2020 BMW 2 Series

What’s new

  • For 2020, the 2 Series receives only minor cosmetic changes
  • Part of the first 2 Series generation introduced for 2014

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive power with strong fuel economy
  • Sporty handling without sacrificing ride comfort
  • Well-crafted interior with plenty of features
  • Back seats are cramped
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MSRP Starting at
$35,300

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2020 BMW 2 Series Review

Vehicles have been getting bigger and bigger, leaving fewer choices for the select buyer who is seeking something more compact. Thankfully, the 2020 BMW 2 Series satisfies the desire for a smaller alternative.

Up until this model year, the 2 Series has only been offered in coupe form, which kept it from competing directly against the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the Audi A3. For 2020, the 2 Series expands with the introduction of the Gran Coupe, a four-door version that is covered in a separate review. Our initial reactions to the larger 2 Series are very favorable, complicating your shopping decision in a most delightful way. Most significantly, it offers a great deal more rear-seat space than the coupe.

But if you don't need the extra passenger space, the 2 Series coupe will definitely satisfy. It has a fantastic blend of performance, comfort and refinement, especially for the price. Thanks to the large trunk capacity, it's also rather practical. Don't let the price fool you, the 2020 BMW 2 Series is a legitimate luxury sport coupe that deserves the badge and your attention.

Which 2 Series does Edmunds recommend?

The vast majority of drivers will find the base 230i to their liking since it has more than enough power and overall performance. Despite its entry-level position, you won't feel as though you're getting anything less than a legitimate BMW.

BMW 2 Series models

The 2020 BMW 2 Series is available as either a coupe or convertible in 230i and M240i trims that are mainly distinguished by engines. The 230i coupe is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (248 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque). The M240i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder (335 hp, 369 lb-ft).

Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. A six-speed manual is available at no additional cost, but it is not offered with the 230i convertible. All-wheel drive is available as an option for all models and requires the automatic transmission.

The 230i coupe's standard features include 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, parking sensors, automatic wipers, selectable drive modes, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated-leather upholstery, power-adjustable front sport seats, driver-seat memory functions, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, and a seven-speaker sound system.

Standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning with automatic braking at city speeds, lane departure warning and a drowsy driver warning system. The 230i convertible comes with a power-folding fabric top and a mesh wind deflector, but the rear seats feature only a ski pass-through and do not fold flat.

Stepping up to the M240i coupe or convertible adds 18-inch wheels, an auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirror, a sunroof (coupe only), sporty exterior flourishes, a rear spoiler, a sport exhaust, an adaptive suspension, upgraded brakes and satellite radio.

Many of the M240i's extra features are available as options on the 230i. One major option package to consider is the Premium package, which gets you a navigation system, BMW remote services, Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Other add-ons include adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, leather upholstery, a universal garage door opener, a wireless charging pad, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.


Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 4.5 stars based on 4 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, ELEGANT ROAD BEAST
KFORD,
M240i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

Okay, our 4th back to back BMW. We’ve had specially built, delivered and experienced the 128i, the X5 (still own), the i3 and now the 2020 M240i convertible. I’m 100% a tech geek and the math/engineering behind BMW’s (or any car) matters. My beautiful wife appreciates the style and the power. After studying countless video’s and data across a range of luxury coupes we have NO REGRET in picking (and stuffing it with options) the M240i convertible. I must admit, I really wanted Heads Up Display (HUD) and Blind Spot Indicating System (BLIS) which are not offered as options but the truth is the fun we have in the cockpit easily compensates (e.g. too busy driving and having fun for HUD or BLIS to be missed) and rarely can any vehicle not be detected with the large rear-view mirror range along with the small and JET PROPELLED platform. It’s not hard to say the M240i convertible is an ELEGANT ROAD BEAST (0-60 in 4.4) and is one of the best handling small coupes you can buy, certainly at our budget we set of 60K (which we maxed with taxes, fees, and some optional ding/dent coverages). Are the options worth it? HELL TO THE YES! Every last one! Why buy a baseline BMW??? If you get one - GET A GOOD ONE and enjoy life. I’m a military vet, disabled/beat-up and with all the time spent behind the wheel, I want to feel special and be in an environment where I can separate from the chaos, listen to fuel based engine noise perfected by science/math and get the right response when I press on the gas. No, the interior is not a Bentley but the M240i is 100% fun and when others are breaking into a turn I’m accelerating through it in complete confidence. And, though I never want to be on Live PD I must admit keeping this perfectly balanced smile-maker under 100 mph is NOT easy, especially with the top down and an “M badge” on my ass. LOVE THE M240i!

