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Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 2014-2021 review

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BMW 2 Series Coupé
  • BMW 2 Series Coupé
  • Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 14-present
  • Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 14-present
  • Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 14-present
  • Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 14-present
  • BMW 2 Series Coupe
  • Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 14-present
  • BMW 2 Series Coupé
  • Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 14-present
  • Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 14-present
  • Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 14-present
  • Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 14-present
  • BMW 2 Series Coupe
  • Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 14-present
Used BMW 2 Series Coupe 2014-2021 review
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What's the used BMW 2 Series coupe like?

The original BMW 1 Series was such a success that it wasn’t long before the Bavarian firm introduced coupé and convertible versions of it. Nippy and pert, both of the new models received universal acclaim.

But when the 1 Series was updated in 2014, the coupé and convertible versions were also enlarged for increased practicality. To complete this upgrade, their names were changed - the 1 Series became the 2 Series. Equally as popular, the coupé and convertible versions were produced until 2021, when they were replaced by an all-new version of the 2 Series

The 218d has a 141bhp 2.0-litre diesel and is a pleasure to drive, and offers really low running costs. With the 2.0-litre diesel tuned to 188bhp in the 20d, you get near hot hatch levels of performance and good running costs, while it’s hard to justify the extra cost for this 215bhp version of the 2.0-litre diesel in the 225d.

Trim-wise, there's an entry-level SE, and it’s well equipped. So 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. Next up come Sport or M Sport, both of which offer larger alloy wheels, climate control and leather seats, as well as styling mods that give both cars a sportier look.

All engines push the agile 2 Series along at a good rate, and in corners, its chassis is composed and balanced. With a notably better handling balance and in particular better body control and more precise steering than a 1 Series hatchback, the 2 Series felt effortlessly agile and willing to be hustled along much more quickly than most owners will ever drive. For the most part, the ride is pretty comfortable, too, although it doesn't have the natural poise of its bigger BMW 3 Series sibling. 

Meanwhile, the M2 version is a humdinger. It feels notably more alert and agile than its only marginally bigger, heavier siblings. It has a verve and spirit about the way it changes direction. It steers fluently, keeps its nose well planted and is balanced, poised and ready and able to deploy as much of its considerable power as you’re inclined to push through its fat rear tyres.