2021 BMW 2 Series

MSRP range: $41,850 - $52,950
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MSRP$42,845
Edmunds suggests you pay$41,015

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2021 BMW 2 Series Review

  • Impressive power and strong fuel economy
  • Sporty handling without sacrificing ride comfort
  • Well-crafted interior with plenty of features
  • Back seats are cramped
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility is now standard
  • Luxury Line and Track Handling packages are no longer offered
  • Part of the first 2 Series generation introduced for 2014

The 2021 BMW 2 Series is a bit of an anachronism. It's a small, relatively lightweight and highly entertaining two-door luxury car. Available as both a coupe and convertible, the 2 Series feels like a bit of a throwback for BMW, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's nimble and athletic in a way that few cars today are. It's fun to drive thanks to a pair of turbocharged engines and a suspension that's sporty but not uncomfortable. The fact that you can still get it with a manual transmission is even more of a bonus. The interior is handsome, even if the design is starting to feel a bit dated. This car did make its debut back in 2014, though we expect a new model to roll out soon.

There are few competitors in this class, and most rivals to the 2 Series are four-door sedans. Those include the Audi A3, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and CLA as well as the four-door BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe (a wholly different vehicle that's reviewed separately). The few coupes and convertibles at this price point are more traditional sports cars such as the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Those cars are larger and more powerful, but they're not nearly as well appointed as the BMW.

While it may not share the same name, the 2 Series feels like a spiritual successor to older, smaller BMW 3 Series models. And on-paper figures and stats don't tell the whole story with this car. The current 2 Series coupe and convertible might be nearing the end of their lives, but we still think they're charming and entertaining machines.

Which 2 Series does Edmunds recommend?

While we love the buttery smooth engine in the M240i, we think most people will be more than satisfied with the base 230i trim. It's still plenty quick and is available with most of the M240i's features.
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BMW 2 Series models

The 2021 BMW 2 Series is available as both a coupe and convertible in two trim levels: 230i and 240i. The 230i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four (248 horsepower, 258 lb-ft), while the M240i gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six (335 hp, 368 lb-ft). Rear-wheel drive is standard, and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is available as an option. An eight-speed automatic is standard on all models. A manual transmission is available as a no-cost option on rear-wheel-drive 230i and M240i coupes and the M240i convertible.

230i
Standard equipment is the same for both the coupe and convertible styles. Features include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights and foglights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Keyless ignition
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Every 2 Series also comes with:

  • Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Forward collision warning (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front)
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)

Options on the 230i include:

  • Convenience package
    • Keyless entry
    • Auto-dimming mirrors
    • Adjustable lumbar
    • Ambient lighting
    • Moonroof
  • M Sport package
    • Convenience package features
    • 18-inch wheels
    • Aluminum interior trim with blue accents
    • M Sport suspension
    • M Sport steering wheel
    • Sportier exterior trim
  • Premium package
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Navigation
    • Universal garage opener
  • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the BMW and the car in front)
  • Harman Kardon audio system

M240i
The M240i includes the 230i's standard equipment except for the foglights and adds:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Keyless entry
  • Moonroof
  • M steering wheel
  • Standard Convenience package features

Options include:

  • Premium package
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Navigation
  • Harman Kardon audio system
  • Wireless charging pad
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Consumer reviews

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

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
2 total reviews
5 star reviews: 100%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • handling & steering
  • ride quality
  • driving experience
  • comfort
  • seats
  • interior
  • acceleration

