What's the used BMW 2 Series like?
The original BMW 1 Series hatchback was such a success that it wasn’t long before the Bavarian firm introduced a three-box-style coupe and convertible version. Nippy and pert, they both received universal acclaim, but when the 1 Series was updated in 2014 the new coupe and convertible versions were enlarged for increased practicality and their names changed to the 2 Series.
Perhaps confusingly, the 2 Series Coupe (and its sibling, the Convertible) follow the established BMW pattern of having a longitudinally mounted front engine that drives the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, whereas the similarly named 2 Series Gran and Active Tourers are MPVs that utilise the BMW Mini’s front-wheel drive platform.
The Coupe is essentially a driver’s car, and not surprisingly a wide range of engines has always been offered. There’s a choice of differing 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesels, providing reasonable punch and economy but also offering up a little too much diesel clatter, and on the petrol front a peppy three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder 220i and 228i and a powerful six-pot 3.0-litre unit in the sporty M240i and M2 variants. All can push the agile 2 Series along at a good rate, and in corners its chassis is composed and balanced and, for the most part, the ride is pretty comfortable too.
It’s a well built and solid feeling car, and the well-laid out and high-quality interior features the legendary iDrive infotainment system. There’s plenty of room up front, and space for two children in the rear, and as a further bonus there’s a large boot, too.
Trim levels offered will be familiar from other cars in the BMW range, ranging as they do from SE up to M Sport.
All told, this is a well-engineered coupe that successfully blends reasonable running costs with enough sportiness to please an enthusiastic owner/driver. In some ways, it’s even more rewarding to drive than some of its closest rivals, greats like the Audi TT and the Seat Leon SC, and clearly more functional, too.