Surfaces are pliant to the touch and the quality of all the materials used is top-notch...
Comfort and Refinement
Cabin design intentionally prioritises the driver, with everything subtly angled towards the driving seat. With sports contoured front seats, there is a snug feeling to the cockpit and a flowing style across the fascia. Key fixtures such as the door handles, the grab rails on the doors and the trim around the air vents are all elegantly sculpted in a style that echoes the exterior body lines. Surfaces are pliant to the touch and the quality of all the materials used is top-notch.
General refinement in the 2 Series Coupe is very good. That shapely sculpted body lets air flow over it cleanly without undue drag, road rumble is low and engine noise mostly subdued. Get a bit more enthusiastic with the acceleration and you can provoke the engine to become a little more obvious, but you have to be a bit of a hooligan to make it seem intrusive.
Safety and Security
A standard feature on this car is BMW’s emergency call system that summons help if the vehicle is involved in an accident. The standard equipment list also includes an array of airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and electronic safety aids. The car has been built to meet Euro NCAP five star standard, although it has not yet been subjected to crash testing. It has an urban safety assistant that warns of any imminent collision in town traffic and automatically applies the brakes, if you do not react quickly enough to the danger of an impact.
There is a reasonable level of standard kit in the 2 Series Coupe, with a better tally of executive goodies than the 1 Series Coupe used to have. All models come with automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers, a multi-function steering wheel, a 6.5-inch colour multimedia screen high on the dash and an iDrive controller down near the gear lever. Amongst other kit included in the car’s price are Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Drive Performance Control with an eco function to aid fuel economy, emergency call and keyless starting.
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What We Liked
- It looks good, stylish design
- It drives well, with taut handling and precision steering
- Cabin is nicely driver-focused
- Sculpted flowing shape to interior door handles and trim
- White-on-black dials excellent for ease of reading
- Very good refinement most of the time
- More space inside than its predecessor
- Bigger boot, at 390 litres, than some key rivals
- Good level of standard kit included in the price
- Multimedia screen, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, all included
What We Disliked
- Quite tight space past the front seats when need to access the back seats.
- The price hike over the saloon
- Engine gets more vocal when you work it hard
- Shorter drivers may find the iDrive controller not ideally positioned
What We Would Like To See
- Easier access to the back seats, but that’s the Achilles’ heel of all coupes.
Stylish looks, good driving dynamics and excellent refinement make the 2 Series Coupe a desirable package. It is the more handsome sibling of the highly successful BMW 1 Series. Here is a coupe that is also quite reasonably practical. If you want a good-looking, crisp handling, civilised four-seater coupe it is certainly worth considering.17 April 2014
BMW 2 Series Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||BMW 220d SE Coupe|
|Body Type||2-door Coupe|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||143 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 Years / Unlimited Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 17/04/14)||£25,895|