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KBB Expert Rating 9.0 / 10
This Car - 2018 BMW 2 Series
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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.

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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)

Pricing Notes

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.

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