Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The 2 Series Gran Coupé only carries a very slight price premium over the closely-related BMW 1 Series. So, if you aren’t worried about the compromises in practicality that we’ve outlined above, and you really like its looks, it has value on its side, too. That’s especially true when you consider that it undercuts the Mercedes CLA, Volkswagen Arteon and Audi A5 Sportback.
Two trim levels are available – Sport and M Sport – while the M235i stands alone as a trim in its own right. Sport trim highlights include 17in alloy wheels, cruise control and dual-zone climate control. M Sport brings different suspension and steering, 18in alloys and some slightly sportier styling. Along with the performance upgrades highlighted earlier, the M235i brings more styling tweaks and adds sports seats to its equipment list.
Official CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures aren’t exactly outstanding, but the 2 Series Gran Coupé is certainly competitive with rivals in this respect. Euro NCAP has yet to put the car through its rigorous crash tests, but the 1 Series scored the full five stars when it was tested in 2019. Every model has automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition and speed limit assistance, as well as a system that will warn you if you get too close to the car in front. However, it should be pointed out that the Mercedes A-Class out-scored the 1 Series for safety in each individual test areas, and the CLA has achieved similarly outstanding results.
On top of all the standard safety features, you can also add the optional Driving Assistant package (available on all trim levels) for blindspot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert. The latter provides a warning of approaching traffic when you're reversing out from a driveway, for example.
In the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, BMW finished one place behind Audi; a slightly disappointing 21st of 31 brands. Mercedes trailed in 24th place.
The 2 Series Gran Coupé is covered by a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty, matching the cover offered by Mercedes for the A-Class and bettering Audi’s three-year warranty, which is limited to 60,000 miles.