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Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • All diesels promise over 60mpg
  • Unremarkable depreciation levels
  • Servicing plans available

BMW 2 Series Coupe: what will it cost me to run?

As usual, if you’re after the best fuel economy then head to one of the 2 Series Coupe’s three diesel engines should be on your radar. Most economical is the 218d and 220d, both capable of up to a claimed 65.7mpg (68.9 with the automatic). Opt for the 225d and fuel economy drops slightly to a claimed 61.4mpg.

The most economical petrol on offer is the 218i returning up to a claimed 52.3mpg (53.3 with the automatic), closely followed by the 220i at 48.7mpg. Upgrade to the 230i and fuel economy only drops slightly to 47.9mpg (the same as a 220i on 18-inch wheels), while the M240i is predictably the least efficient at 36.2mpg (39.8 with the automatic).

BMW 2 Series running costs are also affected by lacklustre levels depreciation, meaning that the car could lose about 40% of its value over three years and 36,000 miles – with much of the drop occurring in the first year. Servicing costs can be kept under control with the company’s comprehensive three-year or 36,000-mile service plan available on all new BMWs. Insurance ranges from group 20 for the 218i SE and 218d SE, up to group 39 for the M240i.

Eco equipment to keep costs down

All BMW 2 Series Coupes come as standard with stop start and an Eco Pro driving mode in order to help save fuel and achieve the claimed fuel economy figures.

BMW 2 Series Coupe: is it eco-friendly?There’s no hybrid or electric version on offer here, but even so BMW 2 Series CO2 emissions are respectable – especially on diesel models. Curiously, the 220d produces less CO2 than the 218d in manual-gearbox form (112g/km versus 113g/km), but more when paired with the eight-speed automatic (109g/km versus 108g/km).

Meanwhile the prize for the lowest CO2-emitting petrol goes to the 218i, producing 125g/km of CO2 (124g/km in auto form). After that the 220i is rated at 133g/km and the M240i 179g/km (163 with the automatic transmission.

As is usually the case, opting for the smaller alloy wheels can shave a few grams of CO2 off the 2 Series Coupe’s total emissions output. For example, the 220d xDrive Sport produces 124g/km of CO2 when fitted with the optional 18-inch wheels, yet the standard 17-inch ones produce just 118g/km.

  • BMW has a decent reliability record
  • Car feels solid and well-built
  • Number of minor recalls since launch in 2014

BMW 2 Series Coupe: will it be reliable?

BMW 2 Series reliability shouldn’t give potential customers much to worry about, with the company maintaining a solid dependability record when it comes to mechanical faults.

Although the 2 Series Coupe is still a relatively new model, it shares many of its components with the 1-Series Hatchback which has now been around for over ten years.

That said, the 2 Series Coupe has had a number of minor recalls since 2014 – all of which have now been rectified.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,098 - £2,078 *
Diesel 131p £827 - £1,083 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0d (190bhp) Diesel 104 g/km (Min) £20
3.0i Petrol 227 g/km (Max) £465

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £20 - £465
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 20 - 47
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.