four models: the 230i, 230i xDrive, M240i, and M240i xDrive. All models are available as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a six-speed manual being a no-cost option. As simple as the range may seem, BMW's vast options list makes it easy to leave the showroom with a bespoke 2 Series model - at a price.

Generally, all 2 Series models are fairly well equipped. Across the range, you get SensaTec upholstery for the powered sports seats, automatic stop/start, a rear-view camera, parking sensors front and rear, dual-zone climate control, dynamic cruise control, LED headlights, daytime driving lights, a seven-speaker hi-fi sound system, and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch color screen. The M240i models get larger 18-inch M double-spoke wheels, M sport brakes, adaptive M suspension, a power glass moonroof, and Shadowline exterior trim.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
230i Coupe
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$35,300
230i xDrive Coupe
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$37,300
M240i Coupe
3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$45,800
M240i xDrive Coupe
3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$47,800
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Additional Packages

It would take some time to sift through every available option for the 2 Series range. Not only are there many standalone optional extras, but there are several packages to choose from which bundle together a variety of add-ons and trim changes.

For the buyer wishing to retain a measure of control of their budget, some of the appealing standalone options are heated front seats ($500), heated steering wheel ($190), Dakota leather upholstery ($1,450), adaptive full LED lights ($800), navigation system ($1,700), and the excellent Harmon Kardon premium sound system ($875).

As the M240i is better equipped, most of the packages available can only be added to 230i models. The first of these is the Convenience Package at $2,050 that includes comfort access keyless entry, power moonroof, SiriusXM satellite radio, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Luxury Package for the 230i costs $350 and adds fine-wood trim with chrome accent detailing to the interior. Undoubtedly the most popular option, the M Sport Package is a pricey $4,550 for 230i models but adds in all of the suspension, exterior, and interior enhancements which are standard on the M240i - these include M double-spoke wheels, M sport suspension, an aerodynamic kit, Shadowline exterior trim, a rear spoiler, and an M steering wheel. For enthusiasts looking for superior dynamics without the high cost of the M Sport Package, the Track Handling Package can also be specified for the 230i, bringing with it adaptive M suspension, variable sport steering, and M sport brakes.

The Premium Package is available for all 2 Series models at $2,500, and among its features are a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, navigation, Apple CarPlay integration with a one-year free trial, and real-time traffic information.

What BMW 2 Series Coupe Model Should I Buy?

There isn't a bad option in the 2 Series range. If you can stretch to the M240i, this model's additional two cylinders and a power advantage just shy of 100 horsepower make it feel like a true performance car. It also looks sharper and is more suited to track use thanks to the standard M Sport package.

However, the 230i models also offer superb performance and at a saving of over $10,000. Adding the M Sport Package to the standard RWD 230i will still see you save $5,000 over the M240i. While the manual gearbox will please those who like to be fully involved in the action, the eight-speed automatic is a flawless transmission that rivals a dual-clutch for smoothness and responsiveness.

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2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe vs Audi A3 Sedan

Although a sedan, the Audi A3 offers a similar level of brand cachet to the 2 Series Coupe. With its extra pair of doors, the A3 is naturally the more practical proposition, but it's the BMW that's the sleeker of the two designs. The Audi has the edge for perceived quality, but the BMW's infotainment system is the easier of the two to use. Dynamically, the BMW is the more involving driver's car, although Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system does offer rock-solid handling in a variety of conditions. At the top-end of each range, the A3 lacks a direct competitor to the much more powerful and soulful M240i. Between the two, enthusiasts would be better off opting for the 2 Series.

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2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe vs Audi TT Coupe

The TT is a closer style match for the 2 Series and looks squat and purposeful. However, it's also more expensive and less of an all-rounder: while the TT offers good performance, the base model is priced on par with the much more powerful M240i. The TT also suffers from extremely cramped rear seats and far less trunk space. It does, however, boast an exceptionally crafted interior and Audi's Virtual Cockpit is available, which makes the BMW's setup feel dated by comparison. If supreme style is what you're after, the TT may fit the bill - but the BMW does offer a wider spread of talents at a lower price, and rear-wheel-drive will make you feel like a hero when the conditions suit.

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