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BMW 2 SERIES COUPE

218i [2.0] M Sport 2dr [Nav] Step Auto

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BMW's 2 Series coupe flies the flag for the rear wheel driven part of the 2 Series range. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

For as long as many of us care to remember, if you wanted a well-built coupe that was fun to drive, the path was well-worn one to your local BMW dealer, where you would be inserted into a 3 Series coupe and all was good with the world. Then things changed. The 3 Series grew up a bit and, like that friend of yours who was the life and soul of the party but these days just chases around after his kids making sure they don't spill their Fruit Shoots, lost a bit of its joie de vivre in the change to 4 Series guise. Fortunately, its madcap little brother, the 1 Series Coupe, was still bringing the fun. That car was replaced by the 2 Series Coupe in 2014, a car that's been significantly updated since. The key changes began late in 2015 when a flagship M2 high performance version was announced boasting 370bhp from its 3.0-litre six cylinder petrol powerplant. Then, in the early Summer of 2016, BMW announced an all-new 340bhp TwinPower 3.0-litre straight six petrol unit with 14bhp and 50Nm more grunt than its predecessor, this inserted beneath the bonnet of an M240i variant that replaced the previous M235i model. At the same time, a highly efficient new Baukasten 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine was added to the lesser 184bhp 220i model, while the 245bhp 228i derivative used the same unit in its evolution to 252bhp 230i status. In the early Summer of 2017, the Bavarian brand built on these changes with styling updates, both inside and out.

Driving Experience

Rather encouragingly, BMW has given the 2 Series line-up a serious dose of engine in recent times. Even the entry level models aren't going to hang around. Drive on all models is directed to the back wheels and you get to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox or the quite brilliant eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The range kicks off with a 1.5-litre 136hp three cylinder 218i petrol variant. Diesel options include the 150hp 218d and the 190hp 220d. The 220d diesel variant will be the most popular of the trio, serving up a tall stack of torque, with 380Nm available from just 1,750rpm. The key developments in recent years though, have centred around changes to the petrol line-up thanks to a redesigned Baukasten 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and a revised 3.0-litre straight six. The base 220i 2.0-litre variant develops 184hp. Pride of place though, goes to the six cylinder petrol versions, the M240i these days offers 340hp, while the fearsome M2 Competition model fronts up with 410hp. Even the M240i variant is very quick indeed. If you specify it with the eight speed automatic transmission, it'll get to 62mph in a mere 4.6 seconds. Press the Sport button and you'll immediately notice the steering weight up and the throttle response sharpen. Press the button once more and you'll find Sport+, which partially disengages the stability control and offers an even spikier throttle pedal. The chassis balance is a good deal more benign than the occasionally malevolent old 1 Series Coupe and it's a better driver as a result. Expect to be mercilessly harassed by these cars on foreseeable UK track days.

Design and Build

The 2 Series coupe has always been a very cohesive piece of penmanship and that effect has been further improved by recent styling changes. Exterior updates include piercing LED headlights that come as standard, complete with hallmark four corona ring LED daytime running lights. All models gain enlarged kidney grilles with a more prominent chrome surround. In addition, all standard range variants get LED front fog lights as standard and offer a re-designed front bumper with a smarter air-intake design. At the rear, smarter LED tail lights with redesigned LED light bars now feature, while 'Sport' models get a re-styled bumper with sculpted design and high-gloss black trim. As for the interior updates, well, there's a re-designed instrument panel, plus a smarter centre console with a sliding cup holder cover and pearl chrome accents. On M Sport and M240i models, the instrument cluster features a Black Optic display with 3D effect dials - an option with other variants in the line-up. BMW's much-improved iDrive system features and delivers the latest-generation iDrive software on the standard BMW Navigation and BMW Professional Navigation set-ups. The large 8.8-inch screen on the latter navigation system is also equipped with BMW Touch Control for the first time, offering drivers the choice of iDrive with Touch pad, voice control and touchscreen to interact with the system. Practicalities remain as before. Rear seat space isn't bad for a smal coupe and the boot is a useful 390-litres in size.

Market and Model

It's slightly odd that a car that looks so instantly a winning proposition comes with so few direct rivals. What else is there that offers this sort of punchiness, in a coupe body that sends drive to the rear wheels? Nissan's 370Z is a bigger, heavier thing, the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ twins more delicate and without the same options the throttle pedal in the 2 Series will afford. Prices are quite reasonable, with the 218i starting at around £30,000, which is similar to the amount required for a rival Toyota GT 86 but the BMW features much greater torque fitted as standard. Trims run through SE, Sport and M Sport. BMW wants around £45,000 for the M240i, but that still makes it one of the better performance car bargains. An M2 isn't, costing the best part of £53,000. We think an M240i is all you really need. Equipment here runs to a Nevada leather interior, both AUX-in and USB as well as a stereo that can play MP3s from CD, a multifunction steering wheel with a speed limiter mode, air conditioning, door sill finishers with M240i designation, a short-shift gear lever and a whole host of safety kit including DSC+ stability control, xenon headlights, a tyre pressure warning system and dynamic brake lights. That excellent ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox is offered as an option.

