BMW may have made its name on the success of the 3-Series, but the modern version has grown larger than the zippy compact sedan that made the company’s "Ultimate Driving Machine" slogan believable. In its place sits the 2020 BMW 2-Series. Returning mostly unchanged for the new model year, the 2-Series is the compact sedan for the true Bimmerphile. Even aside from the fearsome M2 Competition Coupe (covered separately), the 2-Series is full of bite-size charm and driving panache. It’s a welcome reminder that BMW’s soul lives in the driver’s seat. With a Gran Coupe on the way, the 2-Series may not survive in its current form too much longer, but we’ll enjoy it while it does.
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2020 BMW 2-Series Overview
What's New for 2020
The changes to the 2020 2-Series are minimal outside of the upcoming addition of a Gran Coupe variant. The exterior boasts new darkened taillights, an extra paint color, and new wheel and accent choices. The interior gains a few trim and upholstery options.
Choosing Your BMW 2-Series
The 2-Series may be about simplicity, but choosing one is no simple task.
The first decision to make is the body style. The 2-Series is currently available as either a coupe or a convertible, although losing the roof adds a premium of around $5,000 depending on trim. Thankfully, the space penalty isn’t severe – the convertible loses only two cubic feet of trunk space to its roof mechanism.
Both bodies share two engines that delineate the trim levels. The first is a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder producing 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s usually paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, although the coupe offers the option of a six-speed manual.
The more powerful option is a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder unit pumping out 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, which sends power to the wheels via the same transmission options. It’s enough for a zero-to-60 time of 4.2 seconds in an all-wheel-drive coupe.
All-wheel drive is available in any configuration for $2,000. The powertrain dictates the nameplate – cars with the base engine are dubbed 230i, while the six-cylinder engine is called the M240i. xDrive is appended for all-wheel drive.
The EPA rates the 230i at 24 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway, and 27 combined. The M240i achieves 19/27/22 mpg (city/highway/combined) with the manual transmission, or 22/30/25 mpg with the automatic.
The remaining features are divided across the two trims:
Of the 2020 BMW 2-Series lineup, the M240i is worth the price premium for drivers who love being behind the wheel. The extra power and handling upgrades make for a truly special driving experience.
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