BMW 2 Series Coupe review - Interior, design and technology
Much improved looks compared to the old 1 Series Coupe, and an interior to match
BMW’s current naming strategy might be a touch confusing, but it’s impossible to mistake this 2 Series for anything else. It replaced the 1 Series Coupe – and to great effect thanks to its sportier, lower and chunkier stance. These combine to give it sportier coupe proportions, while neatly executed detailing adds the final layer of desirability.
The headlamps are narrower than on the hatch and all models get stylish LED tail-lights. Distinctive vents in the lower bumper channel air over the wheels and around the side of the car, while SE models get 17-inch wheels, front foglights and a chrome kidney grille. M Sport models get larger wheels and a sportier bodykit to give the 2 Series extra visual clout, with great effect.
Inside, the stylish and well-built layout is familiar from the 1 Series, but the frameless windows and long doors are as you’d expect for a coupe. The low-slung seating position is great and there’s lots of adjustment for the steering wheel and seat.
A facelift in 2017 saw the 2 Series graced with slightly different head and tail-lights, a reprofiled bumper and a new grille, as well as a few new colours and wheel designs. Inside, every 2 Series gets a new digital dash and an upgraded infotainment display.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The 2 Series’ interior layout is more conventional than that of the latest Audi TT, with a large, centrally mounted eight-inch multimedia display and lots of buttons on the centre console. But despite this, it’s not at all confusing, and the rotary control wheel for BMW’s iDrive system works well, while build quality is solid.
Highlights in the standard kit list include sat-nav with the trademark iDrive infotainment controller, a slick display screen, aluminium trim, DAB radio and a multifunction wheel. There’s a hands-free Bluetooth system with audio streaming too. Optional extras include voice control, an internet connection, and an upgraded Harman Kardon audio system.
In this review
- 1VerdictA compact rear-wheel drive coupe from BMW has obvious appeal. Does the BMW 2 Series live up to it?
- 2Engines, performance and driveA well-honed rear drive chassis and powerful engines make the 2 Series fun to drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsDiesel models are superbly efficient and economical, but the petrols aren't too far behind
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingMuch improved looks compared to the old 1 Series Coupe, and an interior to match
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe 2 Series makes a truly practical coupe, with four usable seats and a decent boot
- 6Reliability and SafetyLots of safety kit as standard or on the options list, and BMW reliability is on the up too