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BMW 2 Series Coupe review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The BMW 2 Series Coupe’s petrol engine line-up strikes the right balance of performance and fuel economy

The big-sellers in the UK used to be the diesel-powered 2 Series models, partly down to their low running costs. The 218d was the cheapest of the bunch, boasting economy under the latest WLTP test system of up to 52.3mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 120g/km. However, BMW decided to strip diesel from the 2 Series Coupe and Convertible engine line-ups towards the end of 2020.

In the meantime, the turbocharged petrol models aren’t particularly far behind in efficiency, and they’ll serve buyers well enough for the remainder of this generation’s lifespan. The 218i gets a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and will return up to 38.5mpg, while the 220i auto has the same quoted figure. Alloy wheel size and transmission choices will have an effect on these figures.

The M240i is pretty economical when you consider it can do 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds; a figure of 34.0mpg is pretty good, and is helped by the fact that this model now only comes with the eight-speed auto box with no manual option.

Prices range from around £27,000 to just over £40,000, so only the M240i incurs additional road tax. Unless you go mad with the options, that is. Anything that adds up to more than that £40,000 threshold will drive road tax up by £300 annually between your second and sixth years of ownership.

Insurance groups

With its sporty character and punchy performance you won’t find insurance especially cheap: 220i models start in group 26, while the hot M240i earns a group 39 rating. Still, it’s not too bad in comparative terms, as the Toyota GT 86 sits at group 33 and the Audi TT starts at group 35.


Our experts’ retained value prediction of 47.6 per cent for the BMW 2 Series is not class-leading, but is nothing to be ashamed of.

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