Used BMW 2 Series (Mk1, 2014-2021) review - What should you look for?

Build quality is very good, while some younger examples may still have their original warranty

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

  • Fantastic handling
  • Efficient engines
  • High-quality cabin
  • Design lacks flair
  • Tight rear seats
  • Pricey next to 1 Series

There aren’t many common problems with the BMW 2 Series, so the key thing is to find the trim level that works for you. All models come with a generous level of equipment, but look out for some of the more desirable options and accessories. A petrol version makes more sense than a diesel unless you’re doing lots of motorway miles.

Common used Mk1 BMW 2 Series problems


It’s worth trying to find a car with the optional Harman Kardon hi-fi fitted; it sounds much better than the standard system.

Run-flat tyres

The 2 Series is fitted with run-flat tyres as standard, which means there’s no spare wheel. But the ride isn’t too badly affected.


Squeaky brakes can affect some high-performance models and brake dust can accumulate quickly. Listen out and inspect used cars for this.

Fuel additive

Since March 2018, all diesel-engined 2 Series have used AdBlue and, at the same time, all petrol engines got a particulate filter.


There have been 10 recalls, and all cars built up to June 2018 are likely to have been affected by at least one.

Potential issues centred on the driver’s seatbelt, fuel starvation leading to stalling, the rear axle working loose, the power steering and airbags. Later recalls related to possible front suspension failure, ECU software glitches and problems with the EGR valve.

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