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BMW 2 Series
The Top Gear car review:BMW 2 Series
Running costs and reliability
Unsurprisingly it’s the diesels that are the most efficient. The 220d is the one everyone buys, typically in M Sport trim. Manual cars get 64.2mpg and 115g/km on the M Sport’s bigger 18in alloy, whereas the auto offers 65.7mpg and 113g/km. Downgrade to the Sport or less powerful 218d for marginal gains here.
SE, Sport and M Sport trims are offered, and the M240i exists as a kind of special trim at the top of the range. All 2 Series’ get Bluetooth, A/C, iDrive with nav, DAB and LED headlights. We’d spec the bigger BMW Professional Nav, which is £775 on M Sports and £900 elsewhere. You needn’t tick many other option boxes.
BMW also does impressive fixed-price service packages, and depreciation is OK if you restrain the options-ticking. The diesels compare well in overall costs with a Mercedes CLA. Of course the M240i is thirstier and a bit insurance-hostile, but honestly it’s still a bargain.