New 2018 BMW 2 Series Coupe
BMW 2 Series Coupe
The 2018 BMW 2 Series is small, nimble and sophisticated. It’s also the most affordable car in the BMW lineup.
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The 2018 BMW 2 Series hearkens back to a time when BMWs were small, sporty cars that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Unlike those early cars, however, the 2 Series is a thoroughly modern design loaded with BMW’s best technology and performance features. In contrast to front-drive competitors like the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA, the 2 Series routes power to its rear wheels, although both the 230i and M240i do offer the option of all-wheel drive. Power for the 230i comes from a brilliant turbocharged 4-cylinder engine good for 248 horsepower; the M240i exceeds expectations with a 335-horsepower turbocharged inline-6. We only wish the slick 6-speed manual available on the rear-drive cars was also available on all-wheel-drive models.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re looking for 4 Series performance without 4 Series monthly payments, the 2 Series deserves a good long look. Pocket the savings or put it toward some desirable options. If you’re looking for a coupe in this segment, the 2 Series is the only game in town.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you regularly carry rear-seat passengers, you’ll be better off with a 4-door like the Audi A3 or Infiniti QX30. Those looking for a hybrid or diesel option will have to look elsewhere. A well-equipped Acura ILX costs less than a base model 2 Series.
What's New for 2018
Changes to the 2018 BMW 2 Series are minimal this year. A new instrument panel, new color options and two new wheel designs mark the most notable changes, along with new LED headlights and taillights.
Tossable, light and nimble, the 2018 BMW 2 Series is a true enthusiast’s car, the modern-day equivalent of great BMWs like the 2002ti and 320i. Regardless of the numeral on the trunklid, the 2 Series is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of whoever gets behind the wheel. Both the 230i and M240i possess abundant power, exceptional suspension tuning and a manual gearbox that is sure to please anyone even remotely fond of rowing their own gears. Those with deep pockets can get even more thrills from the 365-horsepower M2. The 2 Series’ small dimensions make it easy to live with in crowded city confines, and despite its enthusiast nature, the littlest BMW returns surprisingly good fuel economy. The EPA rates the 230i with an automatic transmission at 35-mpg highway, but during our time with the car we managed to see nearly 38 mpg.
The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in the 230i is one of the most powerful and refined engines of its kind on the planet. Generating 248 horsepower and a zero-to-60-mph run in under six seconds, this engine is perfectly suited to the needs of today’s driver, as is its 35-mpg highway fuel-economy rating.
For city dwellers the thought of parallel parking can be stressful. Thankfully, the 2 Series can be ordered with BMW’s Parking Assistant that does all the hard work, leaving the driver to operate the gear selector, brake and gas.
The 2018 BMW 2 Series has seating for four, but its rear seats are best used for very small people or extra storage. Materials are high-quality, and the interior’s fit and finish are impressive. BMW interiors are never overly ornate, and the interior of the new BMW 2 Series is simple and elegant. Seat comfort is exceptional as is the driving position. The gauges are clear and concise. Above the center dash sits a high-res color screen that displays navigation, audio and other info. It’s controlled by BMW's now familiar iDrive rotary dial below the gearshift.
Although we wouldn’t call it the prettiest BMW, we like the muscular proportions of BMW’s 2018 2 Series. This is a very attractive little 2-door, with an aggressive stance, dramatically swept headlights, BMW’s now-signature L-shaped taillights, and a beautifully tapered roofline. Befitting the "M" designation, the M240i dials up the visual muscularity to back up its additional performance. It boasts a deeper front spoiler, larger air intakes, contoured rocker panels, and a unique rear lower valance. Like most drop-tops, the convertibles look better top-down. Both offer 13.8 cubic feet of trunk space, marginally better than the Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Acura rivals.
