Easy does it: revised BMW 2 Series Coupe unveiled | CAR Magazine

Easy does it: revised BMW 2 Series Coupe unveiled

Published: 12 June 2024

► The 2 Series Coupe gets a light tweak
► Includes minor design revisions
► … and some improved cabin tech

Look, it’s another updated BMW! Munich has had a busy couple of months, launching revised versions of the 3 Series, 4 Series and 1 Series since April 2024. Now, though, it’s the turn of the 2 Series Coupe – and it looks like BMW decided to play it safe. On the surface, at least, not much has altered over the previous version of the car.

The updated 2 Series Coupe (and it’s tyre-shredding counterpart, the revised M2 Coupe)  looks largely the same as before. The biggest differences are a new chrome grille, body-coloured side skirts and a revised colour palette that now includes the Fire Red metallic finish you see on the car in these images.

It’s the same story on the inside, with the biggest change being some new infotainment software. It adds a redesigned hot bar at the bottom of the central screen and new voice command support for items like the heated seats and heated steering wheel.

Other changes include new control knobs for the dashboard air vents, a redesigned flat-bottomed steering wheel and a tweaked ambient lighting system with a waterfall effect for the central air outlets. You can also now have the car’s seats trimmed in velour, cognac faux leather or black real leather as an optional extra.

What models are available?

There are still three options on the table, all of which feature petrol engines and eight-speed automatic gearboxes. The cheapest option in the range is the 220i. It’s priced from £36,865 – and it’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit that produces 181bhp and 221lb ft of torque.

BMW says it can sprint from 0–62mph in 7.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 146mph. More importantly, it returns between 41.5 and 44.1mpg on the WLTP combined cycle.

Above that, there’s the 230i. It has a more potent version of the 220i’s four-cylinder engine, with 242bhp and 295lb ft of torque. The extra grunt trims the car’s 0–62mph time down to 5.9 seconds and increases its top speed to an electronically limited 155mph. Prices for the 230i start from £40,320.

BMW 2 Series refresh: M240i front three quarter driving, red paint

At the top of the standard 2 Series Coupe range (i.e. before you reach the fire-breathing 473bhp  M2), there’s the M240i xDrive. It’s powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine that produces 368bhp and 369lb ft of torque.

As its badge suggest, this version of the 2 Series comes with all-wheel drive as standard. The extra poke and added grip help to slash the car’s 0–62mph down to 4.3 seconds, although top speed remains the same as the 230i at 155mph (thanks to the electronic nanny). Prices start from £46,045.

Anything else I should know?

A few odds and sods. The M240i is fitted as standard with passive M Sport suspension as standard, but you can pay extra to have the chassis upgraded with BMW’s adaptive dampers. They have three different damping profiles to suit each driving mode.

BMW has also added a new augmented reality function for the 2 Series Coupe’s sat-nav, which uses the car’s front camera to overlay navigation instructions onto a live feed of the road ahead. It can be displayed on either the infotainment screen or the digital gauge cluster and is designed to make it easier to steer through tricky intersections.

BMW 2 Series refresh: M240i dashboard, infotainment system and front seats

Finally, BMW has improved the level of standard equipment on the 2 Series Coupe. Now, every version of the car comes with Parking Assistant as standard, which can automatically steer the car into end-on and parallel spaces. Front and rear parking sensors are also now standard.

By Luke Wilkinson

Deputy Editor of Parkers. Unhealthy obsession with classic Minis and old Alfas. Impenetrable Cumbrian accent