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2018 BMW 2-Series Review

The 2018 BMW 2 Series ranks among the best luxury small cars because of its dynamic performance and strong safety scores and solid predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample engine power
  • Sharp handling
  • High safety scores
  • Large trunk
  • Cramped back seat
  • High list prices and ownership costs

New for 2018

  • Power-adjustable front seats became standard
  • Standard LED headlights and foglights




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety: 10.0
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2018 BMW 2-Series Overview

Is the 2018 BMW 2 Series a Good Used Car?

Yes, the BMW 2 Series is a great used luxury small car. It reinvigorates BMW's original ethos of small, fun-to-drive cars while keeping up with a competitive segment in luxury and technology.

The 2018 2 Series has a long list of strengths:

  • Three potent engine options
  • Razor-sharp handling
  • Great safety scores
  • Elegant interior and solid build quality
  • Large trunk for class
  • Above-average fuel economy

It also has a few weaknesses:

  • Tight second row
  • High range of above-average list prices
  • Above-average five-year ownership costs for class
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 32 BMW 2 Series reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has decades of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 BMW 2 Series?

Based on listings for the 2018 BMW 2 Series on our site, the average price is $37,900. Prices range from about $28,000 to $47,100 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 BMW 2 Series Cost to Own?

The 2018 2 Series’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $31,300, or $6,260 per year. That’s one of the highest totals among luxury small cars.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 2 Series?

For 2019, BMW made the Active Driving Assistant package of safety technology standard, and it includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Front and rear parking sensors are also newly standard. The BMW M2 Coupe was replaced by the M2 Competition Coupe. In addition to the name change, this performance model boasts 405 horsepower, up from 365 in older models.

If these changes don't matter much to you, you may be better served buying a used 2018 2 Series instead of a new model. Doing so could save you some money. The 2019 2 Series starts at $35,300, while the low end of prices for a 2018 model is around $28,000.

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The 2018 2 Series is part of the car's first generation, which began with the 2014 model year. Models in this generation are mostly similar. For 2018, power-adjustable front seats and LED headlights and foglights were made standard. The 2017 2 Series saw increased horsepower across the lineup, along with new trim names, reshuffled standard and available features, and enhanced exterior styling. The performance-oriented M2 was introduced for 2016, while the 2015 2 Series was the first model to offer all-wheel drive and a convertible body style.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 BMW 2 Series?

The 2018 BMW 2 Series has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 BMW 2 Series Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 BMW 2 Series:

  • The crankshaft sensor may be equipped with incorrect firmware that could make the car stall
  • The instrument panel may not fully illuminate due to a possible software error

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used BMW 2 Series Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 BMW 2 Series comes in three trims: 230i, M240i, and M2. Standard and available features are comparable across the lineup, with the biggest differences between models being performance bits. For buyers who want a thrilling drive in a car that’s a good middle ground in terms of performance and value, the engaging M240i is a good bet. The base 230i is a good small, sporty luxury car. The 230i and M240i are available as a coupe or convertible, with a manual or automatic transmission, and rear- or all-wheel drive. The M2 is only available with RWD.

  • BMW 2 Series 230i: The BMW 230i comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, power-adjustable front sport seats, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include genuine leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, satellite radio, navigation, an 8.8-inch touch screen, a Harman Kardon premium sound system, Apple CarPlay, and wireless device charging. Available driver assistance features include speed limit recognition, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, parking sensors, adaptive headlights, and adaptive cruise control.
  • BMW 2 Series M240i: The BMW M240i features a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. It also comes with a model-specific body kit, a moonroof, ambient lighting, sport exhaust, M Sport brakes, and adaptive M suspension.
  • BMW 2 Series M2: The top-of-the-line M2 is powered by an upgraded turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Additional standard features include an 8.8-inch touch screen, a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, carbon fiber trim, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. In addition to suspension and handling upgrades, the M2's performance enhancements include an M-tuned exhaust with quad tailpipes, a track-ready cooling system, and an M rear spoiler.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring CPO coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the 2 Series?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the BMW 2 Series a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The car earned the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. Depending on trim, the 2 Series’ headlights earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable or the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not put the 2018 BMW 2 Series through crash tests.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available advanced safety features:

  • speed limit recognition
  • lane departure warning
  • forward collision warning
  • pedestrian detection
  • adaptive headlights
  • adaptive cruise control
  • parking sensors

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2018 BMW 2 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 BMW 2 Series or 2018 Audi A3?