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Feisty, fun-to-drive and liveable coupe
Nick K.,
230i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Mine is a 2021 230i MSport with 6 speed manual (Edmunds, get with the program on the review model choices, please), custom ordered and picked up 1/15/20. I was going to get the base suspension but my sales rep recommended the MSport based on my needs and wants, and I'm glad of that recommendation now. The car comes with performance non-runflats/top speed limiter increased from 130 to 155, which is academic in the U.S. but a nice to know. My experience so far is that the car has bags of personality and feels neutral and agile on back roads. The interior quality is high and the climate control holds a temperature well. The only complaint I have so far is the electrically assisted power steering, which lacks the feedback that the E90 325i I had a few years ago gave. Sport mode makes it heavier, but doesn't really add feel. In this respect, the Camaro has a better system. But overall I love the car. It's fast, comfortable, looks great in a slightly stubby way. It's a terrier in dog terms, or a light agile fighter as an aviation reference. More sports car than GT -- I imagine the 4 series filling that role. It is obviously less powerful than the six, but the M240xi, for instance, weighs 300lbs more, much of it over the front end. I drove that brutally fast car recently but found that I prefer this for its friendly nature and better balance. The manual may be slightly slower but who's measuring, and it transforms the experience.The cockpit is a great office -- everything readily at hand with good, simple analogue instrumentation.
5/5 stars, Awesome combo of sport and luxury
socalh2oskier,
M240i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Sadly, 2021 is the last year of the BMW M240i convertible. Unfortunately, the market just isn't there for sporty convertibles. Too bad, because this is one heck of a car. Superb handling. Outstanding acceleration. Surprisingly smooth and comfortable ride. The front seats are fantastic. Everything in this car fits and works together like a well-oiled swiss watch. It is an absolute joy to drive. It feels solid. It is dependable. The only shortcoming is the steering. The electric steering has no feel whatsoever. The old hydraulic setup from the 1 series was much better. But that is the only con. One caveat-if you buy one--get non-run-flat tires. It makes all the difference in the world. The car will handle better, and, most importantly, will have a much smoother ride.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$41,850
MPG & Fuel
23 City / 33 Hwy / 27 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.7 gal. capacity
Seating
4 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 248 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 174.7 in. / Height: 55.6 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: 78.1 in.
Overall Width without Mirrors: 69.8 in.
Curb Weight: 3680 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 11.8 cu.ft.

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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

2021 BMW 2 Series

2021 BMW 2 Series

2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

BMW 2 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is our top-rated small luxury sedan. It distills most everything we like about Mercedes' larger cars in a smaller, more affordable package. It's comfortable and well appointed, and it's available with tons of features. It's not as quiet as we expect a luxury car to be, though, and some of the driver aids are overly sensitive. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

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

BMW 2 Series vs. Audi A3

The Audi A3 sedan is getting long in the tooth, though a revised model is on its way soon. The A3 is comfortable and fun to drive, and its turbocharged engines provide plenty of grunt without a huge hit to fuel economy. Its trunk is smaller than the 2 Series' cargo area, though the Audi's rear seat offers more passenger space than the BMW's. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Audi A3.

Compare BMW 2 Series & Audi A3 features 

BMW 2 Series vs. BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

The 2 Series Gran Coupe might share a name with the regular 2 Series, but the two vehicles are very different animals. Despite the name, the Gran Coupe is actually a four-door sedan. It offers more passenger and cargo space than the regular 2 Series, and it feels much more modern inside. That said, it's not nearly as entertaining to drive, and we found the ride a bit stiff.

Compare BMW 2 Series & BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe features 

FAQ

Is the BMW 2 Series a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 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 11.8 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 2021 BMW 2 Series?

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

  • Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility is now standard
  • Luxury Line and Track Handling packages are no longer offered
  • Part of the first 2 Series generation introduced for 2014
Learn more

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 2021 BMW 2 Series a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW 2 Series is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 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 2021 BMW 2 Series?

The least-expensive 2021 BMW 2 Series is the 2021 BMW 2 Series 230i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $41,850.

Other versions include:

  • M240i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $52,950
  • 230i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $43,850
  • M240i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $50,950
  • 230i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $41,850
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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 M240i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 230i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), M240i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 230i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of 2 Series models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 BMW 2 Series

2021 BMW 2 Series Overview

The 2021 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 M240i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), M240i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 230i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 230i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 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 230i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). BMW 2 Series models are available with a 3.0 L-liter gas engine or a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 335 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 BMW 2 Series comes with all wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 BMW 2 Series 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?

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

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW 2 Series and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 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 2021 BMW 2 Series?

2021 BMW 2 Series 230i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW 2 Series 230i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,845. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 2 Series 230i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $1,830 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,830 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,015.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW 2 Series 230i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 4.3% below the MSRP.

2021 BMW 2 Series 230i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW 2 Series 230i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,845. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 2 Series 230i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $1,875 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,875 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $42,970.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW 2 Series 230i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 4.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 BMW 2 Series 230i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 BMW 2 Series M240i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW 2 Series M240i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,945. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 2 Series M240i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $2,302 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,302 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $49,643.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW 2 Series M240i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 4.4% below the MSRP.

2021 BMW 2 Series M240i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW 2 Series M240i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $53,945. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 2 Series M240i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $3,120 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,120 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $50,825.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW 2 Series M240i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 5.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 BMW 2 Series M240i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 BMW 2 Serieses are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 BMW 2 Series?

2021 BMW 2 Series M240i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
24 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/30 highway MPG

2021 BMW 2 Series M240i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
24 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/30 highway MPG

2021 BMW 2 Series 230i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
24 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/30 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG24
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement3.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase105.9 in.
Length175.9 in.
WidthN/A
Height55.2 in.
Curb Weight3944 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 BMW 2 Series?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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