What used BMW 2 Series coupe will I get for my budget?
You can pay as little as £7500 for a 2 Series, at the time of writing. This would get you an early car with a high mileage bought from a private seller or trade dealer. Up the money to between £12,000 and £14,000 and you should secure a 2016 car with an average mileage bought from an independent or franchised dealer. If you’re lucky enough to have between £15,000 and £17,500 to spend then you’ll have no trouble finding a 2018 car, with either petrol or diesel power.
Expect to pay a suitable premium for the M240i and M2 models, with prices starting at around £18,000.
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How much does it cost to run a BMW 2 Series coupe?
Not surprisingly, the diesel-engined cars are the most economical, but there’s not actually much in it. The 218d has a combined fuel consumption of 62.8mpg, while the more powerful 220d gets 58.9mpg. Weirdly, the even faster 225d has a better economy than the mid-range engine, at 60.1mpg, thanks to its automatic gearbox.
The best figure for a petrol-engined 2 Series is the 218i, which achieves a combined consumption of 52.3mpg. More powerful versions slip into the 40s (220i manages 44.1mpg and the 228i returns 42.8mpg), but it's the 3.0-litre, six-cylinder M235i and M240i that sup the most petrol. The former does 34.9mpg while the later, thanks to its automatic 'box, manages 36.2mpg.
Both the M235i and M240i emit a lot of CO2, at 189 and 179g/km respectively). Further down the range, things get cleaner with the 228i emitting 154g/km; the 220i putting out 149g/km and the 218i producing 130g/km.
Both the 220d and 225d produce 125g/km, while the 218d is the best, at 119g/km.
Road tax for all models registered before 1 April 2017 will vary depending upon the emissions the engine produces (see paragraph above for more information) while examples registered after this date will render owners liable to pay a flat rate fee. There are two of these; a lower rate for cars that cost less than £40,000 when new, but any example that cost more than that will incur an additional fee. This additional fee lasts from the following year after the initial year's road tax for five years, then it goes back to the flat rate fee. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.
Insurance groups start off quite reasonably for the lower-powered cars, at group 24 for the 218i, but anything approaching performance will boost that up to as high as group 41, in the case of the M2.
Servicing is due every 18,000 to 20,000 miles, and on the whole, costs are reasonable. There are a number of transferable BMW service plan options open to the used purchaser, covering the car for three years or 36,000 miles or sometimes more, for a fairly priced one-off payment, depending on the level of cover required. There are also plenty of independent specialists who will look after a 2 Series, at a reduced rate over that charged by a BMW main dealer.
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