Even though it was overhauled last year, the 2023 BMW 2-Series Coupe receives an updated dash that incorporates BMW’s latest infotainment system with large curved panels that house the digital gauge cluster and BMW’s upgraded iDrive 8 infotainment system. The 2-Series Gran Coupe carries over largely unchanged.
Choosing Your BMW 2-Series
BMW offers two very different models that wear the 2-Series designation. The four-door Gran Coupe is offered in 228i and M235 guise two-door while the Coupe is offered in 230i and M240i trim. Base prices range from $37,595 to $48,895.
The 2023 model year is currently available for order, however, the current lease deal for the Gran Coupe is not a very good value. BMW has not yet released 2023 pricing or specs for the higher-performance M2.
The 228i is standard with front-wheel drive and offers an all-wheel drive system for $2,000. The M235i xDrive is standard with AWD, which further incorporates a mechanical front differential, as well as an advanced traction management system. The coupe trims are standard with rear-wheel drive and offer AWD for $2,000 while the M240i is equipped with a fully-variable sport rear differential.
Each body style offers two engines and while the Gran Coupe lacks the six-cylinder option, its high-performance engine features reinforced engine components, added cooling equipment, and an (optional) overboost function for the turbocharger (among other improvements) to achieve its increased power output.
|Model||Engine||Horsepower/Torque||Drivetrain||EPA (MPG Combined)|
|228i (Gran Coupe)||2.0-liter four-cyl turbo||228 hp / 258 lb-ft||FWD (AWD optional)||28 mpg (27 mpg with AWD)|
|230i (Coupe)||2.0-liter four-cyl turbo||255 hp / 295 lb-ft||RWD (AWD optional)||29 mpg (28 mpg with AWD)|
|M235i xDrive (Gran Coupe)||2.0-liter four-cyl turbo||301 hp / 331 lb-ft||AWD||26 mpg|
|M240i||3.0-liter six-cyl turbo||382 hp / 369 lb-ft||RWD||26 mpg|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Gran Coupe seats five and extends to 178.5 inches and sits 70.9 inches wide which places it on the shorter (six less than the Mercedes CLA) and narrower (0.5-inch less wide than the A3) end of the class. Rear legroom (34.4 inches) is on par while rear headroom (38.2 inches) and trunk volume (12 cubic feet) are better than average. Folding seats are standard.
The Coupe is longer (by less than an inch) and wider (by 1.5 inches) than the Gran Coupe, and for reference, about 9 inches shorter than the 4-Series. The Coupe is one of the few in its class that offers a back seat although only 32 inches of legroom and 35 inches of headroom are available. The trunk can swallow 10 cubic feet of stuff and the back seat folds.
Both 2-Series models are equipped with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection, and lane-keep assist. Adaptive cruise control is $950 ($550 in the Coupe) and the M240i offers the Parking Assistant Package for $700 which includes a system that remembers how to return the way you came (up to 50 yards), a surround-view camera, and parking assist.
The new Coupe has not yet been tested by IIHS while the Gran Coupe is a 2022 Top Safety Pick. Neither 2-Series has been evaluated by NHTSA.
The Gran Coupe is equipped with an 8.8-inch that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, and plays through a 10-speakers and 205-watt sound system. A 10.25-inch unit is available through the available Premium Packages, however, it runs the previous BMW infotainment system generation. Wi-Fi is $500 and a Harman Kardon sound system is $875 and features 16 speakers and 464 watts of power.
The Coupe gets a new layout for 2023 with a curved 14.9-inch infotainment display (that carries into the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster) and the latest iDrive system which puts it in line with BMW’s other new or recently updated models such as the iX, X7, 7-Series, and 3-Series.
The 228 Gran Coupe features 17-inch wheels, satin aluminum exterior trim, LED headlights, power-folding heated mirrors, synthetic leather sport seats with power bolsters and thigh support, memory position for the driver, and digital gauge cluster, and multi-zone automatic climate control.
The Convenience Package ($1,650) adds proximity entry, a panoramic sunroof, and lumbar support. The Premium 2 Package ($2,900) instead offers heated seats and steering wheel, ambient exterior and interior lighting, and the panoramic sunroof for $2,900. Leather seats are offered for $1,500.
The optional M Sport ($3,950) package features a sport suspension with a 10 mm lower ride height, a front bumper with large air intakes integrated into the front bumper, a unique rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, 18-inch wheels, and gloss black exterior trim, window surrounds, and rear spoiler. It also includes the features of the Convenience Package.
The M Sport with Dynamic Handling is also offered for $4,450 and adds performance tires, larger brakes, and extended gloss black trim.
The M235i xDrive features the M Sport package with gray bumper trim, grille surround, and mirror caps, and leather seats.
The Premium Package in this trim costs $2,450 and features a head-up display, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel and the $500 M Performance Package adds black mirror caps and exterior trim. A panoramic sunroof is offered for $1,350, sport seats are $750, and adaptive dampers are $500. For the 2023 model year, the BMW M 50 Year Emblem package is available for $200.
The M230i Coupe features 18-inch wheels, Shadowline exterior black trim, heated mirrors with auto-dimming on the driver’s side mirror, sport seats, and multi-zone climate control. The M Sport package is $3,350 and features its own style of angular and enlarged shaped exterior trim, as well as M Sport suspension, and an M steering wheel. The Convenience Package is $1,500 and includes proximity entry, automatic high beams, a sunroof, gloss black interior trim, and ambient lighting while the Premium package is $3,350 and additionally offers adaptive LED headlights and a heated steering wheel and front seats.
With the M Sport package selected, The Dynamic Handling Package is available for $1,900 and includes 19-inch wheels, an M Sport rear differential, and upgraded brakes with blue-painted calipers. Also, the Shadowline Package is offered for $850 which includes red calipers, extended high-gloss black trim, and darkened headlight and taillight housings.
The M240i Coupe includes the equipment from the M Sport package as standard and features high gloss black and gray exterior elements. Leather seats are $1,500, the Premium Package is $1,950, the illuminated M door trim is $200, and the BMW M 50 Years Emblems package is $200. For those looking to track the M240i, a Cooling and High-Performance Tire Package can be added for $2,400 and includes exactly what it implies.
The uprated engines add some more excitement to the 2-Series and bring a host of performances while the Convenience Package upgrades its daily-use appeal.