Only the most expensive versions of the 2 Series Coupé are really comparable with Audi’s A5; the rest of the range looks much cheaper. Its closer rival, the Mercedes-Benz CLA, is also more expensive, although it emits less CO2 in its equivalent cleanest diesel form.
For us, the pick of the engines is the 218d. The 220d is stronger and even emits slightly less CO2 in the right trim and wheel combination, but it isn’t available in our favourite trim and the 218d is strong enough to be more than capable in and out of town.
Our pick of the trims is entry-level SE, and it’s well equipped. 17in alloy wheels, air-con, BMW’s 6.5in colour screen iDrive infotainment system with DAB radio, sat-nav and Bluetooth, LED headlights, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers are all included. It means there’s little point in upgrading to Sport or M Sport, unless you particularly like their styling.
There's no shortage of safety equipment on the 2 Series Coupé. You get front, side, knee and head airbags as standard, along with Isofix child-seat attachments on the rear seats. The options list includes adaptive headlights and automatic switching between low and high beams. It’s impossible to say how the car would fare in a crash because neither it, nor the 2 Series hatch it’s based on, has been subjected to the Euro NCAP crash safety test.
Every BMW comes with a three-year warranty without mileage limitation and three years’ roadside assistance. Reliability is a little hard to predict since there’s little historic data for this model, but BMW as a brand came a disappointing 28th out of 37 manufacturers in the What Car? reliability survey, which relates to vehicles over three years old.