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The BMW 2 Series Coupe - A Guide From Rivervale

The BMW 2 Series Coupe - A Guide From Rivervale

The BMW 2 Series coupe was introduced to the BMW range in 2014 and is having an update for 2017. This coupe combines the practicality of a compact vehicle with sporty looks and a sporty driving feel courtesy of a rear wheel drive layout. 

Our Account Manger Jake, took a look at the 2017 BMW 2 Series Coupe ...


Exterior Features

The updates to the 2 series coupe are subtle on the exterior. The same sloping roof and athletic lines can be found, along with BMW’s shark fin aerial. The double kidney front grille is a new design as are the remodelled LED Headlights. Rain sensing windscreen wipers will activate automatically as will the headlights.

bmw 2 series coupe rear angle


Interior Features

Inside the 2 Series coupe, there is plenty of space for 5 passengers with Isofix on each of the rear outer seats and a boot capacity of 390 litres. The driver has a multifunction sport steering wheel to control features such as speed limiter and radio volume.

"The interior of the BMW 2 Series Coupe has clearly improved in clarity.  It creates harmonious ambience of calmness and strength" ~ Oliver Heilmer, Head of Interior Design, BMW Automobile

As part of BMW Drive Performance Control there are several driving modes to choose from. Comfort, is for day to day driving, ECO PRO maximises fuel use and Sport and Sport+ modes cover the times when you want to feel the thrill of a sports inspired driving style on your journey.

bmw 2 series coupe interior


A colour touchscreen display dominates the centre of the dashboard, with an easy to navigate display of 6 tiles to control; navigation, media, communication, ConnectedDrive, My Vehicle and messaging functions.


Which Engines are Available in the BMW 2 Series?

There are 8 engines to choose from in total. The 4 petrol choices start with the most frugal 218i which produces 136 HP while achieving up to 50.4 mpg with CO2 emissions of 125g/km. This is also the slowest of both the petrol and diesel engines with a 0-62mph time of 8.8 seconds. The range then moves through the 220i with 184 HP and 230i with 252 HP to the performance model the M240i. This performance model is the most powerful of all the engines with 340 HP, it is the fastest with a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds and top speed of 155mph. It is also the most polluting with CO2 emissions of 173g/km and has the lowest mpg figure of 36.2mpg.

bmw 2 series coupe headlights The 4 diesel engines begin with the 218d which has the highest mpg of the petrol and diesel engines at 65.7mpg and is the least polluting of all the engines with CO2 emissions of 116g/km. The other options are the 220d with 190 HP or the 225d with 224HP. The diesel engines also offer the option of BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive with the 220d xDrive, perfect for when road conditions might be a little more challenging. The xDrive engine has the highest CO2 emissions of the range at 124g/km and the lowest mpg of the diesel engines at 60.1mpg.

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If you choose a BMW 2 Series with the sport trim and automatic transmission you will have access to what BMW call ‘Launch Control’. This feature gives you maximum acceleration from standing for a thrilling start to your journey. To unleash this feature, put your car into Sport+ mode and move the selector lever into the S position, depress the brake firmly then swap to the accelerator pedal and hang on tight!

The entire BMW 2 Series range employ BMW’s award winning BMW Efficient Dynamics technologies. These features ensure your vehicle is not wasting any energy by using the following; auto stop/start, brake energy regeneration, ECO Pro driving mode, Electric power steering, lightweight materials, optimum shift indicator and tyres with reduced rolling resistance. These features ensure you have the most efficient vehicle possible from the engine to the body shaping.

bmw 2 series coupe side angle

Technology and Driver Assistance Features

As with all vehicles, BMW has made sure you can connect to your BMW in a range of features called BMW ConnectedDrive. Via an app you can check if doors are locked, fuel levels and even be guided back to your vehicle if you have forgotten where you parked. You can also communicate information from your smart phone to your car such as appointments, the BMW app can send you reminders when you need to leave and the route can be ready and waiting in the navigation system, time of arrival or any delays in your journey can be communicated to you.

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Alongside steering wheel controls and a colour touchscreen, the BMW 2 Series can also recognise a range of everyday phrases and respond such as ‘call mum’ or ‘drive home’. Voice control makes it even easy for you to stay connected to the world outside of the car without taking your hands off the wheel.

Later in 2017 BMW ConnectedDrive will also see the addition of on street parking information. Details of parking availability will be relayed to the navigation system so you can see at a glance where you have the best chance of finding a parking space.

BMW 2 Series Safety Features and Driver Aids

  • Driving Assistance with approach and person warning and light city braking function will let you know if there are any other vehicles or pedestrians in your path of travel.
  • Lane Departure Warning will watch your blind spot for you and let you know if there is an obstruction when you indicate to change lanes
  • Active Cruise Control and Speed Limiter with Stop and Go will take the stress out of slow moving traffic for you by controlling speed to ensure you remain a safe distance from the car above, while you concentrate on steering.
  • Parking Assistant will assume control of the steering to guide you effortlessly into a parking space, as the driver you will need to control the speed of the car and keep your hands off the wheel.

The BMW 2 Series has 4 trim levels to choose from; SE provides everything you will need to get on the road, Sport and M Sport trim levels becoming increasingly sporty and luxurious with the final M2, which offers the highest levels of performance, style and comfort. Examples of the features that can be found in each trim level are detailed in the table below;

BMW 2 Series Coupe Model Range

SE  Sport, in addition to or in replacement of SE feature M Sport, in addition to or in replacement of SE features M240i, in addition to or in replacement of SE features 
17" light Y spoke style alloy wheels17" light double spoke style alloy wheels18" light alloy M star spoke style wheels 18" light alloy M double spoke style wheels 
Single zone automatic air conditioningAmbient lighting Ambient lighting Two zone control automatic air conditioning 
Bluetooth/USB Drive Performance Control with Sport+. Sport, Comfort and ECO PRO modes Drive Performance Control with Sport+, Sport, Comfort and ECO-PRO modes BMW mobility system 
BMW Connected Drive Exclusive door sill finishers with BMW designation Full black panel display Dakota leather upholstery 
BMW professional DAB radio Sport instrument cluster Headlight wash Model specific M aerodynamic bodystyling 
6.5" colour display touchscreen Front sport seats Hexagon, cloth/Alcantara upholstery, Anthracite M Performance TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line petrol engine 
Drive Performance Control with ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport modes Track cloth upholstery M aerodynamic body styling M rear spoiler 
Run flat tyresLED Headlight, foglights and rear light bars M sport suspension M sport braking system 
Sport multi-function steering wheel Rear Park Distance Control Front sport seats Automatically dimming rear view mirror 
Speed Limiter Automatic windscreen wipers LED Headlight, foglights and rear light bars Variable sport steering 
Move cloth upholsteryAutomatic headlight activationRear Park Distance Control LED Headlight, foglights and rear light bars 
 Tyre pressure monitoring systemAutomatic windscreen wipers Rear Park Distance Control 
  Automatic headlight activationAutomatic windscreen wipers 
  Tyre pressure monitoring systemAutomatic headlight activation
   Tyre pressure monitoring system

The BMW 2 Series Coupe begins at £23,530. If the coupe isn’t for you the 2 Series also includes a convertible, Active Tourer and Gran Tourer.

The comments above do not necessarily reflect Rivervale's views unless clearly stated.

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7 June 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy
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