The 2018 Audi A3 doesn't fare as well as the 2 Series in our rankings, but it still offers a couple advantages. As a sedan, the A3 offers easier access to the rear seats and a little more usable legroom than the 2 Series. The Audi also comes with more standard features, including heated front seats and leather upholstery. That said, the 2 Series delivers a sportier performance, and discerning shoppers might prefer its rear-wheel drive to the A3's front-wheel drive. You can also get either car with all-wheel drive or in high-performance models (M2, S3, and RS 3).

The 2 Series boasts higher safety scores and a better predicted reliability rating, which helps make it the better car overall. However, the BMW's average list price is about $9,000 more than the Audi's, and you can expect to pay about $5,000 more in total five-year ownership costs with the 2 Series. If you're on more of a budget and want the additional space and features of the A3, it's a fine pick.

Which Is Better: 2018 BMW 2 Series or 2018 BMW 3 Series?

The 2018 BMW 3 Series and its little sibling occupy two of the highest slots in our luxury small car rankings for their overall performance and engaging driving. Both deliver sharp handling, but the larger 3 Series is tuned slightly more for comfort, while the 2 Series is more eager to tackle a turn. The 3 Series comes standard with a lethargic 180-horsepower engine, and you can find the same 248-horsepower four-cylinder in either model. The raucous M3 is a better choice than the M2 for those who want track-day excitement.

The 3 Series has ample second-row passenger room, and it's available in either of two hatchback variants (Gran Turismo liftback and wagon) for a lot more cargo capacity and utility. These two Bimmers are a great buy in the class, and they have similar prices. Choosing between them will depend on how you weigh performance against size and space.

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2018 2 Series Performance

How Does the 2018 BMW 2 Series Drive?

The 2018 BMW 2 Series is available in three trims, each with a distinct powertrain. All deliver exhilarating acceleration, even the base four-cylinder of the 230i. Performance junkies will prefer the turbocharged six-cylinder power of the M240i or M2. This wouldn't be a proper BMW if you couldn't get a manual transmission – all rear-wheel-drive models are available with a slick-shifting six-speed. If you don't want to row your own gears, opt for the eight-speed automatic in the 230i or M240i or the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic in the M2.

BMW's tuning on the 2 Series is where much of the car's magic lies. This small two-door is one of the most athletic in its class, and elements like responsive steering and dynamic handling make it a joy to drive. An available M Sport adaptive suspension gives you the ability to switch between a firm, sporty ride and a softer, luxury-oriented experience. Rear-wheel drive is standard (and the only setup for the M2), and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is available in 230i and M240i models.

  • Base engine: 248-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (230i)
  • Available engines:
    • 335-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (M240i)
    • 365-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (M2)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed manual (all models); eight-speed automatic (230i and M240i); seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (M2)
Does the 2018 BMW 2 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2019 2 Series gets above-average fuel economy for a luxury small car.

  • 230i, automatic, RWD: 24/35 mpg city/highway
  • 230i, automatic, AWD: 24/33 mpg
  • 230i, manual, RWD: 21/32 mpg
  • M240i, automatic, AWD: 21/30 mpg
  • M240i, manual, RWD: 19/28 mpg

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2018 2 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 2 Series Seat?

The 2018 2 Series seats four people in two rows. The front seats offer ample power adjustments that make it easy for most drivers and passengers to find a relaxing position. Like many small luxury coupes, the back seat is pretty cramped for adults.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable front sport seats

Available seating features:

  • genuine leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 BMW 2 Series?

The 2018 2 Series has a complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors on each rear seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the highest rating of Good for overall ease of use. The lower anchors are located behind plastic hinges at the bottom of the seats.

2018 BMW 2 Series Features

The 2 Series comes with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. The interface is a bit cumbersome at first, but once you're familiar with it, you'll find it pretty user-friendly. Depending on the version of the system, you control everything using a rotary knob on the center console, voice commands, or a touch screen.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch display screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, navigation, a Harman Kardon premium sound system, and wireless device charging
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a moonroof and proximity keyless entry

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2018 BMW 2 Series Dimensions

BMW 2 Series Cargo Space

The BMW 2 Series Coupe has 13.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is large for a luxury small car. A split-folding rear seat is standard. Convertible models have 11.8 cubic feet of space with the top up and 9.9 cubic feet with the top down.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 BMW 2 Series Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 7 inches to 14 feet, 8 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,380 to 3,944 pounds

Where Was the 2018 BMW 2 Series Built?

BMW built the 2 Series in Germany.


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