Notable Standard Equipment
The base-model 2018 BMW 230i coupe and convertible come standard with 8-way manually adjustable front seats, sport front seats, a 60/40-split rear seat, a 10-speaker audio system with a 6.5-inch display and HD Radio, keyless push-button start, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers and 17-inch wheels with all-season tires. The standard powertrain is a spectacular 248-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder backed by an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters, auto start/stop and rear-wheel drive. The 4-year/50,000-mile warranty is also standard, as is BMW Ultimate Care, which includes free scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles.
Notable Optional Equipment
All-wheel drive is available on all models, as well as a Track Handling Package. The Handling package lowers the car by 10 mm, includes Adaptive M suspension with Comfort and Sport settings, variable sport steering, larger M Sport brakes and high-performance tires. At $2,300 for the 230i coupe without the M Sport packages it's a very good deal. Other options include a highly recommended Driver Assistance package that bundles together a rearview camera with active guidelines and front and rear parking sensors, and a Cold Weather Package that includes heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
Under the Hood
The 2018 BMW 230i gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine putting out 248 horsepower, and routing it to the rear or all four wheels (RWD, AWD) through either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission. The M240i uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6, boasting 335 horsepower and also available with the same drivetrain options. To help improve fuel economy in the city, all 230i models include an auto-stop/start function that shuts off the engine at complete stops. And its 248 horsepower gives it the title of the most powerful base model in its class. In fact, its excellent performance will make you question whether the 80 extra horsepower you get in the M240i is worth the money.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (230i)
248 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/35 mpg (automatic, RWD), 21/32 mpg (manual, RWD), 24/33 mpg (automatic, AWD), 24/34 mpg (convertible, RWD), 23/33 mpg (convertible, AWD)
3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 (M240i)
335 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg (automatic, RWD), 19/28 mpg (manual, RWD), 21/30 mpg (automatic, AWD), 18/27 mpg (convertible, manual), 21/30 mpg (convertible, automatic), 21/30 mpg (convertible, AWD)
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 BMW 230i starts reasonably, right around $36,000 including the $995 destination charge. The 2018 BMW M240i Coupe starts around $46,500. AWD on either model costs an extra $2,000. Order all the options, and you'll wind up with a 230i and M240i costing about $50,000 and $55,000, respectively. Convertible models add about $5,500 to the price of a 230i coupe, or about $4,600 to the price of an M240i. The Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA start a grand or two lower. The less refined Acura ILX starts even lower, around $29,000, but you lose performance and cachet in the bargain. Check out Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price Tool before heading to the dealership. We expect the 2018 BMW 2 Series coupe to retain slightly above-average residual values, better than the Acura ILX, on par with the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA.
BMW 2 Series Consumer Reviews
December 01, 2018
Great weekend car. Fast, fun to drive, fuel efficient. Very nice fit and finish on this car
June 06, 2018
best car ever
Ive owned BMWs, Mercedes, Alfas and Porsches cars over forty years. This car is the best ever. So much fun to drive. So responsive...
June 01, 2018
One fun little sport coupe
This is one fun little sport coupe. Easily tossable and extremely quick. A pint size road warrior with the heart of a much larger car....
September 23, 2017
From a 350z to the 240i x-drive, great improvement
I give the steering and design 9/10 (the 350z is better looking by far) and everything else a 10. With x-drive in canada this thing is a...
August 04, 2017
Fantastic BMW driving experience
Being my first car, its going to hard for me to get something that matches the fun of this. Its light, agile and very fun to throw...
March 16, 2017
Seats are not very comfortable on long drives
This is the greatest car. However the seats are very uncomfortable.
October 11, 2016
Second BMW I've owned, very pleased.
I bought this car brand new about 2 years ago (M235i). It is an exceptional little machine. It is the perfect mix between sport and...
September 06, 2016
Third BMW I have owned - the best
I bought a 135 in 2008 and loved it. Four years later traded it for a 335i sedan (first non-coupe and automatic transmission I had...
August 24, 2016
I definitely recommend this vehicle!
So this is my first new car and I am very happy to say that I am in love. This car is everything you want. Its fast yet good on gas,...
August 12, 2016
Overall great car! Excellent accelaration.
In addition to an excellent acceleration a gas millage and handling is great.
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