The driving calibre of the 2 Series Coupe has moved up a rung compared with its predecessor. It is a little larger than the old 1 Series Coupe, stretched by seven cm in length to 4,432 mm, and also just a fraction wider than before. The wheelbase and track have moved out just a bit too, all of which combine to give the car a more securely planted feel on the road. It has greater precision and a more poised behaviour on a twisty country road, and now feels like one of the best handling cars of its type and price bracket.
The ride quality is pretty good too. It sits quite firmly over the bumps but is pliant enough to cope acceptably with a jittery surface. The test car rode on 17-inch wheels, which can sometimes mean a harsh ride, but although set quite sportily firm it does not jar or rattle your fillings. Better handling has not been at the expense of poorer ride quality.Ease of Use
The front seats tilt and slide to allow access into the back. It is a well-engineered arrangement that operates smoothly, but even so, in common with most coupes, access into the back seats is rather restricted and requires quite a bit of contortion. The 2-Series is slightly larger all round than its predecessor the 1-Series Coupe, and as a result has had just a tiny amount more space shoehorned into the rear. Back seat legroom is increased by 21 mm compared with the previous model.
The boot has been increased in size too, expanded by 20 litres over the 1-Series Coupe. This means that the 220d's boot is 390 litres, which is a good size for a svelte-looking coupe and better than comparable models. Judged against key rivals, it is almost 100 litres bigger than an Audi TT's boot at 292 litres and 78 litres larger than a Volkswagen Scirocco's at 312 litres.
Bravo BMW for the white graphics on black dials of the instruments. Too many upmarket models have trendy shade combinations for the dials that are less easy to read at a glance than these, which are exemplary in their clarity. Other manufacturers please note. Another good feature is the fuel flow display that if heeded can help you to drive economically.
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