Cost of Ownership

It's hard to argue with BMW's efficiency measures, the Baukasten 2.0-litre petrol powerplant enabling the 220i to record 37.7mpg on the combined cycle and 170g/km emissions. Go for the 220d diesel and you'll see up to 48.7mpg and up to 151g/km with the manual transmission. Those are quite some numbers from a vehicle that can still justifiably wear a performance coupe tag. The M240i also records some impressive efficiency data. It'll squeeze up to 32.5 miles from a gallon (combined) and will emit up to 197g/km in auto form. EfficientDynamics, BMW's suite of energy-saving features, is responsible for making those vaguely implausible looking figures. The 2 Series is fitted as standard with an Auto Start-Stop function available on both manual and automatic transmissions. An ECO PRO mode, activated using the Drive Performance Control, is a new feature on BMW's that adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. When in ECO PRO mode, the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

BMW used to be a company with an unerring ability to zero in on the bullseye. That was fairly easy when your range consisted of 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series cars. Today though, the brand has its 1, 2, and 4 Series models, plus X1, X3, X5, X6 and Z4 series cars, as well as the various Gran Coupe and Active Tourer options. The range has ballooned and the quality in depth is inevitably a little more variable. There are some great cars and some not so brilliant model lines. This 2 Series Coupe might well be right near the top of the tree. It's an inspired piece of product development and it's just been executed so well. Compact proportions, low weight and good performance were the design parameters for this car and BMW has nailed all three. If you feel the 4 Series coupe is a car that no longer knows how to let its hair down, this Munich maker has just the answer in its fun-size sibling.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions169.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed131mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Apple CarPlay preparation
  • Auto start-stop
  • BMW ConnectedDrive
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW remote services
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Door/boot open warning
  • Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Real time traffic information
  • Speed limiting function
  • Traffic message channel (TMC)

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • 2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
  • Air intake in gloss black
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front bumper
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Body colour roof mouldings
  • Chrome exhaust single tailpipe, round
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Darkened rear lights with LED light bars
  • Daytime driving lights
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front air inlet with high gloss black finish
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Headlight range control
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
  • High gloss shadow line
  • High level third brake light
  • LED Headlights
  • LED welcome home lights
  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • M logo designation in chrome on left and right front wings
  • Model designation
  • Model specific design elements
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Rear bumper with high gloss black finish
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear window aerial
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 12V power socket in passenger footwell
  • 3 spoke nappa leather steering wheel
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Conditioned Based Service
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Front door sill finishers with M designation
  • Front door storage bins
  • Front floor mats in velour
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sliding armrest
  • Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
  • Glove box handle with chrome surround
  • Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened
  • Isofix child seat for two outer rear seats
  • Leather gearknob
  • Leather handbrake lever
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Rear folding head restraints
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat

Safety

  • 2 rear 3 point safety belts
  • Active differential brake (ADB), electronic differential lock in DSC-OFF mode
  • Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking readiness
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release with hazard warning lights and interior lighting + battery safety cut-off
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiter, rear coaded belt buckles
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear brake discs
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection
  • Twin horns
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with 3 level warning strategy
  • Ventilated front disc brakes
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control including integrated key with blue insert
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser

Technical

  • 8 speed automatic transmission
  • Aluminium lightweight construction including crankcase
  • Battery age recognition function
  • Double VANOS
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort, sport and sport+ modes
  • Engine cover with BMW roundel twin power turbo designation
  • High precision direct injection
  • Oil dipstick
  • VALVETRONIC engine management

Wheels

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    168
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    235
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    240
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    235
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    169

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1998
  • Compression Ratio
    11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    94.6
  • Engine Code
    B48B20M0
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TWIN TURBO
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    10.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    7.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    26.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    38.2

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    136
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    i
  • Coin Series
    M Sport [Nav]
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    24E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    136
  • Engine Power - KW
    100
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    162
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    22.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    220
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1350
  • Top Speed
    131

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    245/35 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style
    M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 719M
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1418
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4432
  • Wheelbase
    2690
  • Width
    1774
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1984

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    52
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1910
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    390
  • Max. Loading Weight
    475
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1435
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.9
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Customer Reviews

   
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Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

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Alun Davies

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"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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