BMW 2 Series Coupe review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The 2 Series makes a truly practical coupe, with four usable seats and a decent boot
BMW coupes have always been very usable everyday cars, and the 2 Series is no different. While some coupes like the Audi TT have very constricted rear seats, the BMW offers a decently-sized couple of chairs in the rear, as well as providing masses of room for the driver and passenger in the front. The driving position is excellent, with a huge range of adjustment as anyone familiar with the BMW line-up would expect.
Up front, there’s plenty of stowage, with decent door pockets, plus a big glovebox and centre cubby as well as a pair of cupholders in the centre console. Rear parking sensors, auto lights and Bluetooth are all practical touches on the standard kit list, plus BMW’s excellent Professional Navigation system is available.
The 2 Series doesn't look as racy as some of its coupe competitors, but it certainly benefits significantly in practical terms from its conventional three-box proportions. Its wheelbase is 30mm longer than the old 1 Series Coupe’s too.
Overall the 2 Series measures up at 4,432mm, which is longer than the 4,177mm Audi TT. At 1,418mm to the roof, it also stands considerably taller than the TT, which stands at 1,353mm.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Getting into the back of the BMW is surprisingly easy, as the long doors open wide, while the folding seat and high roofline combine to leave a big gap to step through.
There’s plenty of elbow room for two when you’re inside, and a handy button on the shoulder of each front seat allows rear passengers to slide the front seats forward to ease exit. Plus the two individual rear seats are supportive and comfortable.
Headroom is a little compromised, but the relatively large rear windows mean it feels a bit less claustrophobic in the back of the 2 Series than it does in rivals. Rear Isofix mountings are standard in the 2 Series.
Boot capacity is up 20 litres on the old 1 Series Coupe to 390 litres – giving the BMW a decent-sized load area that’s more useable than most coupe rivals. Better still, the tailgate opens to reveal a usefully large opening, plus the rear bench splits and folds.
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 technologyMuch improved looks compared to the old 1 Series Coupe, and an interior to match
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe 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