2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

MSRP range: $35,700 - $45,500
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2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Review

  • Strong performance from the base engine
  • Similar technology as more expensive BMW models
  • Athletic handling
  • Generous list of standard features
  • Back seat lacks headroom for taller passengers
  • Bumps in the road are usually felt in the cabin
  • A bit more expensive than the competition
  • Front-wheel drive now standard
  • Navigation, Android Auto and satellite radio now standard
  • Start of the first Gran Coupe generation introduced for 2020

Increasingly sophisticated safety systems and expanding creature comforts make for passenger cars that grow faster than well-funded tech startups. And few automakers know the sweet-spot between sizes like BMW. The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is a textbook case, with tidy dimensions that echo the design of classic 3 Series sedans from the 1980s and 1990s.

Along with its sporty and nimble size, the 2 Series Gran Coupe (the name indicates its fastback-style sloping roof) offers an attractive entry-level luxury price. But that doesn't make it a budget Bimmer. While it's based on a Mini Cooper platform to save costs, the 2 Series Gran Coupe offers the performance, technology and refinement we've come to expect of the brand. It's also well suited to compete in a growing class of entry-luxury models, including the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Audi A3 and Cadillac CT4 also solid choices. Read our Expert Rating to get our team's take on this sporty new luxury compact.

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The 2 Series Gran Coupe is decently quick and sporty enough to feel competent on a winding road. But around town, the ride is a bit too stiff, especially on rough pavement. It's also on the pricey side for this class, starting several thousand dollars more than the competition. But if cargo room and interior storage for personal items are important to you, the 2 Series Gran Coupe does that better than most of its competition.
The four-door 2 Series Gran Coupe isn't as responsive or athletic as the regular 2 Series coupe. But compared to other entry-level luxury sedans, it's relatively agile. The firm suspension keeps body roll in check, and the light, precise steering is quick enough to make hitting an apex or maneuvering through a tight parking lot a breeze.

The gas pedal can be slow to respond from a dead stop, but once you get moving, acceleration is brisk and responsive. Our 228i test car needed 6.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph, which is a tick quicker than an entry-level Mercedes A-Class. The eight-speed automatic transmission is well tuned and smoother than the dual-clutch automatics found in some competitors.
The ride is a little stiff with the M Sport suspension and 18-inch wheels. Even so, you should be able to put in a full day's drive behind the wheel without much of an issue. The standard sport seats are soft and supportive, and the side bolsters hold you in place without being overly tight. The headrest is angled a bit too far forward for taller drivers.

The climate control works well. The controls are easy to see and use thanks to dedicated buttons just beneath the infotainment screen. The dual-zone system kept the car even and cool on a bright sunny day, and the fans were quiet enough. There is a mild amount of wind and road noise at highway speeds, but you likely won't have to raise your voice to speak with passengers.
For the most part, the 2 Series Gran Coupe falls in line with other recent BMWs. The dash is angled just slightly toward the driver, and most of the controls are well placed and easy to read. There are dedicated buttons for most of the controls including those for adjusting the climate or switching to navigation or the radio. A few are out of sight, but you should be fine with a little muscle memory.

The cabin is relatively roomy, at least for those in the front seats. The doors open wide, making it easy to get in and out. Rear passengers won't be as comfortable. The sloping roofline severely reduces headroom. Visibility is mostly fine, but the small rear window makes it a bit difficult to see what's behind you.
BMW offers all of its latest and greatest driver aids, including adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot warning. Most of the aids are optional, but that's the case with the competition too.

In practice, we were left a bit disappointed. BMW's iDrive infotainment system is relatively easy to interact with and offers both voice and gesture controls in addition to standard buttons and a touchscreen. It works well, though not as well as the system on the latest Mercedes-Benz models. Device integration is good thanks to four USB ports and an easy-to-sync Bluetooth system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe has a generously sized trunk and useful interior storage. The trunk opening is a bit shallow, but the liftover is low and there's more space (15.1 cubic feet) than in most competitors. The wheelwells and trunklid hinges don't intrude much. The rear seats are split 40/20/40 and fold flat for loading longer items. Interior storage is better than most, with big door pockets and a nice spot to put your phone just in front of the cupholders.

Getting a car seat in and out might be a pain given the car's low roofline, but the car seat anchors are easy to access under plastic panels.
The EPA estimates the all-wheel-drive Gran Coupe 228i (which is what we tested) will get 27 mpg combined (23 city/33 highway). That's 1 mpg lower than the all-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz A 220 in all categories and better than the Audi A3. Our test car returned 30.5 mpg on our 115-mile mixed driving evaluation route, which is a respectable figure and an indication the EPA figures are realistic.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe falls right in line with competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz A 220 when it comes to cost and value. Its base price is one of the highest in the class, but it comes with standard features including all-wheel drive and a basic suite of driver aids including blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning. The price gap narrows when a rival is loaded with the same equipment.

The warranty and ownership experience are even better. BMW offers four years/50,000 miles for both basic and powertrain warranties. In addition, the 2 Series Gran Coupe comes with four years/50,000 miles of roadside assistance and three years/36,000 miles of scheduled maintenance, better than nearly all rivals.
The 2 Series Gran Coupe isn't the most fun or exciting BMW sedan we've ever driven, but it's by no means boring. On a winding road, the car proved competent and relatively capable thanks to a smooth powertrain and decent driver feedback. We weren't itching to get back behind the wheel, but we weren't ready to jump out after a day of driving either.