5 out of 5 stars, Practical sports coupe
Mesdmd,
230i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2 series is a perfect size if you want a fun car to drive that is practical for daily use. Great driving dynamics . The 230i is not underpowered going 0-60 in 5.3 second.

4 out of 5 stars, Great Small Personal Car
ScottT,
230i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

I love the car. Perfect size for a personal car, handles really well, good power (230i M Sport). This is my third one or two series car. I do not, however, like the intrusiveness of the electronics; throwing the car into park while its moving if a door is open, inability to modify warning tone volumes beyond a very small range, parking warning that doesn't go off when approaching a high curb so you might hit it, but goes off when you turn the car back on and back up to leave, and more. I would also prefer to give up some trunk space for a space saver spare tire rather than run-flats.

4 out of 5 stars, Get it now?
Chuck7,
230i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Looks like 2020 is it for this convertible, other than not usable back seat this is a solid ride, safe machine, with top down it is a fun under 47k sports car drive.

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Features & Specs

230i 2dr Coupe features & specs
230i 2dr Coupe
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$35,300
MPG 24 city / 32 hwy
SeatingSeats 4
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower248 hp @ 5200 rpm
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M240i 2dr Coupe features & specs
M240i 2dr Coupe
3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$45,800
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
SeatingSeats 4
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower335 hp @ 5500 rpm
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M240i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD features & specs
M240i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD
3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$47,800
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
SeatingSeats 4
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower335 hp @ 5500 rpm
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230i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD features & specs
230i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$37,300
MPG 21 city / 31 hwy
SeatingSeats 4
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower248 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 2 Series safety features:

BMW Assist eCall
Automatically calls for help in the event of a collision and also lets passengers request roadside assistance by pushing a single button.
Forward Collision Warning
Alerts you if the system detects a possible front collision and automatically applies the brakes if you don't react in time.
Lane Departure Warning
Warns with audible and visual alerts if you begin to drift out of your lane.
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 vs. the competition

BMW 2 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is our top-ranked entry-level luxury sedan. But since the 2 Series has only been offered as a coupe, BMW has been out of the running. Until now. A new 2 Series Gran Coupe is on the way, and our initial reactions are very favorable. It's sportier than the Mercedes, yet there's no appreciable sacrifice as a result.

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BMW 2 Series vs. Audi A3

The Audi A3 delivers performance that approaches the 2 Series and gets similar accolades for interior quality and comfort. It's also a few thousand dollars less than the BMW, but its back seats are also just as limiting for passengers. Points are further deducted for the tiny trunk capacity that is even smaller with all-wheel drive.

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BMW 2 Series vs. Audi A5

Pricing for the Audi A5 starts at the top of the range for the 2 Series, but it's also in a slightly elevated class of vehicles. The interior is a bit nicer, and the larger footprint means it has more rear passenger space. We pile on more points for its strong performance and generous features list. Our criticisms are minor and include a lack of interior storage.

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FAQ

Is the BMW 2 Series a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 2 Series both on the road and at the track. You probably care about BMW 2 Series fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 2 Series gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg to 27 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 has 13.8 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. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 BMW 2 Series?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 BMW 2 Series:

  • For 2020, the 2 Series receives only minor cosmetic changes
  • Part of the first 2 Series generation introduced for 2014
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Is the BMW 2 Series reliable?
To determine whether the BMW 2 Series is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 2 Series. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 2 Series's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 BMW 2 Series a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 BMW 2 Series is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 2 Series is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 BMW 2 Series?

The least-expensive 2020 BMW 2 Series is the 2020 BMW 2 Series 230i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $35,300.

Other versions include:

  • 230i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $35,300
  • M240i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $45,800
  • M240i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $47,800
  • 230i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $37,300
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What are the different models of BMW 2 Series?
If you're interested in the BMW 2 Series, the next question is, which 2 Series model is right for you? 2 Series variants include 230i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), M240i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), M240i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 230i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of 2 Series models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 BMW 2 Series

2020 BMW 2 Series Overview

The 2020 BMW 2 Series is offered in the following submodels: 2 Series M240i, 2 Series M240i xDrive, 2 Series Coupe, 2 Series Convertible. Available styles include 230i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 230i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 230i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), M240i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), M240i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), M240i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 230i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and M240i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2020 BMW 2 Series?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 BMW 2 Series and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 2 Series 4.5 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 2020 2 Series.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 BMW 2 Series and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 2 Series 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

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 BMW 2 Series?

2020 BMW 2 Series M240i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 BMW 2 Series M240i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,795. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW 2 Series M240i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,559 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,559 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,236.

The average savings for the 2020 BMW 2 Series M240i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 7.6% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 BMW 2 Series?

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