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BMW 2-Series review

2021 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 54.2
” BMW's smallest coupe is intriguing and fun to drive “

At a glance

Price new £37,830 - £51,305
Used prices £22,660 - £43,780
Road tax cost £190 - £600
Insurance group 28 - 37
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Fuel economy 32.1 - 60.1 mpg
Miles per pound 4.7 - 7.7
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Pros & cons

  • Powered by very impressive engines
  • Shares its tech with the 3 and 4 Series
  • M240i xDrive is a thrilling drive
  • Rear head and legroom is tight
  • Limited range of trims and engines
  • You'll have to wait for the high performance M2

Written by Keith Adams Published: 29 November 2023 Updated: 29 November 2023


The BMW 2 Series is one of the few traditional sporting coupes still on sale. It’s a very different concept to the family-focused 2 Series Gran Coupe. Instead of that car’s 1 Series platform, front-wheel drive and ungainly proportions, the Coupe shares more the larger 3 Series and 4 Series.

That means you get an interesting selection of engines, including a range-topping straight-six, and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive versions such as the hot M240i are also available, while those looking for the highest performance should look at our separate BMW M2 review.

As options go for keen drivers looking for entertainment in a world dominated by SUVs, the 2 Series looks like an almost irresistible choice. So, that’s the enjoyment aspect covered. How about the realities of day-to-day driving? The dashboard features BMW’s iDrive system, which we rate highly for its speed, clarity of display and ease of use. Plenty of 3 Series bits mean quality is decent, too.

The 2 Series Coupe marks a welcome return to more restrained and handsome styling from BMW – though beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder. Notably, it’s a staunchly old-school addition to the range, and one that seems almost anachronistic amid BMW’s latest push towards electrification, SUVs and headline-grabbing grille designs. And we admire it for that.

As for models and trims – it’s nice and simple. There’s one model offered, the M Sport, and that comes with a decent amount of equipment, with just a few optional extras. The M240i is a separate model in its own right and is better equipped than the older 2 Series models, although the M Technology Pack with its adaptive suspension is well worth the extra.

So, it looks refreshingly different and although it’s a clear visual evolution from the previous model, this one is was all-new car when it went on sale in 2021. Rivals? Consider the soon-to-be discontinued Audi TT and Toyota GR86 – but there really aren’t many.

Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the BMW 2 Series Coupe and rating them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.