For BMW shoppers looking for the brand’s traditional stake, the 2020 BMW 2-series coupe and convertible offers that in spades, even if its stablemates have drifted slightly away from that goal. It faces other entry-level luxury cars like the Acura ILX, Audi A3, and Mercedes-Benz A-class with one of two turbocharged engines, a four-cylinder, a six-cylinder, that can be coupled to a manual transmission. six-speed; An eight-speed automatic is also available. While its rivals may be sleeker, more luxurious, or technologically more advanced, the Series 2 speaks directly to automotive enthusiasts on the market with more engaging driving dynamics.
BMW has given the 2-series visual cooling for 2020 by adding darkened taillights, a black or gray grille frame, updated wheel designs, and newly available black exterior mirror caps. Rain-sensing wipers have become standard across the range, and Long Beach Blue is now offered on the M240i, but sadly the metallic Melbourne Red and sparkling Brown are not.
> 230i: $ 36,295
> M240i: $ 46,795
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The 2020 BMW 2-Series interior is where great becomes just good. The cabin is well designed with adequate space for front seat passengers and comfortable standard front buckets. The legroom in the back, however, is so tight that adults will have a hard time getting back in there for a long time. Direct gauges and a simple instrument panel speak to this car’s sporty intentions, but some of its interior materials aren’t inspired by a car in this price range. The Series 2 has a relatively large boot for a compact sedan, but its small rear seating area doesn’t leave much room for additional cargo when the rear seatback is folded flat. Also, cube storage space is lacking and the center console tray is small. We resorted to storing our effects in the center console-mounted cup holders during our time with the car, a solution that only works as long as you can avoid the Starbucks trip.
Infotainment and connectivity
The standard 2-series infotainment system benefits from a well-organized menu system and an easy-to-use rotary knob for easy operation. With a single available USB port, however, it’s not a perfect setup. The optional Premium Package adds navigation, real-time traffic information and Apple CarPlay. Android Auto capability is not available.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
You can’t go wrong with any of the 2-series engines. You get bonus points for offering a manual transmission with both engines plus a well-coordinated eight-speed automatic transmission. The 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder 230i is always on call, responding quickly to your right foot with little or no turbo lag. The M240i is another story, and a quick story: its turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six sings a mechanical aria while firing the little coupe at 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. The Series 2 is driven with poise, thanks in part to its fast and accurate steering responses and its strong and capable chassis. The ride on uneven pavement is generally good, and passengers are isolated from most potholes by tightly controlled suspension. However, in the repeated expansion joints, the Series 2 shakes the passengers as if they were on a ride on a single horse. An adaptive suspension with adjustable dampers is standard on the M240i, and that, in addition to grippy summer tires, gives this car very responsive handling.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
With such powerful and playful engines, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Series 2 weren’t particularly fuel efficient, but the opposite is true – it’s one of the most frugal cars in this segment. The all-wheel drive 230i we tested on our 200-mile road test route passed its EPA rating during our road test, but so did all the other cars we tested. At 35 mpg, the Series 2 remains one of the most efficient in its class, and a relatively thrifty highway cruiser for a high-performance coupe.
Driver Assistance and Safety Features
Series 2 received strong ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each model also has standard driver assistance technology. Key safety features include: standard frontal collision warning and automated emergency braking. Standard front and rear parking sensors. Standard Lane Departure Warning.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
BMW’s three-year free scheduled maintenance is a standout feature of the corporate warranty. The rest of the Series 2 warranty is closely aligned with its luxury competition. The limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles. The powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles. Free scheduled maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles.