2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe

What’s new

  • Advanced safety features and parking sensors are now standard
  • 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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Which 2 Series does Edmunds recommend?

The 230i will have more power and performance than the typical driver will need. With a long list of standard equipment and advanced safety features, this entry-level BMW doesn't feel like you're just paying for a badge.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Over the decades, BMWs have gotten bigger, heavier and pricier. If you compare today's 3 Series with its early predecessors, you wouldn't even think they were in the same vehicle class. However, there is one vehicle in the lineup that maintains a relatively close link to those smaller BMWs of the past: the 2019 BMW 2 Series.

Sold as a two-door coupe or convertible, the 2 Series provides entertaining driving dynamics and relative affordability (for a BMW). At its most accessible price, you won't feel as if you're getting a cheaper car with a BMW badge stuck on it. The base 230i is solidly built and now comes with more standard features than before, including a suite of advanced safety features to keep it competitive with most every other car today.

Where the 2 Series really sets itself apart from rivals is in its commanding performance. The 230i's 248-horsepower four-cylinder engine crushes its direct competitors, and the M240i's 335-hp six-cylinder is worthy of that "M" in its name. Both models also deliver sporty handling that doesn't sacrifice comfort in the process.

The main downside to the 2 Series is its two-door layout, which can make getting in and out of the already smallish back seat difficult. Other cars in this price range — such as the Audi A3, the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the forthcoming A-Class — are sedans, making them better choices if you need something more practical. Or for comparable performance at a lower price, you might want to have a look at the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang. Overall, though, we love how the 2019 2 Series maintains the spirit of those old BMWs while providing all of today's innovations.

2019 BMW 2 Series models

The 2019 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 pound-feet 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, LED foglights, front and rear 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 settings, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen with iDrive control, BMW's ConnectedDrive telematics, Bluetooth, a USB input, and a seven-speaker sound system with a CD player and HD radio.

Standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning with automatic braking at city speeds and daytime pedestrian detection, 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.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the BMW 228i Coupe (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | RWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2014, the current 2 Series has received some revisions, including some added standard features in 2016, increased power output, new model names and an updated iDrive system in 2017. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's 2 Series, however.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Driving

Acceleration, braking and handling all combine to make the BMW 2 Series an inspiring performer. With the available M Sport adaptive suspension, the poised handling doesn't come at the expense of comfort. There's a great seat-of-the-pants feel, which instills confidence.

Acceleration

The 2.0-liter turbo engine gets the 2 Series up to 60 mph quicker than pretty much all of its rivals. Whether the 2 Series is storming onto highways or just commuting, shifts from the eight-speed automatic transmission are quick and smooth.

Braking

With the optional M Sport brakes and summer tires, our test vehicle stopped from 60 mph in only 111 feet. During these panic stops, distances were consistent, and the car remained composed and controllable.

Steering

The 2 Series is very responsive. Steering effort is light at low speeds and weights up appropriately when going faster. Feedback is a little lacking, but the M steering wheel feels great in your hands.

Handling

It's an absolute joy to toss the small 2 Series into a series of sharp bends. In Sport Plus mode, the stiffer suspension settings relay all vital information to the driver, and the stability control allows for some thrills.

Drivability

In Comfort or Eco Pro mode, the softer suspension settings and dialed-back throttle response make the 2 Series well-mannered for everyday driving. The stop-start system is quick to respond and requires no forethought from the driver.

Comfort

Even though the BMW 2 Series is sport-focused, its ride quality can still be adjusted to a compliant level. And at least for the front passengers, the level of comfort is exactly what you'd expect from a luxury brand.

Seat comfort

The front sport seats offer adjustments for seat cushion angle and length, with power side bolsters. Tall and short drivers alike will find a perfect position. The rear seats are cramped and suitable for children only.

Ride comfort

The available M Sport adaptive suspension gives the 2 Series a wide range of comfort and performance. Comfort mode admirably smooths out the vast majority of ruts and bumps. But even in Sport mode, bumps are never intrusive.

Noise & vibration

Wind noise is essentially absent, and road noise never rises above barely detectable levels. The little engine noise heard at higher revs sounds slightly burly and pleasing. The amount of insulation is excellent for the class.

Interior

The 2 Series uses interior components from larger and more expensive models in the BMW lineup. The design and quality of materials are close to identical, and as a result, the car exceeds entry-level expectations.

Ease of use

The well-placed and clearly labeled controls simplify operation and are intuitive enough that you don't have to look away from the road to use them. The iDrive interface has a slight learning curve, but it's one of the better systems available.

Getting in/getting out

As small as the 2 Series is, getting in and out of the front seats is relatively pain-free, even in tight parking spaces. There is a long reach back to grab the seat belt, though. The rear seats are best left to smaller passengers.

Roominess

The front seats easily fit taller occupants, with a wealth of headroom and legroom. The rear seats lack both, and the low seat cushions make them suitable for children only. In truth, this is expected from any compact coupe.

