With a starting price of less than $37,000, the 2021 BMW 2-Series offers a lot of driving fun for the money. Many drivers will love this sporty coupe’s slick handling and lively acceleration. Upscale exterior styling also makes the new 2-Series a good alternative to some of today’s more expensive sports cars. Let’s find out why car shoppers should put the 2-Series on their radar.
What’s New for 2021?
For 2021, only a few small changes were made to the 2-Series lineup. BMW no longer requires buyers to pay a subscription fee for Apple CarPlay. Satellite radio with real-time traffic updates has also been added to the car’s standard equipment. Last year’s optional Track Handling package is no longer offered.
What Styles Does It Come In?
The 2021 BMW 2-Series offers both coupe and convertible models. While rear-wheel-drive is standard, BMW’s xDrive AWD system is optional on all trims.
What Are the Available Trims?
Most buyers will choose the 230i model. It features BMW’s award-winning 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine. Although the 230i is the least expensive model, it still has a sharp appearance. Full LED exterior lighting and an attractive set of 17-inch alloy wheels come standard. There are also plenty of modern features on the inside. BMW’s iDrive infotainment system provides a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen. Other big features include power-adjustable sport seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 10-speaker stereo.
Folks who choose the 230i have plenty of luxurious options at their disposal. The available Wi-Fi hotspot is extremely popular. A more power Harman Kardon sound system and upgraded heated seats with extra lumbar support are also offered.
Drivers who desire more power and tighter handling should take a look at the M240i. It uses a stronger 3.0-liter, turbo six-cylinder engine. While an adaptive suspension enhances the M24i’s handling capabilities, an active exhaust gives it a more authoritative sound. Larger 18-inch wheels and a rear spoiler accentuate the car’s more aggressive appearance.
The 2-Series’ Exterior Styling
Although the 2-Series features BMW’s traditional twin-kidney grille, a short trunk helps set it apart from other BMW models. Expect the more powerful M240i model to look more muscular. BMW outfits it with a sleeker body kit, which includes larger air intakes in the front. Some gorgeous paint options are offered, including Sunset Orange Metallic and Estoril Blue Metallic.
Many drivers are fond of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which can be operated using a console-mounted knob while the car is in motion. Even the standard 10-speaker stereo produces a good sound. Of the available options, the Wi-Fi hotspot is the one that most buyers will want.
The 2021 BMW 2-Series has the driving character of a true sports car. Most people will enjoy the 230i’s turbo four-cylinder engine, which feels stronger than its actual specs. BMW lists this engine with a 248-horsepower output, which enables this small coupe to clock a 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds. However, performance is even more exhilarating in the M240i model. Its turbo inline-six engine musters up 335 horsepower. Unlike some rivals, the 2-Series continues to offer a traditional manual transmission and an automatic gearbox.
When driving the new 2-Series, drivers can look forward to enjoying precise handling. However, an adaptive suspension makes the M240i model feel even more controlled on twisty roads. Although the car’s suspension is firm, this fact doesn’t result in a bruising ride. On the highway, the 2-Series feels buttery smooth. BMW’s optional xDrive AWD system makes the 2-series a capable winter vehicle.
The 230i model’s smaller engine helps it to return splendid fuel economy. Rear-wheel-drive versions of the car can deliver up to 24 mpg town/32 mpg freeway. Keep in mind that choosing the faster and more powerful M240i model doesn't result in bad gas mileage. At cruising speeds, drivers can average up to 30 mpg.
Comfort and Quality
Interior quality is excellent. While behind the wheel of the 2021 BMW 2-Series, it feels like you’re driving a premium car. Relaxing seats also make the 2-Series an appealing daily-driver. Although this car features a rear seat, it’s only useful in a pinch. Drivers who need more cargo space should choose the coupe body style, which has a much larger trunk.
The 2-Series is a secure performance car. Some important driving aids come standard. If the driver fails to recognize a stopped vehicle in the road, BMW’s automatic braking system will intervene. Lane departure warning and front/rear parking sensors are also standard safety features. City dwellers will appreciate the optional Parking Assistant, which handles the job of steering the car into spaces.
The 2-Series is a very good performance car. Although buyers can save some cash by choosing the base 230i, others will crave the M240i’s extra power. Now is a great time to take a test drive.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All BMW 2 Series MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.