The BMW 2-Series has enjoyed a small but loyal legion of fans since it first debuted in 2014, largely due to its attractive styling, nimble handling, and businesslike focus on the job of driving. Out of the entire BMW lineup, it's this modest two-door that perhaps best embodies the long-standing sport-luxury ethos of BMW.
Whether that will hold true in 2022 is a different matter. It's been all but confirmed that a new 2-Series is on its way, making the 2021 BMW 2-Series the swan song of the model as we know it.
New for 2021 is a four-door Gran Coupe variant, but, otherwise, BMW has unsurprisingly refrained from making any notable changes.
Choosing Your BMW 2-Series
The BMW 2-Series is available in four trim levels: 230i, 228i, M235i, and M240i. The Gran Coupe is only available in 228i and M235i models, while the standard coupe and convertible are available with the other two.
Pricing starts at $36,895 including destination for a 230i coupe and tops out at $47,345 for an M240i coupe. The convertible variant is $5,950 more for the 230i and $4,600 more for the M240i. The Gran Coupe's 228i is priced from $38,495, while the M235i costs $46,495.
Regardless of body style, all models get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as their base engine. This being BMW, there's other engine options on tap as well.
In coupe and convertible models, there's a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder for the M240i. The M35i Gran Coupe doesn't get the luxury of offering six cylinders under the hood. It only offers an uprated version of the base 2.0-liter turbo-four.
|Fuel Economy (Combined)
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder
|3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder
|2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder
Rear-wheel drive is standard on the coupe and convertible, with all-wheel drive available for $2,000. The Gran Coupe comes standard with all-wheel drive.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board, although a six-speed manual is available on the RWD 230i coupe and M240i coupe and convertible for free.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe can carry five people, while the coupe and convertible are limited to four occupants. Back seat passengers will be wanting for room in any of the three body styles. The Gran Coupe is the most spacious for passengers, with 34.4 inches of rear leg room.
Coupes and convertibles get about 13 cubic feet of cargo space, which is competitive for cars of this size. The Gran Coupe claims a cargo area of 15.1 cubic feet, which is large by the standards of the segment.
Standard safety equipment on the 2-Series includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors.
The 228i and M235i Gran Coupe also gets blind-spot monitoring and automatic high beams.
Adaptive cruise control is a $1,200 standalone option, as is an automated parking system for $200. Adaptive cruise control is unavailable on M240i models.
Base coupes and convertibles have a a 6.5-inch screen running BMW’s iDrive system. There's a single USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, satellite radio, and standard Apple CarPlay (but no Android Auto).
Gran Coupes start off with an 8.8-inch touchscreen that comes standard with navigation and 4 USB ports.
This larger touchscreen and navigation are bundled for $900 on the coupe and convertible models, while wireless charging ($500) and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system ($875) are also available.
On the Gran Coupe, a 10.25-inch touchscreen and a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster are bundled for $1,100, while gesture control is a $190 option.
The cheapest 2-Series you can buy is a 230i. That money buys standard features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, 10-way power front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and a seven-speaker audio system.
Option packages have been condensed to the Convenience and Premium packages. The former adds a moonroof, ambient lighting, keyless entry, four-way lumbar support for the front seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror for $1,700. The Premium Package runs for $1,600, adding navigation, the 8.8-inch touchscreen and navigation, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a universal garage door opener.
On the convertible, the Convenience Package only costs $800 because the moonroof can't be added.
The 228i Gran Coupe gets the 228-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. Over the 230i, it also adds power-folding side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, the 8.8-inch touchscreen, and improved traction control.
Here, the Premium Package costs $4,750 and includes the 10.25 central touchscreen and gauge cluster, moonroof, adaptive headlights, a head-up display, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, lumbar support, and a universal garage door opener.
The M235i Gran Coupe is next in line. In addition to the 301-hp turbo-four, it brings an M sport suspension, a Torsen limited slip differential, an aerodynamic body kit, a rear spoiler, and 18-inch wheels.
Interior upgrades include leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting, an M sport steering wheel, and keyless entry.
The M240i gets the 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder engine, a sport exhaust system, variable sport steering, M sport brakes, an adaptive M suspension, and a hands-free trunk. The moonroof is also standard at this trim level.
If it were our money, we'd skip the 2021 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe in favor of the two-door models. Even in base 230i trim, they offer superior driving dynamics and a better value proposition than the pricey 228i Gran Coupe.