Visibility

The forward roof pillars are on the thick side, but overall visibility is commendable. Even without the parking sensors, the car is easy to maneuver into a tight parking spot.

Quality

Everything about the 2 Series has a solid and reassuring feel. The interior materials are top-notch, and all elements are precisely fitted. It is a true BMW from top to bottom.

Utility

There are plenty of pockets and bins in the cabin to hold your small items, and the trunk is bigger than those of most competitors. There are few sacrifices considering the car's small size.

Small-item storage

Many bins, pockets and cupholders adequately accommodate your personal items.

Cargo space

Trunk capacity is above average for the class. Remote latches in the trunk make folding the split rear seats effortless.

Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 5.0 stars based on 9 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, Gives me this silly grin...
Dan,
230i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

...whenever I drive this car. I’ve been a long time Bimmer owner and this model gives me the same “Ultimate Drive” joy similar to when I had the 2003 E46 325i car. It drives crisply, handles well through the curves and actually rides smoother and quieter than the E46. The driver's and passenger's seats are comfortable and supportive with multiple adjustments available including adjustable lumbar support. The rear seats, on the other hand, are basically for shorter drives or individuals shorter than 5½ feet, but since this is my daily drive car, that has not been an issue. The rear seats do fold down providing ample space for carrying more luggage or larger items, provided there’s only two in the car. But, really, the best thing about this car is it brings back that Ultimate Drive euphoria, something BMW has drifted from recently.

5 out of 5 stars, Modern Retro
Chris Kottke,
230i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

This car should remind you of the iconic BMW Model 2002. It has the look, stance and feel with all the modern safety and technology. I couldnt be happier- BMW luxury at a low entry cost, with all the sport you would want-with rear wheel drive! Shop around as you should be able to buy this car in the low to mid thirties. The A3 Quattro woukd be the only reasonable competition for this car.

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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 / 35 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 21 city / 30 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 21 city / 30 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 24 city / 33 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. Audi A3

The Audi A3 is a sedan, but otherwise these two entry-level luxury cars are similar. Both deliver strong overall performance without needlessly sacrificing comfort, and their interiors feature high levels of refinement. On the downside, neither has particularly accommodating back seats. Upgrading to the Audi S3 will keep it competitive against the M240i in terms of price and performance. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Audi A3.

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BMW 2 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Like the Audi A3, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class benefits from two additional doors. It's a notable upgrade from Mercedes' CLA, offering a richer interior, a new MBUX infotainment system, and the latest in safety features. It's not as sporty as the 2 Series, but otherwise the A-Class has some notable advantages.

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BMW 2 Series vs. Audi A5

If you want a luxury coupe that's a little nicer than the 2 Series, the A5 will work out well. It costs about what you'll pay to get the M240i. You don't get as much power as the M240i, but its luxury presence inside and out is a bit elevated. It also has a roomier back seat.

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FAQ

Is the BMW 2 Series a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 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 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 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 2019 BMW 2 Series?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 BMW 2 Series:

  • Advanced safety features and parking sensors are now standard
  • 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 2019 BMW 2 Series a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 BMW 2 Series is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 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 2019 BMW 2 Series?

The least-expensive 2019 BMW 2 Series is the 2019 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 2019 BMW 2 Series

BMWs are known for their luxurious interiors, stirring performance and solid build quality. They're also known for being rather pricey. BMW's entry-level coupe, the 2 Series, manages to deliver all of the thrills and refinement at a price that rivals that of a Ford Mustang GT.

The 2019 BMW 2 Series is available as either a coupe or convertible in 230i and M240i trims, which are mainly distinguished by engines. The 230i coupe is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 248 horsepower, while the M240i gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder with 335 hp.

Standard feature highlights for the 230i include 17-inch wheels, LED and foglights, selectable drive modes, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated-leather upholstery, a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen with the iDrive control, and BMW's ConnectedDrive telematics.

Standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning with automatic braking at city speeds and daytime pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and a drowsy driver warning system. Convertible models come with a power-folding fabric top and a mesh wind deflector.

The 240i coupe adds 18-inch wheels, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, a sunroof, sporty exterior flourishes, a rear spoiler, a sport exhaust, an adaptive suspension, upgraded brakes, a universal garage door opener and satellite radio.

Most features are available as options on supporting trims. The Premium package adds a navigation system, an upgraded instrument panel, remote control of some systems through a smartphone app, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Other add-ons include adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, leather upholstery, a wireless charging pad, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

We recommend the 230i for most drivers and the M240i for more performance-oriented pilots. Depending on which model you choose, the 2019 BMW 2 Series competes well against the Mercedes CLA and the Audi S3. Use all of the tools available at Edmunds to find out which one is best for you.

2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe Overview

The 2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe is offered in the following styles: 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).

What do people think of the 2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 2 Series 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 2019 2 Series Coupe.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 2 Series Coupe featuring deep dives into trim levels including 230i, M240i, M240i 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 2019 BMW 2 Series Coupe here.

Our Review Process

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