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2019 BMW 2-Series Performance Review


Performance: 9.1

The 2019 BMW 2 Series is highly praised for being both livable and fun to drive. Brisk engines, agile handling, and responsive steering blend to create its dynamic performance. Because it has a comfortable ride and excellent fuel economy, this sports coupe is also a suitable daily driver.

  • "The 2019 BMW 2 Series follows the company's logic of the smaller the number, the smaller the car. But this is no less of a driver's machine because of its diminutive dimensions. On the contrary, there are fewer pounds to haul around compared with bigger cars, making the 2 Series responsive and agile. It's also well-balanced." -- Autotrader
  • "It's a joy to drive, whether for its exciting dynamics or just in your daily commute. Unlike some models in the class that sacrifice comfort for handling, the 2 Series delivers both at impressive levels." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Small, light and tossable, the 2017 BMW 2 Series is a true driver's car, reminiscent of the great rear-wheel-drive sports coupes that built the brand's reputation for performance. … From behind the wheel, the 230i and M240i are smile-makers, with power to spare and enough agility to satisfy any car lover. And for true high-performance enthusiasts, there's the 365-horsepower M2. In all cases, BMW combines the 2 Series' natural athleticism with high levels of quality and refinement, and the result is a very enjoyable car to drive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Acceleration and Power

All three of the 2 Series’ turbocharged engines provide quick acceleration, and you'll have a choice between a refined and responsive automatic or manual transmission with each. As you'd expect, acceleration times decrease and horsepower ratings increase as you move up the trim levels. Because even the base four-cylinder engine is gratifying, you won't have to spend extra money to drive an invigorating 2 Series.

The roster begins with the 230i's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Rated at 248 horsepower, this engine comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and it has a no-cost six-speed manual transmission option. Its fuel economy ratings are among the most efficient in the class, at 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Under the hood of the M240i is a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with a 335-horsepower rating. Like with the 230i, you can pair this with either a standard eight-speed automatic or an optional six-speed manual transmission without paying more. It earns an EPA-rated 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway.

BMW 2 Series performance reaches its apex in the M2 Competition. Its 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine is rated at 405 horsepower – a gain of 40 horsepower over last year's M2. Its standard gearbox is a six-speed manual. For about $3,000, you can upgrade to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Unsurprisingly, gas mileage drops with this trim level and is estimated at 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway.

  • "… this is one of BMW's most engaging creations, whether powered by an eager turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or a sweet inline 6-cylinder engine." -- Autotrader
  • "The 2.0-liter turbo engine gets the 2 Series up to 60 mph quicker than pretty much all of its rivals. Whether storming onto highways or just commuting, shifts from the eight-speed automatic transmission are quick and smooth." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "BMW's turbocharged 2.0-liter is one of the best 4-cylinder engines on the planet. It's smooth and powerful, with 248 horsepower on tap for 0-60-mph blasts under six seconds, and efficient with a fuel-economy rating that reaches 35 mpg on the highway. It's the best of both worlds." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Handling and Braking

BMW has artfully managed to blend sport with comfort when tuning the 2 Series. It has precise steering, agile handling, and a suspension system that keeps the car in check while also absorbing rough patches in the pavement. You can adjust a number of elements using the four drive modes: Sport, Sport+, Comfort, and Eco. Rear-wheel drive is standard across the line. In 230i and M240i models, BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is available for $2,000.

  • "The ride is supple and refined, yet the main focus is clearly on sharp responses -- which makes it special, especially in light of its comparatively reasonable pricing." -- Autotrader
  • "The 2 Series is very responsive. Effort is light at slow speeds and weights up appropriately when going faster. Feedback is a little lacking, but the M steering wheel feels great in your hands." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "The 2 Series' tidy dimensions and tight turning radius make it an easy car to live with, especially in the city. Get the 2 Series out on the open road, and you'll hear more noise in the cabin than with an A3 or CLA, but you'll also discover a car that feels more stable at high speeds." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
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