The BMW 2 Series is a complicated vehicle to sort out. For years, this pint-sized luxury car was only available as a rear- or all-wheel-drive coupe or convertible. Then, in 2020, the 2 Series Gran Coupe threw BMW's entry-level lineup into chaos. Rather than simply being a four-door version of the base car (don't get us started on BMW's insistence on calling its sedans "Gran Coupe"), the 2 Series Gran Coupe was a completely different vehicle based on front-wheel-drive architecture. It didn't bode well for the aging 2 Series two-door — would its successor switch to FWD as well, or would it simply disappear from the lineup?
2022 BMW 2 Series
The 2022 BMW 2 Series will initially launch in two configurations. First up is the rear-wheel-drive 230i coupe. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque — a bump of 7 hp and 37 lb-ft compared to the current model. Curiously, this also coincides with a slower 0-60 mph time. BMW says the new 230i will sprint to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, though the previous 230i was able to hit the same target in 5.3 seconds. We can't offer a definitive explanation as to why this is, but it's worth noting that BMW's published specifications suggest the new 230i is about 100 pounds heavier than its predecessor.
The 2 Series might be one of the most budget-friendly models in BMW's lineup, but you can't tell judging by the interior. The overarching design bears a strong similarity to vehicles like the pricer 3 Series and X5. Digital information displays give the cabin a techie vibe, while details such as leatherette-trimmed door handles and textured aluminum-look panels drive home the impression that you've upgraded from a non-luxury coupe.
The interior's centerpiece is an 8.8-inch touchscreen (upgraded to 10.25 inches when you select the Live Cockpit Professional option). It houses BMW's iDrive 7 infotainment system, which brings features such as a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the 2 Series. You also get Sirius 360L, a more robust version of the satellite radio subscription service that includes on-demand content and more channels.
The new 2022 BMW 2 Series throws a kitchen sink's worth of improvements — more power, more technology, an upgraded interior. Can a seemingly perfect sport coupe get even better?