Producing 136hp and capable of a claimed 52.3mpg with the standard manual transmission, the 218i is the cheapest engine in the range yet should still give a satisfying driving experience which won’t be too heavy on your wallet.
The 218d has a dearer list price than the 218i, but should return noticeably better fuel economy. Opt for a manual version on 17-inch alloy wheels and you can expect up to 65.7mpg and 113g/km of CO2.
If going fast is your priority, then the 340hp six-cylinder M240i is the one to get. Capable of 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds (4.6 in manual mode) and a limited 155mph top speed, the M240i isn’t far off its pricier M2 sibling for outright speed.
BMW 2 Series Coupe model history
- March 2014 – Replacement for the 1 Series Coupe introduced, the 2 Series Coupe is effectively a two-door version of the 1 Series Sports Hatch. Launch engines include the petrol-powered 220i and M235i, with diesels coming in 218d, 220d and 225d. All barring the M235i and 225d M Sport are available in SE, Modern, Sport and M Sport specifications.
- May 2014 – Lustier 228i version introduced in M Sport specification. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine delivering 245hp.
- January 2015 – It’s announced that a 218i will be available from March, powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 136hp and 220Nm of torque.
- March 2015 – The 220d diesel is made available with xDrive all-wheel drive system, with eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
- July 2015 – Updated 218d and 225d diesels added to the 2 Series range, with 150hp and 224hp respectively. The 218d offers a choice of manual or auto gearboxes, while the 225d comes exclusively with an eight-speed auto.
- September 2015 – Sat-nav standardised on all versions.
- October 2015 – High performance M2 Coupe available to order with a 370hp 3.0-litre turbocharged engine. A seven-speed M Dual Clutch Transmission automatic gearbox is optionally available.
- May 2016 – Revised petrol engines, with new 2.0-litre motors for the 220i (now 184hp) and 230i (up to 252hp) versions, while the M235i is replaced by the M240i, complete with a 340hp turbocharged 3.0-litre engine. Improvements also made to the iDrive multimedia system with fewer menus to navigate.
- October 2016 – Apple CarPlay optionally available.
- July 2017 – Additional enhancements see tweaked styling with altered bumpers, new LED lights, a revised dashboard centre console, column stalks from the 5 and 7 Series, an upgraded sat-nav system and the introduction of an M Sport Shadow Edition trim level, complete with darkened lights, a black grille and alloy wheels, cruise control and rear parking sensors.
- Extensive BMW dealer network across the country
- Don’t be afraid to haggle on prices
- BMW typically boasts excellent finance
Buying a new BMW 2 Series Coupe
The bestselling derivative of 2 Series Coupe is the 220d in M Sport spec, with the latter responsible for 70% of sales in the UK.
Despite this, there’s plenty of scope to add a plethora of options to your 2 Series Coupe, whether you want to spice up the exterior or add some more tech on the inside. The Professional Navigation System is worth going for and will help resale values, while a smart-looking set of cost-option alloy wheels and a metallic paint job should also be worth their weight in gold.
Buying a used BMW 2 Series Coupe
- Be patient and look for the perfect example
- Aim for a car with a dealership warranty
- M Sport cars are smart, but attract higher used prices
The 2 Series Coupe has sold well since its launch in 2014, so there should be plenty of used examples floating around on the second-hand car market. Try and find one from BMW’s Approved Used Car scheme, where you’ll benefit from a minimum 12-month unlimited mileage BMW Warranty, 12-month BMW roadside assistance and 12-month MOT cover.
M Sport examples will hold their value the best, so if you’re after a real bargain try and find a low-mileage Sport model with a few optional extras. All engines are impressive, but we’d recommend the 220d for all-round ability and the M240i if you’re after a bit of fun.
Selling your BMW 2 Series Coupe
- Be sure to advertise at the right price with a Parkers Valuation
- Design your add to make it stand out from the rest
- Highlight the equipment on your car and take plenty of photos
The 2 Series Coupe is a premium car, so be sure to present it in the best possible condition to get the most money out of the sale. That means bodywork, alloys and interior in mint condition, while a full valet is also a must.
Take plenty of clear, attractive phots and highlight any optional extras fitted to the car. Also, be sure to undertake a Parkers Valuation in order to know exactly where you stand when it comes to pricing your car.