BMW 2 Series Coupe review - Reliability and safety
BMW will be pleased with its improved Driver Power showing, but four-star Euro NCAP rating for the 2 Series Coupe will be a disappointment
In somewhat of a surprise (particularly for a BMW), industry safety body Euro NCAP awarded the 2 Series Coupe a four-star rating (out of five) in March 2022. Scores for adult occupant safety and child passenger protection were good - rated at 82 per cent and 81 per cent respectively, but the Vulnerable Road Users category only received a 67 per cent score. Although the 2 Series’ active bonnet safety system worked ‘robustly’ in helping to reduce injuries to pedestrians in the event of a collision, Euro NCAP’s assessment was that ‘protection of the pelvis area was entirely poor.’
The Euro NCAP Safety Assist classification looks primarily at the effectiveness of a vehicle’s active onboard safety systems, and here the 2 Series Coupe received its lowest score of 64 per cent. The standard autonomous emergency braking system was rated as ‘performing adequately in tests of its reaction to pedestrians’, but the system’s performance was ‘marginal when in tests of its response to cyclists’.
The 2 Series Coupe’s four-star result was achieved under NCAP’s latest (and most stringent) assessment standards and, to add some context, the Audi TT achieved a four-star rating from a test conducted in 2015.
The 2 Series Coupe didn’t feature in our annual Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, although BMW was well represented in the list of the top-75 cars, with the 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3 and X5 models all making an appearance. BMW itself showed some improvement in the manufacturer poll, moving up from 21st spot (out of 29 brands) in 2021, to 16th in 2022 - ahead of Audi, Mercedes and Volkswagen.
BMW offers a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty for the 2 Series Coupe, while the manufacturer offers various options to extend the cover at extra cost.
Pay monthly servicing plans are available to help spread the cost of scheduled maintenance. Once you’re signed up, the servicing cost remains fixed for the duration of the plan.
In this review
- 1BMW 2 Series Coupe reviewFun to drive, with a great mix of performance and usability, the BMW 2 Series Coupe is a strong all-rounder
- 2Engines, performance and driveCapable petrol and diesel engines offer good performance, while the 369bhp M240i model will appeal to keen drivers
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe 2 Series Coupe offers reasonable running costs, with the 220d diesel model returning excellent fuel economy
- 4Interior, design and technologyWith a stylish, purposeful look and a cabin that oozes quality, the BMW 2 Series Coupe is an appealing choice
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe second-generation 2 Series Coupe has grown in size, which makes it even more practical than its close rivals
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingBMW will be pleased with its improved Driver Power showing, but four-star Euro NCAP rating for the 2 Series Coupe will be a disappointment