It shines on looks too. The design may not be for everyone, but it's striking and it falls in line with the latest crop of BMWs. There are a lot of great paint options for the 2 Series Gran Coupe too. It's one of the few sedans we've driven in recent years that gets attention at stoplights.

Which 2 Series Gran Coupe does Edmunds recommend?

The M235i is tempting. Great performance and stocked with features. And it's got M in the name, right? But starting at more than $45,000, we think it's overpriced, especially when a larger base-model 3 Series offers similar performance and features for less money. The 2 Series' compact size is part of its appeal, though, so if you like the profile and need speed, we say go for it. For everyone else, the 228i checks all the boxes. Commuters should look for one with optional adaptive cruise control, useful on both highway and in congested traffic.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe models

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe comes in three versions: 228i, 228i xDrive and the high-performance M235i xDrive. Front-wheel drive is standard on the 228i, while the other two trim levels use xDrive, BMW's name for all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all three models.

228i
This entry trim comes well equipped with standard features, highlights including:

  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (228 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Power-adjustable front sport seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

Technology and safety features include:

  • Digital instrument cluster
  • 8.8-inch central touchscreen
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Satellite and HD radio
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Automatic high beams
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Front and rear parking sensors

228i xDrive
Same as the 228i but with all-wheel drive.

M235i xDrive
This performance-oriented trim adds more power and features such as:

  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (301 hp, 331 lb-ft)
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Sport-tuned suspension and more powerful brakes
  • Electronic limited-slip differential (helps improve traction when accelerating)
  • Aerodynamic appearance package
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ambient interior lighting

The 228i and M235i can be further equipped with packages and stand-alone features including:

  • Convenience package
    • Panoramic roof
    • Keyless entry
  • Premium package
    • Heated front seats
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Head-up display
    • Live Cockpit Pro (10.25-inch touchscreen among other tech upgrades)
    • Adaptive LED headlights
    • Keyless entry
    • Panoramic roof
    • Ambient cabin lighting
  • Driving Assistance package
    • Automated self-parking system
    • Traffic-adaptive cruise control (maintains driver-set distance between the BMW and the car in front)
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound system
  • M Sport package (228i only): 18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, upgraded brakes
  • 19-inch wheels (M235i only)
  • M Sport front seats (M235i only)

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Love it!!!
Carolyn Schwartz,
228i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The drive is smooth, the acceleration is quick and it has every luxury item I can think of! Love it!

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$35,700
MPG & Fuel
24 City / 33 Hwy / 28 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 228 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 178.5 in. / Height: 55.9 in. / Width: 70.9 in.
Curb Weight: 3393 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 15.1 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 2 Series Gran Coupe safety features:

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go
Keeps a configurable distance between your vehicle and the traffic ahead and is able to operate in heavy traffic.
Lane Change Warning
Warns you to guide the car back into the correct lane at speeds above 12 mph with steering input if necessary.
Back-Up Assistant
Remembers past steering inputs to reverse the vehicle out of parking spaces with you operating only the throttle and brake.

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs. the competition

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Like the 2 Series, it's tempting to think of the A-Class as a budget model of a luxury badge. But that's inaccurate. The A-Class is quick on the pedal and while working the wheel, with a similar sporty, small-car feel as the Gran Coupe. The Benz also offers a class-leading infotainment system. These two are closely matched, yet the BMW costs a bit more than the A-Class. What does that extra get you? More cargo space.

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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs. Audi A3

A redesigned A3 is due soon, sold as a 2022 model (Audi is skipping the 2021 model year), and we expect a proven performer will get even better. You can look for a sharp new exterior style to go along with a turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive and raft of driver assistance features. It'll potentially offer larger cabin and cargo space to make it an even more compelling choice. Worth waiting for if you can be patient.

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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe vs. Cadillac CT4

If the entry-level luxury class feels a bit too European, it’s not your imagination. The CT4 offers an American alternative, and a good one at that. The standard engine makes more power than the A-Class, and an even stronger 310-hp engine is also available on the base trim. The CT4 also offers playful rear-wheel-drive dynamics. Interior quality is a bit of a letdown, especially given its higher price tag, although a longer warranty helps ease some of the disappointment.

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FAQ

Is the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 2 Series Gran Coupe both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 2 Series Gran Coupe gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 28 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 2 Series Gran Coupe has 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe:

  • Front-wheel drive now standard
  • Navigation, Android Auto and satellite radio now standard
  • Start of the first Gran Coupe generation introduced for 2020
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Is the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe reliable?

To determine whether the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 2 Series Gran Coupe. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 2 Series Gran Coupe's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 2 Series Gran Coupe and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 2 Series Gran Coupe is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe?

The least-expensive 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 228i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $35,700.

Other versions include:

  • 228i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $35,700
  • 228i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $37,700
  • M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $45,500
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What are the different models of BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe?

If you're interested in the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, the next question is, which 2 Series Gran Coupe model is right for you? 2 Series Gran Coupe variants include 228i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 228i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of 2 Series Gran Coupe models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Overview

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is offered in the following submodels: 2 Series Gran Coupe Sedan, 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive. Available styles include 228i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 228i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 2 Series Gran Coupe 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 2 Series Gran Coupe.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 2 Series Gran Coupe featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

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2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 228i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 228i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,945. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 228i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,003 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 228i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 10% below the MSRP.

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2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 228i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 228i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,245. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 228i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,933 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,933 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $38,312.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 228i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 9.3% below the MSRP.

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2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,995. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,549 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,549 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $47,446.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 8.7% below the MSRP.

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