BMW 2 Series Coupe review - Reliability and safety
BMW will be pleased with the number of its models that made our best cars to own rankings, but a four-star Euro NCAP rating for the 2 Series Coupe will be a sore spot
The 2 Series Coupe is one of just three cars in BMW’s current lineup to not receive the maximum five-star crash safety rating from industry experts Euro NCAP. Instead, the 2 Series Coupe was awarded a four-star rating.
Its scores of 82 and 81 per cent for adult occupant safety and child passenger protection respectively were good, however the two-door coupe only received a 67 per cent in the Vulnerable Road Users category. 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.’
Unfortunately we can’t compare the 2 Series Coupe NCAP rating with the majority of its rivals, as neither the Alpine A110, Toyota GR86 nor Porsche 718 Cayman have been put through the organisation’s battery of crash tests. The only one that has is the Audi TT, but it was tested back in 2015 and its four-star rating has now expired. And because the organisation's assessment standards have become more stringent since then, it’s unlikely the TT would receive the same scores today.
The 2 Series Coupe didn’t make it onto our list of the best cars to own, which is based on owners’ feedback from the most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. BMW was well represented in the list of the top-75 cars to own, with the 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series and i3 all making an appearance. BMW itself will be less pleased with its position in our best car manufacturer rankings, as it fell from 16th place in 2022 to 21st, though it did still finish ahead of key rivals Audi and Mercedes, and Volkswagen, too.
The 2 Series Coupe is covered by a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty, while BMW 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 engines offer solid performance, while the more hardcore models will appeal to keen drivers
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe 2 Series Coupe offers reasonable running costs, however the 220d diesel model is no longer available
- 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 the number of its models that made our best cars to own rankings, but a four-star Euro NCAP rating for the 2 Series Coupe will be a sore spot