2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive

MSRP range: $45,500
4.3 out of 5 stars(4)
MSRP $51,995
Edmunds suggests you pay $49,444

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2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive 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
  • Part 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 M235i's upgraded equipment — including a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension and more powerful brakes — creates thrills worthy of the extra badging. It's a costly but welcome addition to the 2 Series Gran Coupe.
The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is wonderfully responsive and makes plentiful power throughout the rev range. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph took 5.0 seconds in our testing, and standard M Sport brakes deliver on both power and pedal feel. Panic stops from 60 mph were done in a scant 107 feet.

The 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i stays flat enough around turns. The front-biased all-wheel-drive system will noticeably add power to the rear wheels for extra traction and dynamic accuracy. It's a fun sensation especially paired with quick and confident steering. The shifts are quick, abrupt and often dramatic.
Expect a firm ride from both the seats and the suspension. You will feel bumps in the road, but at least the optional M Sport front seats provide the support necessary for aggressive driving. Thankfully, the seats offer a wide range of adjustability and lumbar support.

You will notice tire noise at low speeds, and there is wind noise at higher speeds, but they are kept at appropriate levels for a sport-tuned sedan. You're still able to hold conversations without shouting and, after all, it's part of the trade-off for its performance. There is still a touch of luxury: The climate control system is easy to operate and works quickly.
There is a lot of room up front and the wide-opening doors make it easy to slide in. The driving position always feels slightly elevated compared to typical sedans, though space shouldn't be an issue regardless of your height.

The rear seats are less accommodating. It's easy to get in, but they're better suited to children. Up front there is a commanding road view, but thick pillars and a small rear windshield create awkward angles.
Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard. The iDrive infotainment system's menu layout always seems a little wonky, and Live Cockpit Pro lacks the functionality of competitors. But we applaud the bright, clear screens and standard 10-speaker stereo.

You can activate voice controls via a button or by saying, "Hey, BMW," and the system is reasonably accurate. But it can also prove frustrating at times, lacking total understanding of plainspoken language like, "Find a gas station." Driving assistance aids were welcome without any false collision warnings. Lane keeping assist provides a gentle nudge when you need it.
Cargo space is a highlight for the M235i. The stubby, vaguely crossover-like shape comes in handy, offering a much bigger trunk than competitors. There's underfloor storage, and the rear seats fold flat at the pull of a helpful lever under the trunklid. Interior storage is good too, with lots of options for small items and a handy smartphone grip.

The tight rear seats are not exactly ideal if you're installing a bulky rear-facing car seat, but the doors open wide and the car seat anchors are very accessible.
The M235i posts an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined. This is pretty respectable for a sporty luxury sedan and 1 mpg better than what a rival Audi S3 gets. On our 115-mile test route the M235i achieved 26.2 mpg, which is right in line with its EPA estimate.
This is a costly compact sedan, even for a performance variant, and you have to really like the car to pony up. That said, the M235i is aligned with the Audi S3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 35. The build quality is high, as evidenced by a tastefully sporty interior and a lack of creaks or rattles on the road.

BMW offers pretty standard warranties with both basic and drivetrain coverage for four years/50,000 miles. But the three years/36,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance, four years of roadside assistance, and 12 years of rust protection are impressive indeed.
The M235i is a charming car that amounts to more than the sum of its parts. The strong engine, sharp handling and stability of all-wheel drive help make the 2 Series' ungainly curves start to look a whole lot better.

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: 4.3 stars
4 total reviews
5 star reviews: 50%
4 star reviews: 25%
3 star reviews: 25%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • safety
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • technology
  • driving experience
  • interior
  • handling & steering

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, German Pocket Rocket
Freddie H,
M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I leased my 2021 BMW M235i x drive gran coupe about 1 month ago and I love it. and this is coming from a Mercedes owner and sales person. My 1999 C43 AMG is my garage queen and I was looking for something fun to drive to replace it for daily driving. After being unable to secure a 2021 A35 or CLA 35 AMG ( due to chip shortage and Covid ) I was forced to look elsewhere. I was not familiar with the BMW M235i X drive Gran Coupe and my 15 year old son insisted that I take a look at this vehicle. The closest M235i X drive Gran Coupe was about 45 miles from me so I took to looking at reviews on YouTube and was hooked. I secured my lease online and had it delivered to me the same day and I have been happy ever sense. This vehicle is beautiful to look at and drive. It handles like a proper sports sedan and corners likes it's on rails. The variable exhaust is perfect, just enough growl to sound mean but not loud enough to bother the neighbors. It comes with all the tech toys and safety tech you could ever ask for. If you are looking for a fun to drive sports sedan this one needs to be on your short list.
4/5 stars, Great car, ugly looks
Whiskey,
M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
This car is a blast to drive. It’s fast and nimble and more than gets the job done. Honestly this car would be the perfect car if it looked like the 3 series. The look of this car is so bad I can’t help but think I made the wrong decision every time I look at it. Being inside the car makes me almost forget how much I do not like the looks of this though. It is so fast and coming from a long line of sport cars this car can beat most of them in a sprint. Overall fantastic car if you can get past the looks.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$45,500
MPG & Fuel
23 City / 32 Hwy / 26 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 301 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 331 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 178.5 in. / Height: 55.9 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: 81.9 in.
Overall Width without Mirrors: 70.9 in.
Curb Weight: 3605 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.

Compare BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe & Mercedes-Benz A-Class features 

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.

Compare BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe & Audi A3 features 

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.

Compare BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe & Cadillac CT4 features 

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 8.0 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. 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
  • Part 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 8.0 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 M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $45,500.

Other versions include:

  • 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 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 M235i xDrive Overview

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive is offered in the following styles: M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive 4.3 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 M235i xDrive.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive featuring deep dives into trim levels including M235i xDrive, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive here.

Our Review Process

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What's a good price for a New 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive?

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

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive 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 M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,551 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,551 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $49,444.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 4.9% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive?

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M235i xDrive M235i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
26 compined MPG,
23 city MPG/32 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG26
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger Volume103.0 cu.ft.
Wheelbase105.1 in.
Length178.5 in.
WidthN/A
Height55.9 in.
Curb Weight3605 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe?

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