2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Will Start Under $39,000

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The new 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is meant to be a more affordable way for consumers to get into a vehicle from the German automaker, but it won’t exactly be an affordable option. The 228i xDrive Gran Coupe will carry a starting price of $38,495 including destination and will go up to $46,495 for the M235i xDrive Gran Coupe. That makes the 2 Series Gran Coupe more expensive than a lot of other entry-level luxury cars.

Nearly every other compact luxury vehicle in the segment costs less than the new 2 Series Gran Coupe. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class starts at $35,495 for an all-wheel-drive model and the Audi A3 is priced at $37,495 for a trim with all-wheel drive. Neither of those vehicles have the same coupe-like design that BMW’s marketing. The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, though, does and costs $37,645. So even that is cheaper than the 2 Series Gran Coupe.

Interestingly, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is pricier than the 2 Series Coupe. The base 230i Coupe is priced at $36,295. But a similarly equipped 230i xDrive Coupe costs $38,295 – or $200 less than the Gran Coupe variant.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

If the 2 Series Gran Coupe does have one thing going for it, the coupe-like four-door sedan has more power than its competitors. The base 228i xDrive comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 228 horsepower. The 2 Series Gran Coupe’s competitors also come with a similar engine, but they’re down on power – 221 hp for the CLA-Class, 188 hp for the A-Class, and 184 hp for the A3. All-wheel-drive versions of the A3 come with a 228-hp engine.

The M235i xDrive Gran Coupe has a tuned version of the engine that’s good for 301 hp. The A-Class isn’t available in a performance variant, but the CLA-Class and A3 are. For the CLA, the AMG CLA 45 cranks out a mighty 375 hp. The S3 produces 288 hp, while the even hotter RS 3 is good for 394 hp. The M235i xDrive Gran Coupe is much cheaper than those options, though.

We were expecting to see pricing for the 2 Series Gran Coupe to be around $33,000, but it’s much higher than that. The vehicle is also priced higher than its competitors, so it will be interesting to see if consumers think the 2 Series Gran Coupe is worth the extra money because of its performance, standard all-wheel-drive system, and sloping roofline. The 2 Series Gran Coupe will reach dealers this March.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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