In classic BMW fashion, the 2-Series can be spec’d up well over $50,000 in higher trim. We’re all for customizability, but this is one instance where restraint is the better part of wisdom.
The base-trim 2-Series is nothing to sneeze at. It gets BMW’s all-purpose 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for 248 horsepower. That would be pedestrian in a larger car, but unburdened by excessive weight, it’s enough to hustle the 2-Series to 60 mph in just over five seconds.
The 2-Series is available in either coupe or convertible form, but the convertible adds nearly $6,000 and impinges on an already limited cargo capacity. All-wheel drive is available on all trims, but for a car this raw, the siren call of rear-wheel drive is too strong.
The result: a RWD BMW 230i coupe. We’d have the manual, if only because it’s good and one of a dying breed. The automatic is equally excellent, so no great loss either way. With tasteful (read: frugal) option selection, it’s a sport coupe that’s hard to dislike.
- Model:2019 BMW 230i
- Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output:248 hp / 290 lb-ft
- Transmission: Six-speed manual
- Drivetrain:Rear-wheel drive
- MPG:21 City / 32 Hwy
- Options: Metallic paint ($550), Heated front seats ($500)
- Base Price:$36,295 (including the $995 destination fee)
- Best Value Price:$37,345