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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:BMW 2 Series

Overall verdict
Far better looking than the old 1-Series Coupe. Driving and owning qualities mark it out as a real BMW.


Well engineered, efficient, excellent handling and controls


Not as sexy looking as a coupe should be


What is it?

Just as the 6-Series and 4-Series are the sportier body-styles of the 5-Series and 3-Series, so the 2-Series is a coupe that uses 1-Series foundations. It’s a traditional three-box jobbie with a separate boot. A conservative formula, yes, but it’ll please the misty-eyed types who yearn for the 2002, or the E30 3-Series two-door. Engines are familiar small-BMW fare, so have an emphasis on turbocharging and downsizing. Pleasingly though, there’s still a sweet straight-six.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
M240i 2dr [Nav] Step Auto
4.6s 163g/km 39.8 340 £36,610
The cheapest
218i SE 2dr [Nav]
8.8s 125g/km 52.3 136 £23,315
The greenest
218d SE 2dr Step Auto [Nav]
8.2s 108g/km 68.9 150 £27,625
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