Matthew Pilgrim
Automotive Editor - August 8, 2018

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3.4 (Good)
22 City / 32 Highway

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2019 BMW 2-Series OVERVIEW

The 2019 BMW 2-Series continues to be brand’s modern reference to the fondly remembered 2002 compact sport model. With a host of performance add-ons available, today’s car continues that focus on performance with a full dose of compact-car practicality.

What's New for 2019

The 2019 BMW 2-Series sees no significant changes following a couple of years that brought improved powertrains and interior and exterior styling updates.

BMW 2-Series

Choosing Your BMW 2-Series

Based on the standard model-cycle timeline, the 2-Series is about due for another generation, however, the constant updates to the drivetrain and styling maintain the car’s high appeal.

In modern BMW fashion, there are different body styles, engines, transmissions, drivetrains, designs, and feature tiers, not to mention the long list of standard and available features. Thankfully, the 2-Series build configuration matrix is simpler than other BMW models’ although the cross-linking paths of designs and tiers can, at first, seem a bit complicated.

The first of many decisions is the body style – the 2-Series is available as both a coupe and convertible. The coupe offers sufficient space in back for adults on short trips and the convertible makes the most of its classically shaped rear-drive proportions with a powered fabric top that folds at vehicle speeds up to 30 mph.

Next up is the powertrain. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger is standard, developing 248 horsepower that's routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission and out to the rear wheels. An optional all-wheel-drive system is available for $2,000 and is tuned to enhance the dynamics of the car. The rear-drive coupe offers a no-cost optional six-speed manual transmission. For more performance, a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine is available. It produces 335 hp and develops 369 pound-feet of torque from a low and easily accessible 1,520 rpm. The manual transmission is available with either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive layouts on the coupe.

The most fuel efficient configuration, according to the EPA, is the rear-wheel-drive coupe with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, earning an estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 28 combined. Adding all-wheel drive reduces the ratings to 24/33/27 mpg (city/highway/combined), while the manual transmission lowers the estimates to 21/32/25 mpg. The larger and more powerful six-cylinder model achieves 21/30/24 mpg as a coupe with the automatic, or 18/27/21 mpg with the manual transmission.

Next in the long line of choices is what BMW calls designs. The base Sport Line Design is standard, which brings black high-gloss elements to the grille and bumpers. Next up is the Luxury Design, which is $350 more on the 230i Coupe and convertible and adds chrome touches to the bumper, air intakes, exhaust pipe, window surround, and kidney bars. Finally, the M Sport Design which maximizes the 2-Series' athleticism costs an additional $4,550 on the 230i Coupe or $3,450 on the convertible.

Choices continue with BMW's feature tiers. The Convenience Tier adds $2,050 to the bottom line of a 230i Coupe or $1,150 to a convertible. The Convenience Tier brings proximity entry, moonroof, SiriusXM with a one-year subscription, and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors. The Premium Tier – which runs an extra $4,550 on the 230i Coupe and $3,650 more on the convertible – includes all Convenience Tie features plus heated front seats, a heated steering wheal, navigation with real-time traffic information, speed limit information, Apple CarPlay, a universal garage door opener, and remote services.

The 2-Series pricing hierarchy begins with the rear-wheel-drive 230i which features the four-cylinder engine. The 230i xDrive nomenclature signifies the added all-wheel-drive system, while the name changes to M240i and M240i xDrive when equipped with the larger six-cylinder engine


The rear-drive 2019 BMW 230i Coupe starts at $36,295 (all prices include the $995 destination charge), and the convertible at $42,095. The 230i xDrive is priced from $38,295 as a coupe and $44,095 as a convertible. Standard equipment without a tier selected includes LED headlights and fog lights, 17-inch wheels, 10-way power front seats, a memory system for the driver seat and mirrors, synthetic leather upholstery, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control, daytime pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, driver alert, and BMW Assist eCall with automatic collision notification.

A $2,300 Track Handling Package can be added to any non-Luxury 230i. This performance package includes sport steering, an adaptive suspension, larger brakes, and 18-inch wheels wrapped with performance tires. In typical BMW style, there's a long list of standalone options that includes heated front seats ($500), a heated steering wheel ($190), and a moonroof ($1,050). Many of the options require upgrading to the Convenience or Premium Tier before they can be added.


The BMW M240i Coupe begins at $46,795, while the starting price for the M240i Convertible is $51,395. The M240i includes the M Sport Appearance Package, the Convenience Tier, and the Track Handling Package as standard equipment. The Premium Package ($2,500) brings the features of the Premium Tier, while several standalone options can still be added.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 BMW 2-Series is, simply put, a special kind of car. Equipped with go-fast goodies and modern luxury features, the M240i with the Track Handling Package and Convenience Tier lands this coupe or convertible in the sweet spot of everyday enjoyment.

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